Zivile Valuckiene

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BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) are independently associated with increased vascular stiffness. We examined whether renal function contributes to vascular stiffness independently of CAD status. METHODS We studied 160 patients with CAD and 169 subjects without CAD. The 4-variable MDRD formula was used to estimate(More)
Biobanks have been recognized as a key research infrastructure and how to approach ethical questions has been a topic of discussion for at least a decade by now. This article explores the characteristics of donors' participation in European biobanks as reflected in the consent documents of a selection of different biobanks from various European countries.(More)
UNLABELLED Ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) is an established adverse prognostic factor after myocardial infarction (MI). Functional ischemic mitral regurgitation in acute phase of MI remains under-investigated due to its often transient and dynamic nature. We aimed to assess left ventricular (LV) mechanics by speckle-tracking echocardiography in acute(More)
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