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  • 1.
    Andersson, Anne
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Enblad, Gunilla
    Uppsala universitet.
    Gustavsson, Anita
    Lunds universitet.
    Erlanson, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Hagberg, Hans
    Uppsala universitet.
    Molin, Daniel
    Uppsala universitet.
    Tavelin, Björn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Melin, Beatrice
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Cardiovascular side effects following treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma: comorbidity factors and a strategy for interventionManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Andersson, Anne
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Tavelin, Björn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Enblad, Gunilla
    Gustavsson, Anita
    Malmer, Beatrice
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Long-term risk of cardiovascular disease in Hodgkin lymphoma survivors: retrospective cohort analyses and a concept for prospective intervention2009In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 124, no 8, p. 1914-1917Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous studies have shown increased cardiovascular mortality as late side effects in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients. This study identifies stratifying risk factors for surveillance and defines concepts for a clinical feasible and noninvasive prospective protocol for intervention of cardiovascular side effects. HL patients diagnosed between 1965 and 1995 (n = 6.946) and their first-degree relatives (FDR) were identified through the Swedish Cancer Registry and the Swedish Multigeneration Registry. For the HL and FDR cohort, in-patient care for cardiovascular disease (CVD) was registered through the Hospital Discharge Registry, Sweden. Standard incidence ratios of developing CVD for the HL cohort were calculated. A markedly increased risk for in-patient care of CVD was observed in HL patients with HL diagnosed at age 40 years or younger and with more than 10 years follow-up. In the HL survivors, a family history of congestive heart failure (CHF) and coronary artery disease (CAD) increased the risk for these diseases. The Swedish Hodgkin Intervention and Prevention study started in 2007. In the pilot feasibility study for prospective intervention (47 patients), about 25% of the cases had side effects and laboratory abnormalities. These patients were referred to a cardiologist or general practitioner. In the prospective cohort, a positive family history for CHF or CAD could be a stratifying risk factor when setting up a surveillance model. The prospective on-going study presents an intervention model that screens and treats for comorbidity factors. This article also presents an overview of the study concept.

  • 3.
    Björ, Bodil
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Burström, Lage
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Karlsson, Marcus
    Nilsson, Tohr
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Wiklund, Urban
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Acute effects on heart rate variability when exposed to hand transmitted vibration and noise.2007In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 81, no 2, p. 193-199Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: This study investigates possible acute effects on heart rate variability (HRV) when people are exposed to hand transmitted vibration and noise individually and simultaneously. METHODS: Ten male and 10 female subjects were recruited by advertisement. Subjects completed a questionnaire concerning their work environment, general health, medication, hearing, and physical activity level. The test started with the subject resting for 15 min while sitting down. After resting, they were exposed to one of four exposure conditions: (1) only vibration; (2) only noise; (3) both noise and vibration; or (4) a control condition of exposure to the static load only. All four exposures lasted 15 min and the resting time between the exposures was 30 min. A continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) signal was recorded and the following HRV parameters were calculated: total spectral power (P(TOT)); the spectral power of the very low frequency component (P(VLF)); the low frequency component (P(LF)); the high frequency component (P(HF)); and the ratio LF/HF. RESULTS: Exposure to only vibration resulted in a lower P(TOT) compared to static load, whereas exposure to only noise resulted in a higher P(TOT). The mean values of P(TOT), P(VLF), P(LF), and P(HF) were lowest during exposure to vibration and simultaneous exposure to vibration and noise. CONCLUSIONS: Exposure to vibration and/or noise acutely affects HRV compared to standing without these exposures. Being exposed to vibration only and being exposed to noise only seem to generate opposite effects. Compared to no exposure, P(TOT) was reduced during vibration exposure and increased during noise exposure.

  • 4.
    Eliasson, Mats
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Jansson, Jan-Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Lundblad, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    The disparity between long-term survival in patients with and without diabetes following a first myocardial infarction did not change between 1989 and 2006: an analysis of 6,776 patients in the Northern Sweden MONICA Study2011In: Diabetologia, ISSN 0012-186X, E-ISSN 1432-0428, Vol. 54, no 10, p. 2538-2543Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aims/hypothesis: Long-term survival after myocardial infarction(MI) has improved in the population, but data ondiabetic patients is lacking. We analysed survival for up to18 years after a first MI in patients with or without diabetes

    Methods: The Northern Sweden MONICA MyocardialInfarction Registry was linked to the Cause-of-DeathRegistry for a total of 6,776 patients, 25–64 years of age,with a first MI during 1989–2006. Prehospital deaths wereincluded. Follow-up ended on 30 August 2008.

    Results: Sixteen per cent had diabetes. Median follow-uptime was 6.8 years, and the study included 50,667 patientyears.One third of the non-diabetic patients died vs half ofthe diabetic patients. Median survival for non-diabetic menwas 227 months and for diabetic men 123 months.Corresponding figures for the non-diabetic and diabeticwomen were 222 and 81 months respectively. Men withdiabetes had an age-adjusted HR for all-cause mortality of 1.56 (95% CI 1.39, 1.79) vs men without diabetes. Mortality risk was higher among diabetic women, HR1.97 (1.62, 2.39) (diabetes × sex interaction, p=0.03). Survival increased for three consecutive cohorts and washigher in non-diabetic patients for all durations of follow-upand in all three cohorts. The interaction of diabetes x cohortwas not significant over time (p=0.5) and HRs did notdiffer either.

    Conclusions/interpretation Long-term survival after a firstMI is markedly lower in diabetic patients, especially amongwomen, over an 18-year observation time. Althoughsurvival has improved in diabetic patients, the effect ofdiabetes upon mortality has not diminished.

