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Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in western society. It is now widely accepted that the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and, in particular, angiotensin II (A-II) play a key role in the pathophysiology of CHF. Large-scale clinical trials have...
In the past few years, drug-eluting stents have emerged as one of the most promising technologies in the field of interventional cardiology. Loaded with antiproliferative and anti-inflammatory agents, these stents have the potential to reduce post-stent-implantation restenosis significantly. In...
Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system improves morbidity and mortality of patients with cardiovascular diseases, e. g. arterial hypertension, renal failure, following myocardial infarction and in congestive heart failure. The angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonists (angiotensin...
Regression of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an important intermediate target for antihypertensive therapy. Thus, several trials and meta-analyses have attempted to compare the effects of different antihypertensive agents on LVH, but flawed study designs and methodologic problems have...
Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of mortality in the industrial world today. We are constantly moving towards new and better ways of fighting this epidemic. Advances have been made in various fields such as patient education, imaging techniques, interventional cardiology, and novel...
Intravascular brachytherapy has become the standard of care for the treatment of coronary in-stent restenosis after repeat angioplasty. More than 5000 patients have been treated as part of various clinical trials. Based on the results of the GAMMA I trial, the START (90Sr Treatment of...
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