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Objective . Atherosclerosis is a progressive disease characterized by a series of inflammatory responses in the large and medium arteries. Th17 cells, a distinct T cell lineage which has recently been identified, have a proinflammatory role and are implicated in many inflammatory conditions in...
Background . Incidence of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) differs among studies and non-autopsied cases are difficult to assess. Objectives . To investigate causes of sudden death in infancy in a nationwide setting. Validate the use of the ICD-10...
Objective . To assess the association between QT interval, QT dispersion and main cardiovascular risk factors in Tallinn women population aged 50––69 years. Design . A random sample of Tallinn population, 302 women underwent 12-lead rest ECG, echocardiography and laboratory tests. Corrected...
In a retrospective study we assessed surgical results following right ventricular to pulmonary artery connection repair or replacement at a medium of 2.4 years (0––8) follow-up. Data were retrieved from hospital charts. Results . Three hundred and sixty five operations were performed in 286...
Objectives . To compare cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) after PCI in cases with normal baseline levels of both biomarkers. Design . cTnI and CK-MB after PCI were stratified as multiples of the 99 th percent upper reference limit (99%URL) and compared to each other in 489...
Objectives . To evaluate the survival after acute aortic dissections as a function of dissection type and initial treatment. Design . Chart review of all acute aortic dissection cases admitted during 1998––2004 (n == 84) to a single cardiothoracic center. Results . Endovascular treatment of...
Background . Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is considered to be a cardioprotective cytokine possessing antiapoptotic and antiproliferative properties. If GDF-15 plasma levels are influenced by percutanenous coronary intervention (PCI) or regular exercise training is currently not...
Background/aims . Guidelines from the European Society of Cardiology are important tools for defining and establishing current standards of care for various heart diseases. The aim of the present paper is to describe the process of how these international guidelines may be transformed and...
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