  • 5.
    Eriksson, Peter
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    [Aggressive or conservative strategy in unstable coronary disease. Is the scrutiny of the investigating experts by the three professors unbiased?]2006In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 103, no 30-31, p. 2240-1; discussion 2241Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6. Friberg, Örjan
    et al.
    Engström, Karl-Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Hentschel, Jan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Freter, Wolfgang
    Åberg, Bengt
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    Sandin, Mathias
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Carath -ett verksamhetsinitierat kvalitetsregister och processtöd: Ger toraxkirurgin bra möjlighet att följa vårdprocessen2011In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 108, no 26-28, p. 1365-1369Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Carath is the name of a database and outcomes registry for cardiovascular surgery used and developed by four Swedish cardiothoracic centres in cooperation. This report focuses on our experiences, positive and negative, of designing and implementing a “tailor made” database program for process control in mainly cardiac surgery. The system now provides valuable, and in some ways unique information on medical outcomes as well as administrative data. We have also become very aware of the difficulties involved in maintaining a good quality of data in multicentre medical registries. Several factors, not least the human factor, must be taken into account when building user friendly databases and quality registries. Variables must be well defined. Also, direct linking of data and outcomes directly from digitalised patient records has proved to be complicated - technically and due to the complexity of health care processes.

  • 7.
    Gustafsson, Nils
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Ahlqvist, Jan B.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Wester, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Medicine. Department of Clinical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet Danderyds Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Buhlin, Kare
    Gustafsson, Anders
    Levring Jäghagen, Eva
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
    Calcified carotid artery atheromas in panoramic radiographs are associated with a first myocardial infarction: a case-control study2018In: Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology, ISSN 2212-4403, E-ISSN 2212-4411, Vol. 125, no 2, p. 199-205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. The aim of this case-control study was to investigate whether patients with a first myocardial infarction (MI) had a higher prevalence of calcified carotid artery atheromas (CCAAs) on panoramic radiographs (PRs) than age-, gender-, and residential area-matched controls without MI. Study Design. Six hundred ninety-six cases with a first MI and 696 controls were included in this substudy of the Swedish multicentre PAROKRANK study. All participants underwent panoramic radiography, and the PRs were evaluated for CCAAs. Results. The prevalence of CCAAs detected by PR was 33.8% (235 of 696) in cases and 27.6% (192 of 696) in controls (odds ratio [OR] 1.24; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.04-1.44; P = .012). Among males, 32.7% of cases (184 of 562) and 26.5% of controls (149 of 562) displayed CCAAs on PRs (OR 1.24; 95% CI 1.03-1.48; P = .022). Among both genders, bilateral CCAAs were significantly more common among cases than among controls (P = .002). Conclusions. Cases with recent MIs had a significantly higher prevalence of CCAAs on PRs compared with controls without MIs. This difference between groups was more pronounced for bilateral CCAAs. These findings supported the hypothesis that CCAA detection could serve as a risk indicator for future MIs.

  • 8.
    Haney, Michael F
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    ST changes and temporal relation to the J point during heart rate increase and myocardial ischemia.2009In: Journal of electrocardiology, ISSN 1532-8430, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 6-11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is no concensus concerning where in the ST segment to measure. We studied the relation between different J point intervals to ST results during tachycardia and ischemia. Symptomatic (anesthetized) patients with coronary artery disease were paced at ascending incremental levels until they became ischemic. ST vector magnitude and ST vector change from baseline (STC-VM) as well as the sum of ST changes from all 12 electrocardiogram (ECG) leads (ECG ST sum) were measured at J point 0 millisecond, J + 20, J + 60, and J + 80 milliseconds for 34 patients. ST segments increased in similar fashion during pacing and ischemia. There was no difference in ST results when measurement was performed at different time intervals for both STC-VM and ECG ST sum. We conclude that ST assessment by ST change from baseline is not affected by different J point intervals during increased heart rate and ischemia in this clinical model of pacing-induced ischemia and vectorcardiographic ST analysis.

  • 9.
    Hellström Ängerud, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Hörnsten, Åsa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    The Process of Care-seeking for Myocardial Infarction Among Patients With Diabetes2015In: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 0889-4655, E-ISSN 1550-5049, Vol. 30, no 5, p. E1-E8Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: People with diabetes have a higher risk for myocardial infarction (MI) than do people without diabetes. It is extremely important that patients with MI seek medical care as soon as possible after symptom onset because the shorter the time from symptom onset to treatment, the better the prognosis.

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore how people with diabetes experience the onset of MI and how they decide to seek care.

    METHODS: We interviewed 15 patients with diabetes, 7 men and 8 women, seeking care for MI. They were interviewed 1 to 5 days after their admission to hospital. Five of the participants had had a previous MI; 5 were being treated with insulin; 5, with a combination of insulin and oral antidiabetic agents; and 5, with oral agents only. Data were analyzed according to grounded theory.

    RESULTS: The core category that emerged, "becoming ready to act," incorporated the related categories of perceiving symptoms, becoming aware of illness, feeling endangered, and acting on illness experience. Our results suggest that responses in each of the categories affect the care-seeking process and could be barriers or facilitators in timely care-seeking. Many participants did not see themselves as susceptible to MI and MI was not expressed as a complication of diabetes.

    CONCLUSIONS: Patients with diabetes engaged in a complex care-seeking process, including several delaying barriers, when they experienced symptoms of an MI. Education for patients with diabetes should include discussions about their increased risk of MI, the range of individual variation in symptoms and onset of MI, and the best course of action when possible symptoms of MI occur.

  • 10.
    Hellström Ängerud, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine. Internal Medicine, Sunderbyn, Luleå, Sweden.
    Longer pre-hospital delay in first myocardial infarction among patients with diabetes: an analysis of 4266 patients in the Northern Sweden MONICA Study2013In: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, ISSN 1471-2261, E-ISSN 1471-2261, Vol. 13, no 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Reperfusion therapy reduces both morbidity and mortality in myocardial infarction, but the effectiveness depends on how fast the patient receives treatment. Despite the time-dependent effectiveness of reperfusion therapy, many patients with myocardial infarction have delays in seeking medical care. The aim of this study was to describe pre-hospital delay in a first myocardial infarction among men and women with and without diabetes and to describe the association between pre-hospital delay time and diabetes, sex, age, symptoms and size of residential area as a proxy for distance to hospital.

