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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP3) gene variation in relation to the degree of coronary atherosclerosis and risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS In this study, we systematically screened the promoter and coding regions for sequence variants. All polymorphisms(More)
OBJECTIVE Loss-of-function mutations of the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) gene cause Tangier disease, a rare genetic disorder with accumulation of lipid-laden macrophages and increased risk of atherosclerosis. Common variants of this gene may be a genetic factor for atherosclerosis in the general population. This study was performed to test(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial infarction (MI) is often preceded by unstable angina. Helping patients identify the onset of unstable angina rather than MI may result in earlier treatment and improve outcomes. Unstable angina is angina occurring at a lower-than-usual workload. Since heart rate (HR) is correlated with degree of exertion, we hypothesised that angina(More)
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