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Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and calcium antagonists are 2 classes of antihypertensive agents frequently used either as monotherapy or in combination. A 6-week, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in essential hypertensive patients (diastolic...
Fibrinogen has emerged as a risk factor for coronary artery disease in men that equals cholesterol in importance. It is known to play an important role in reparative processes, and evidence is accumulating that h'brinogen/fibrin accumulates at the site of minimal vascular injury. Fibrinogen...
In conclusion, atrial flutter ablation can be successfully performed in patients with or without a history of AF and does not appear to be proarrhythmic for AF.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate nonuniformity in pressure overload hypertrophy due to aortic stenosis. Twenty patients were included in the present analysis. Ten patients with severe aortic stenosis were studied preoperatively as well as early (21 ± 8 months) and late (89 ± 21...
The defibrillation thresholds of both first-phase polarities of a biphasic waveform were tested using an endocardial defibrillation electrode system. Despite differences in defibrillation thresholds in the individual patient, both tested electrode polarities lead to a comparable overall...
Maximal, reproducible and thus “standardized” dilation of epicardial coronary arteries can be easily achieved with intracoronary bolus administration of 0.1 mg nitroglycerin without considerable decrease in blood pressure. Addition of other nitrocompounds or calcium antagonists cannot...
Saphenous vein graft (SVG) disease, a form of accelerated atherosclerosis, remains a therapeutic conundrum. The use of stents after excluding the presence of thrombus has proved highly successful at short- and long-term follow-up. We report on 60 severely symptomatic patients with multiple...
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