    Methods: This population based study was based on data from 4266 people aged 25-74 years, with a first myocardial infarction registered in the Northern Sweden MONICA myocardial infarction registry between 2000 and 2008.

    Results: The proportion of patients with delay times >= 2 h was 64% for patients with diabetes and 58% for patients without diabetes. There was no difference in delay time >= 2 h between men and women with diabetes. Diabetes, older age and living in a town or rural areas were factors associated with pre-hospital delay times >= 2 h. Atypical symptoms were not a predictor for pre-hospital delay times >= 2 h, OR 0.59 (0.47; 0.75).

    Conclusions: A higher proportion of patients with diabetes have longer pre-hospital delay in myocardial infarction than patients without diabetes. There are no differences in pre-hospital delay between men and women with diabetes. The largest risk difference for pre-hospital delay >= 2 h is between women with and without diabetes. Diabetes, older age and living in a town or rural area are predictors for pre-hospital delay >= 2 h.

  • 11.
    Hellström Ängerud, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine. Internal Medicine, Sunderbyn, Luleå, Sweden.
    Patients with diabetes are not more likely to have atypical symptoms when seeking care of a first myocardial infarction: an analysis of 4028 patients in the Northern Sweden MONICA Study2012In: Diabetic Medicine, ISSN 0742-3071, E-ISSN 1464-5491, Vol. 29, no 7, p. e82-e87Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To describe symptoms of a first myocardial infarction in men and women with and without diabetes.

    Methods: We conducted a population-based study of 4028 people aged 25-74 years, with first myocardial infarction registered in the Northern Sweden Multinational MONItoring of trends and determinants in CArdiovascular disease (MONICA) myocardial infarction registry between 2000 and 2006. Symptoms were classified as typical or atypical according to the World Health Organization MONICA manual.

    Results: Among patients with diabetes, 90.1% reported typical symptoms of myocardial infarction; the corresponding proportion among patients without diabetes was 91.5%. In the diabetes group, 88.8% of women and 90.8% of men had typical symptoms of myocardial infarction. No differences were found in symptoms of myocardial infarction between women with and without diabetes or between men with and without diabetes. Atypical symptoms were more prevalent in the older age groups (> 65 years) than in the younger age groups (< 65 years). The increases were approximately equal among men and women, with and without diabetes. Diabetes was not an independent predictor for having atypical symptoms of myocardial infarction.

    Conclusions: Typical symptoms of myocardial infarction were equally prevalent in patients with and without diabetes and there were no sex differences in symptoms among persons with diabetes. Diabetes was not a predictor of atypical symptoms.

    © 2011 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine© 2011 Diabetes UK.

  • 12.
    Hellström Ängerud, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Thylen, Ingela
    Department of Cardiology and Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University.
    Sederholm Lawesson, Sofia
    Department of Cardiology and Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Symptoms, response to symptoms, and delay times during myocardial infarction in 694 patients with and without diabetesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Hellström Ängerud, Karin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Thylén, Ingela
    Sederholm Lawesson, Sofia
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Symptoms and delay times during myocardial infarction in 694 patients with and without diabetes: an explorative cross-sectional study2016In: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, ISSN 1471-2261, E-ISSN 1471-2261, Vol. 16, article id 108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: In myocardial infarction (MI) a short pre-hospital delay, prompt diagnosis and timely reperfusion treatment can improve the prognosis. Despite the importance of timely care seeking, many patients with MI symptoms delay seeking medical care. Previous research is inconclusive about differences in symptom presentation and pre-hospital delay between patients with and without diabetes during MI. The aim of this study was to describe symptoms and patient delay during MI in patients with and without diabetes.

    METHODS: Swedish cross-sectional multicentre survey study enrolling MI patients in 5 centres within 24 h from admittance.

    RESULTS: Chest pain was common in patients both with and without diabetes and did not differ after adjustment for age and sex. Patients with diabetes had higher risk for shoulder pain/discomfort, shortness of breath, and tiredness, but lower risk for cold sweat. The three most common symptoms reported by patients with diabetes were chest pain, pain in arms/hands and tiredness. In patients without diabetes the most common symptoms were chest pain, cold sweat and pain in arms/hands. Median patient delay time was 2 h, 24 min for patients with diabetes and 1 h, 15 min for patients without diabetes (p = 0.024).

    CONCLUSION: Chest pain was common both in patients with and without diabetes. There were more similarities than differences in MI symptoms between patients with and without diabetes but patients with diabetes had considerably longer delay. This knowledge is important not only for health care personnel meeting patients with suspected MI, but also for the education of people with diabetes.

  • 14.
    Holmgren, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Bull Enger, Tone
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Videm, Vibeke
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Valle, Solveig
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Dybvad Evjemo, Karen Julie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Wahba, Alexander
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Results of surgical aortic valve replacement in a Swedish population: relative survival vs. observed mortalityManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Holmgren, Anders
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Rumsby, Gill
    Gustafsson, Sandra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Henein, Michael Y.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    The nature of cardiac calcification in aortic stenosis2012In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 158, no 2, p. 319-321Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Häggmark, Sören
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Haney, Michael F
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Jensen, Steen M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    ST-segment deviations during pacing-induced increased heart rate in patients without coronary artery disease.2005In: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, ISSN 1475-0961, E-ISSN 1475-097X, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 246-522Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: In order to interpret ST-segment changes as an indicator of ischemia in patients with higher heart rates (HRs), the relation between ST-segment levels and HR needs to be well defined in subjects without coronary artery disease. METHODS: Eighteen patients with normal ECGs in the catheterization laboratory, after radiofrequency ablation of AV nodal re-entry tachycardia or an accessory pathway were included. Computerized online vectorcardiography (VCG) was performed during step-wise atrial pacing-induced increases in HR up to 150 beats min(-1) (bpm). The ST-vector magnitude (ST-VM) and the relative ST change vector magnitude (STC-VM) were analysed at the J point, J + 20 and J + 60 ms. RESULTS: There was no divergence in the course of ST-VM or STC-VM based on J point + 0, 20, or 60 ms during increasing HR. The STC-VM mean values increased progressively during increases in HR above 100 bpm, with an average increase in STC-VM of 15-20 microV per 10 bpm increases in HR. The ST-VM response during HR increases showed a heterogeneous and unpredictable pattern. CONCLUSION: The STC-VM increases linearly with rising HRs above 100 bpm. The STC-VM can exceed widely recognized ischemic thresholds during higher HRs in the absence of ischemia. The choice of J point time to ST-VM measurements as tested here is not important for the STC-VM relation to HR at these HR levels. Further clinical testing is needed to improve the diagnostic specificity of STC-VM measurements during increased HRs.

  • 17.
    Häggmark, Sören
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Haney, Michael F
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Biber, Björn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Vectorcardiographic ST deviations related to increased heart rate in the absence of ischemia in an experimental pig model.2006In: Journal of Electrocardiology, ISSN 0022-0736, E-ISSN 1532-8430, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 169-176Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The electrocardiographic ST segment may change when heart rate (HR) increases. We aimed to analyze vectorcardiographic ST relation and myocardial conditions during controlled HR increases in anesthetized pigs. The relative parameters ST change vector magnitude and ST change vector angle were calculated at paced HRs ranging from 85 to 175 beats per minute. ST change vector magnitude increased from baseline 6.3 +/- 1.3 to 26.0 +/- 3.1 microV (P < .01; range, 4-50 microV) at HR 175 beats per minute with similar changes in ST change vector angle, whereas the absolute parameter ST vector magnitude demonstrated a heterogeneous pattern without any systematic relation to HR changes. Microdialysis results from left ventricular wall, with analysis of glucose, lactate, and pyruvate, showed no sign of ischemia during pacing. Potassium concentrations did not change during pacing. We conclude that significant HR-related ST vector changes can occur in the absence of myocardial ischemia.

  • 18.
    Häggmark, Sören
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Haney, Michael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Contributions of myocardial ischemia and heart rate to ST segment changes in patients with or without coronary artery disease.2008In: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-5172, E-ISSN 1399-6576, Vol. 52, no 2, p. 219-228Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: ST changes related to ischemia at different heart rates (HRs) have not been well described. We aimed to analyze ST dynamic changes by vectorcardiography (VCG) during pacing-induced HR changes for subjects with proven coronary artery disease (CAD) and without (non-CAD). METHODS: Symptomatic CAD patients scheduled for elective surgery were enrolled along with a non-CAD group. During anesthesia, both groups were placed at multiple ascending levels. VCG ST data, and in particular in ST change vector magnitude (STC-VM) from baseline, along with arterial and great coronary artery vein (GCV) blood samples were collected to determine regional myocardial lactate production. RESULTS: A total of 35 CAD and 10 non-CAD patients were studied over six incremental 10 beat/min HR increases. STC-VM mean levels increased in the CAD group from 9+/-5 to 131+/-37 microV (standard deviation) compared with non-CAD subjects with 8+/-3-76+/-34 microV. Myocardial ischemia (lactate production) was noted at higher HRs and the positive predictive value for STC-VM to detect ischemia was 58% with the negative predictive value being 88%. STC-VM at 54 microV showed a sensitivity of 88% and a specificity of 75% for identification of ischemia. CONCLUSIONS: Both HR and ischemia at higher HRs contribute to VCG ST elevation. Established ST ischemia detection concerning HR levels is suboptimal, and further attention to the effects of HR on ST segments is needed to improve electrocardiographic ischemia criteria.

  • 19.
    Isaksson, Rose-Marie
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine. Department of Medicine, Sunderby Hospital, Luleå.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Zingmark, Karin
    FoU enheten, Luleå, Norrbottens läns landsting.
    Older women's prehospital experiences of their first myocardial infarction: a qualitative analysis from the Northern Sweden MONICA Study2013In: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 0889-4655, E-ISSN 1550-5049, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 360-369Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Few qualitative studies have been conducted on older women’s experiences of myocardial infarction (MI) and, in particular, the time before they seek medical care.

    Objective: The aim of this study was to explore older women’s prehospital experiences of their first MI.

    Methods: Qualitative content analysis was performed on data from individual interviews with 20 women, aged 65 to 80 years (mean, 73.0 years). The participants were interviewed 3 days after admission to a hospital for a confirmed first MI.

    Results: The women perceived their symptoms as a strange and unfamiliar development from indistinct physical sensations to persistent and overwhelming chest pain. Throughout the prehospital phase, they used different strategies such as downplaying and neglecting the symptoms. The symptoms were seen as intrusions in their daily lives, against which the participants defended themselves to remain in control and to maintain social responsibilities. As their symptoms evolved into constant chest pain, the women began to realize the seriousness of their symptoms. When the pain became unbearable, the women took the decision to seek medical care.

    Conclusion: Understanding the complex experiences of older women in the prehospital phase is essential to reducing their patient decision times. The findings of this study should be incorporated into the education of professionals involved in the care of cardiac patients, including those who answer informational and emergency telephone lines.

  • 20.
    Isaksson, Rose-Marie
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Zingmark, Karin
    Prehospital experiences of older men with a first myocardial infarction: a qualitative analysis within the Northern Sweden MONICA Study2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 787-797Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim:  To explore older men's prehospital experiences of their first myocardial infarction (MI). Background:  The delay between the onset of symptoms to the initiation of medical care is a major determinant of prognosis in MI. The majority of people experiencing MI are men. But few studies have been conducted solely on men's experiences before seeking medical care for MI. The objective of this study was to explore older men's experiences of symptoms and their reasoning during the prehospital phase of their first MI. Method:  Data collection was carried out through individual interviews with 20 men representing the age range 65-80 (mean 71) years. The participants were interviewed 3 days after admission for a confirmed first MI. The interviews were designed to prompt the men to describe their symptoms and their reasoning up to the decision to seek care. A qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the interviews. Findings:  The prehospital phase in older men was found to be a complex and extended journey. The symptoms were perceived from diffuse ill-being to a cluster of alarming symptoms. The participants dealt with conceptions about MI symptoms. They were unsure about the cause of their symptoms, which did not correspond to their expectations about an MI, and whether they should seek medical care. They had difficulty making the final decision to seek care and strived to maintain a normal life. They initially tried to understand, reduce or treat the symptoms by themselves. The decision to seek medical care preceded a movement from uncertainty to conviction. Conclusions:  Understanding older men's prehospital experiences of MI is essential to reduce their patient decision times. This requires knowledge about the complexity and dynamic evolvement of symptoms, beliefs and strategies to maintain an ordinary life.

  • 21.
    Isaksson, Rose-Marie
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Brulin, Christine
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Zingmark, Karin
    FoU enheten, Luleå, Norrbottens läns landsting.
    Prehospital experiences of older men with a first myocardial infarction: a qualitative analysis within the Northern Sweden MONICA StudyManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim: To explore older men’s prehospital experiences of their first MI.

    Background:  The delay between the onset of symptoms to the initiation of medical care is a major determinant of prognosis in myocardial infarction (MI).  The largest single component of the delay is the time it takes the person to respond to the symptoms by seeking care. The majority of people experiencing MI are men. But few studies have been conducted solely on men’s experiences before seeking medical care for MI. The objective of this study was to explore older men’s experiences of symptoms and their reasoning during the prehospital phase of their first MI.

    Method: Data collection was carried out through individual interviews with 20 men representing the age range 65–80 (mean 71) years. The participants were interviewed three days after admission for a confirmed first MI (with or without ST elevation). The interviews were designed to prompt the men to describe their symptoms and their reasoning up to the decision to seek care. A qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the interviews.        

    Findings: The prehospital phase in older men was found to be a complex and extended journey. The symptoms were perceived from diffuse ill-being to a cluster of alarming symptoms. During this journey the participants dealt with conceptions about MI symptoms. They were unsure both about the cause of their symptoms, which did not correspond to their expectations about an MI, and about whether they should seek medical care. They had difficulty making the final decision to seek care and strived to maintain a normal life. They initially tried to understand, reduce, or treat the symptoms by themselves. The decision to seek medical care preceded a movement from uncertainty to conviction.

    Conclusions:Understanding older men’s prehospital experiences of MI is essential to reduce their patient decision times. This requires knowledge about the complexity and dynamic evolvement of symptoms, beliefs and strategies to maintain an ordinary life.

  • 22.
    Isaksson, Rose-Marie
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
    Jansson, Jan-Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Lundblad, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Zingmark, Karin
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Better long-term survival in young and middle-aged women than in men after a first myocardial infarction between 1985 and 2006. An analysis of 8630 patients in the Northern Sweden MONICA Study.2011In: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, ISSN 1471-2261, E-ISSN 1471-2261, Vol. 11, p. 1-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Age-adjusted survival was higher among women than men after a first MI and has improved markedly and equally in both men and women over a 23-year period. This difference was due to lower risk for women to die before reaching hospital.

  • 23.
    Jensen, Steen
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    On-line computerized vectorcardiography: influence of body position, heart rate, radiographic contrast fluid and myocardial ischemia1997In: Cardiology, Vol. 88, no 6, p. 576-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    On-line computerized vectorcardiography (cVCG) is increasingly being used for continuous monitoring of myocardial ischemia, however, little is known about factors other than ischemia causing electrocardiographic abnormalities. This paper describes how three important cVCG parameters, STC-VM, ST-VM and QRS-VD, are affected by different body positions, myocardial ischemia, contrast injection and increasing heart rate in patients with and without coronary artery disease. The main findings of the study are: contrast injection and different body positions caused major changes in QRS-VD but affected ST-VM and STC-VM to a minor degree. Increasing heart rate by atrial pacing produced substantial changes in all three parameters. Ischemia during angioplasty also produced changes in all three parameters, STC-VM being the most sensitive parameter. In conclusion: (1) STC-VM (> or = 50 microV) is the most valuable parameter for monitoring ischemia; (2) we propose ST-VM > or = 50 microV as criterion instead of previously used 25 microV; (3) QRS-VD cannot be used as a single marker of ischemia, and (4) electrocardiographic changes induced by increased heart rate should be taken into account during interpretation.

  • 24.
    Jensen, Steen
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Osterman, Göran
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    On-line computerized vectorcardiography monitoring of myocardial ischemia during coronary angioplasty: comparison with 12-lead electrocardiography1994In: Coron Artery Dis, Vol. 5, no 6, p. 507-14Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: With new interventions minimizing ischemic myocardial injury, accurate and reliable techniques for the detection and continuous monitoring of myocardial ischemia are essential. We compared two techniques used for the detection of myocardial ischemia during coronary angioplasty: on-line computerized vectorcardiographic (cVCG) monitoring and the standard electrocardiography (ECG) leads or the complete 12-lead ECG. METHODS: Thirty patients scheduled for routine angioplasty were included in the study. cVCG was recorded continuously. The electrodes were placed according to the lead system described by Frank and connected to a computerized system for on-line vectorcardiography. A 12-lead ECG was recorded simultaneously. The absolute variable spatial ST vector magnitude (ST-VM) and the relative variable spatial ST change vector magnitude (STC-VM) were calculated and compared with the standard 12-lead ECG for the detection of ischemia. RESULTS: The sum of deviation in ST segment in all 12 standard ECG leads correlated closely with STC-VM, irrespective of which artery was occluded. STC-VM indicated ischemia during the first balloon inflation in 87% of the patients and demonstrated ischemia in more patients than the standard 12-lead ECG. Myocardial ischemia was not demonstrated by ST-VM in five out of 26 patients with ischemia according to STC-VM. In these cases, mainly directional vector changes and fewer changes in magnitude were observed. CONCLUSION: Compared with 12-lead ECG, on-line cVCG is a more sensitive method of detecting myocardial ischemia during coronary angioplasty and the reading is easier and faster. Our results support STC-VM > or = 0.050 mV as the criterion for ischemia during angioplasty; ST-VM should be applied together with STC-VM.

  • 25.
    Jensen, Steen
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Karp, Kjell
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Assessment of myocardium at risk in pigs with single photon emission computed tomography and computerized vectorcardiography during transient coronary occlusion2000In: Scand Cardiovasc J, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 142-8Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since myocardium at risk (MAR) is the major prognosticator of final infarct size and outcome in patients with acute myocardial infarction, it is highly desirable to estimate the size of the acutely ischemic myocardium, that is the MAR, in these patients. We assessed MAR size by Tc-99m-sestamibi-SPECT and computerized vectorcardiography using autoradiography as reference method. Transient myocardial ischemia was achieved in 12 pigs by coronary artery occlusion with PTCA catheters. During the procedure, computerized vectorcardiography was continuously recorded. After injection of Tc-99m-sestamibi and gadolinium-153-labelled microspheres, MAR size was estimated by SPECT and post-mortem autoradiography. Different cut-off levels (50-70%) were compared with respect to MAR-SPECT. Tc-99m-sestamibi-SPECT showed a good correlation with autoradiography (r = 0.94). Computerized vectorcardiography showed a good correlation with autoradiography as well as with Tc-99m-sestamibi-SPECT (STC-VM: r = 0.75 and 0.80, respectively, ST-VM: 0.75 and 0.87, respectively). It was found that 1) MAR assessed by Tc-99m-sestamibi-SPECT correlates closely with the autoradiographic reference; 2) a lower cut-off point of 60% of maximum uptake for MAR by Tc-99m-sestamibi-SPECT gives the closest correlation with the autoradiographic reference; and 3) ST-VM and STC-VM correlate well with MAR assessed by Tc-99m-sestamibi-SPECT and autoradiography.

  • 26.
    Kesek, Milos
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Rönn, Folke
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Tollefsen, Titti
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Höglund, Niklas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Jensen, Steen M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Symptomatic improvement after catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardia measured by the arrhythmia-specific questionnaire U222011In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 116, no 1, p. 52-59Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    After successful ablation of accessory pathway and atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia, the U22 protocol detected a relevant increase in arrhythmia-related well-being. Modest improvement in general well-being was detected by the SF-36 protocol.

  • 27.
    Kovrov, Oleg
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
    Landfors, Fredrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Saar-Kovrov, Valeria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences. CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases MUMC+, Department of Pathology, Maastricht University, 6229 HX Maastricht, The Netherlands.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Olivecrona, Gunilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
    Effects of human plasma components on the activity of lipoprotein lipase: a study of samples from the VIPVIZA cohort using isothermal titration calorimetryManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 28. Køber, Lars
    et al.
    Torp-Pedersen, Christian
    McMurray, John J V
    Gøtzsche, Ole
    Lévy, Samuel
    Crijns, Harry
    Amlie, Jan
    Carlsen, Jan
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Increased mortality after dronedarone therapy for severe heart failure.2008In: The New England journal of medicine, ISSN 1533-4406, Vol. 358, no 25, p. 2678-87Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Dronedarone is a novel antiarrhythmic drug with electrophysiological properties that are similar to those of amiodarone, but it does not contain iodine and thus does not cause iodine-related adverse reactions. Therefore, it may be of value in the treatment of patients with heart failure. METHODS: In a multicenter study with a double-blind design, we planned to randomly assign 1000 patients who were hospitalized with symptomatic heart failure and severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction to receive 400 mg of dronedarone twice a day or placebo. The primary end point was the composite of death from any cause or hospitalization for heart failure. RESULTS: After inclusion of 627 patients (310 in the dronedarone group and 317 in the placebo group), the trial was prematurely terminated for safety reasons, at the recommendation of the data and safety monitoring board, in accordance with the board's predefined rules for termination of the study. During a median follow-up of 2 months, 25 patients in the dronedarone group (8.1%) and 12 patients in the placebo group (3.8%) died (hazard ratio in the dronedarone group, 2.13; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.07 to 4.25; P=0.03). The excess mortality was predominantly related to worsening of heart failure--10 deaths in the dronedarone group and 2 in the placebo group. The primary end point did not differ significantly between the two groups; there were 53 events in the dronedarone group (17.1%) and 40 events in the placebo group (12.6%) (hazard ratio, 1.38; 95% CI, 0.92 to 2.09; P=0.12). More increases in the creatinine concentration were reported as serious adverse events in the dronedarone group than in the placebo group. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with severe heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, treatment with dronedarone was associated with increased early mortality related to the worsening of heart failure. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00543699.)

  • 29.
    Lindmark, Krister
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Söderberg, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Teien, Dag
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Long-term follow-up of mitral valve regurgitation: importance of mitral valve pathology and left ventricular function on survival2009In: International Journal of Cardiology, ISSN 0167-5273, E-ISSN 1874-1754, Vol. 137, no 2, p. 145-150Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Timing of surgery for mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the more difficult decisions for the practicing cardiologist.

    METHODS AND RESULTS: In order to determine useful clinical cut-offs, we investigated the influence of baseline echocardiographic predictors for survival in a long-time follow-up cohort. Data from 144 patients with MR were collected between 1989 and 1993. Five-year mortality for MR patients was 30% compared to 13% for age- and sex matched controls (p<0.001). Each mm increase in left ventricular end systolic diameter (LVESD increased mortality with 2.5% (p<0.05) and each percent decrease in ejection fraction (EF) increased mortality with 1.8% (p<0.05). These effects were not linear and this material suggests cut-off points for LVESD to be 40 mm and EF 50%. Degree of MR did not correlate with survival, but patients with severe MR were operated more often than those with moderate MR. Patients with functional MR had reduced survival compared to patients with structural MR (p<0.01).

    CONCLUSIONS: MR is a disease with greatly increased mortality and these data suggest a more aggressive approach to surgery.

  • 30.
    Ljungberg, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Holmgren, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Bergdahl, Ingvar A.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research.
    Hultdin, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Norberg, Margareta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Johansson, Bengt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Söderberg, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Lipoprotein(a) and the Apolipoprotein B/A1 Ratio Independently Associate With Surgery for Aortic Stenosis Only in Patients With Concomitant Coronary Artery Disease2017In: Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease, ISSN 2047-9980, E-ISSN 2047-9980, Vol. 6, no 12, article id e007160Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Aortic stenosis (AS) has different clinical phenotypes, including AS with or without concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD). It is unknown whether these phenotypes share the same risk factors. In particular, lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] and apolipoproteins (Apo) are associated with AS, but it is unknown whether these associations differ among phenotypes. In this prospective analysis we examined the impact of Lp(a) and Apo in subgroups of patients with AS.

    METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified 336 patients (mean age at survey 56.7 years, 48% female) who underwent surgery for AS after a median 10.9 years (interquartile range 9.3 years), participants in 1 of 3 large population surveys. For each patient, 2 matched referents were allocated. Lp(a) and Apo were analyzed in the baseline samples. Uni- and multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to estimate risks related to a 1 (ln) standard deviation increase in Lp(a) and the ratio of Apo B to Apo A1 (Apo B/A1 ratio). High levels of Lp(a) predicted surgery for AS in 203 patients with concomitant CAD (odds ratio [95% confidence intervals]) (1.29 [1.07-1.55]), but not in 132 patients without CAD (1.04 [0.83-1.29]) in the fully adjusted model. Similarly, a high Apo B/A1 ratio predicted surgery in patients with concomitant CAD (1.43 [1.16-1.76]) but not in those without CAD (0.87 [0.69-1.10]).

    CONCLUSIONS: High levels of Lp(a) and a high Apo B/A1 ratio were associated with surgery for AS in patients with concomitant CAD but not in those with isolated AS. This finding may lead to a new avenue of research for targeted risk factor interventions in this population.

  • 31.
    Ljungberg, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Janiec, Mikael
    Bergdahl, Ingvar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biobank Research.
    Holmgren, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Hultdin, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
    Johansson, Bengt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Siegbahn, Agneta
    Fall, Tove
    Söderberg, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Proteomic Biomarkers for Incident Aortic Stenosis Requiring Valvular Replacement2018In: Circulation, ISSN 0009-7322, E-ISSN 1524-4539, Vol. 138, no 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is the most common indication for cardiac valve surgery; untreated AS is linked to high mortality. The etiological background of AS is unknown. Previous human studies were typically based on case-control studies. Biomarkers identified in prospective studies could lead to novel mechanistic insights. Methods: Within a large population survey with blood samples obtained at baseline, 334 patients were identified who later underwent surgery for AS (median age [interquartile range], 59.9 [10.4] years at survey and 68.3 [12.7] at surgery; 48% female). For each case, 2 matched referents were allocated. Plasma was analyzed with the multiplex proximity extension assay for screening of 92 cardiovascular candidate proteins. Conditional logistic regression models were used to assess associations between each protein and AS, with correction for multiple testing. A separate set of 106 additional cases with 212 matched referents was used in a validation study. Results: Six proteins (growth differentiation factor 15, galectin-4, von Willebrand factor, interleukin 17 receptor A, transferrin receptor protein 1, and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) were associated with case status in the discovery cohort; odds ratios ranged from 1.25 to 1.37 per SD increase in the protein signal. Adjusting the multivariable models for classical cardiovascular risk factors at baseline yielded similar results. Subanalyses of case-referent triplets (n=133) who showed no visible coronary artery disease at the time of surgery in the index person supported associations between AS and growth differentiation factor 15 (odds ratio, 1.40; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-1.78) and galectin-4 (odds ratio, 1.27; 95% confidence interval, 1.02-1.59), but these associations were attenuated after excluding individuals who donated blood samples within 5 years before surgery. In triplets (n=201), which included index individuals with concurrent coronary artery disease at the time of surgery, all 6 proteins were robustly associated with case status in all sensitivity analyses. In the validation study, the association of all but 1 (interleukin 17 receptor A) of these proteins were replicated in patients with AS with concurrent coronary artery disease but not in patients with AS without coronary artery disease. Conclusions: We provide evidence that 5 proteins were altered years before AS surgery and that the associations seem to be driven by concurrent atherosclerotic disease.

  • 32.
    Ljungberg, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Johansson, Bengt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Holmgren, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Hultdin, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Söderberg, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Early impairment of renal function (shrunken pore syndrome) is associated with increased risk for future surgery for aortic stenosisManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction 

    Renal insufficiency is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, it is unknown if early impairment in renal function is associated with increased risk for aortic stenosis (AS). Recently a new approach was proposed to detect early impairment in renal function by using the ratio between glomerular filtration rate (GFR) calculated by cystatin C and GFR calculated by creatinine. 

    Purpose 

    To evaluate if the ratio between GFR cystatin C and GFR creatinine is associated with increased risk for AS requiring surgery and further, to evaluate if the ratio associates with survival. 

    Methods 

    We identified 334 patients that underwent surgery for AS after participation in population surveys (median age (interquartile range) 59.4 (10.3) years at survey and 68.3 (12.7) at surgery, 48% females). For each patient, two matched referents were allocated. Circulating levels of cystatin C and creatinine were determined at baseline (survey). Estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFR) were calculated using the CAPA and Lund-Malmö-Revised formulas. Uni- and multivariable conditional logistic regression analyses were used to estimate the risk (odds ratio (OR) with [95% confidence interval]) related to one (ln) standard deviation increase in cystatin C, creatinine, eGFR cystatin C, eGFR creatinine, and in the ratio between eGFR cystatin C and eGFR creatinine, respectively. 

    Results 

    A high ratio was associated with lower risk for AS requiring surgery (OR 0.84 [0.73–0.97]). After stratification for sex, this effect was seen in women but not in men (0.74 [0.60–0.92] and 0.93 [0.76 [0.76–1.13], respectively). After further stratification for CAD, the association remained in women with CAD, but the effect was not seen in men with CAD (0.60 [0.44–0.83] and 0.96 [0.76 [0.75–1.23]). A high ratio was associated with longer survival in the entire cohort (HR 0.84 [0.75–0.95]). 

    Conclusion 

    A high ratio between eGFR based on cystatin C and eGFR based on creatinine was associated with lower risk for surgery for AS in those with CAD with a clear sex-difference. Early renal impairment is thus associated with future risk for AS requiring surgery. Further, a high ratio relates to longer survival. 

  • 33.
    Lundblad, Dan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Holmgren, Lars
    Jansson, Jan-Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Eliasson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Gender differences in trends of acute myocardial infarction events: the Northern Sweden MONICA study 1985 - 2004.2008In: BMC cardiovascular disorders, ISSN 1471-2261, Vol. 8, p. 17-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: The registration of non-fatal and fatal MI events initiated 1985 in the WHO MONICA project has been ongoing in northern Sweden since the end of the WHO project in 1995. The purpose of the present study was to analyze gender differences in first and recurrent events, case fatality and mortality in myocardial infarction (MI) in Northern Sweden during the 20-year period 1985 - 2004. METHODS: Diagnosed MI events in subjects aged 25-64 years in the Counties of Norrbotten and Västerbotten were validated according to the MONICA protocol. The total number of events registered up to January 1, 2005 was 11,763: 9,387 in men and 2,376 in women. RESULTS: The proportion of male/female events has decreased from 5.5:1 to 3:1. For males the reductions were 30% and 70% for first and recurrent MI, respectively, and for women 0% and 40% in the 55-64 year group. For both sexes a 50% reduction in 28-day case fatality was seen in the 25-64 year-group. Mortality was reduced by 69% and 45% in men and women, respectively. CONCLUSION: First and recurrent events of myocardial infarction was markedly reduced in men over the 20-year observation period, but for women the reduction was seen only for recurrent infarctions. Case fatality, on the other hand, was markedly reduced for both sexes. As a result of the positive effects on incidence and case fatality a substantial reduction was seen in total mortality, most pronounced for men.

  • 34.
    Nilsson, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Boman, Kurt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Jansson, Jan-Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Nilsson, Torbjörn
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    The influence of acute-phase levels of haemostatic factors on reperfusion and mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction treated with streptokinase.2008In: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, ISSN 0929-5305, E-ISSN 1573-742X, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 188-195Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Nilsson, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Eriksson, Anders
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Transient Increase in ST-segment Changes at Time of Reperfusion in Acute Myocardial Infarction Treated by Coronary Angioplasty1998In: The Journal of invasive cardiology, ISSN 1042-3931, E-ISSN 1557-2501, Vol. 10, no 5, p. 246-250Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Nilsson, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Jensen, Steen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Ottander, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    The electrocardiographic reperfusion peak in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction.2007In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 25-31Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Nilsson, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Nilsson, Torbjörn
    Jansson, Jan-Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Boman, Kurt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Söderberg, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    The Effect of Streptokinase Neutralising Antibodies on Fibrinolytic Activity and Reperfusion Following Streptokinase Treatment in Acute Myocardial Infarction.2002In: Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN 0954-6820, E-ISSN 1365-2796, Vol. 252, no 5, p. 405-411Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 38.
    Nilsson, Johan
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Nilsson, Torbjörn
    Jansson, Jan-Håkan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Boman, Kurt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Thögersen, Anna Margrethe
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Relationship between Fibrinolytic Activity following Streptokinase Treatment in Acute Myocardial Infarction and Vectorcardiographic signs of Reperfusion1997In: Fibrinolysis & proteolysis, ISSN 1369-0191, E-ISSN 1532-222X, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 193-199Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 39.
    Nyman, Emma
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Grönlund, Christer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Vanoli, Davide
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Lindqvist, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Carotid artery plaque assessment within the Västerbotten intervention programme: VIPVIZA2015In: Atherosclerosis, ISSN 0021-9150, E-ISSN 1879-1484, Vol. 241, no 1, p. E159-E159Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Nyman, Emma
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Vanoli, Davide
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Grönlund, Christer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Lindqvist, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Clinical Physiology.
    Area measurement of carotid plaque comparing B-MODE, Doppler color and contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging2016In: Atherosclerosis, ISSN 0021-9150, E-ISSN 1879-1484, Vol. 252, p. E191-E191Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Carotid plaque characteristic analysis are suggested to improve risk stratification. Plaque area and echolucent plaques have shown to correlate with increased risk for cardiovascular diseases. A limitation with B-mode imaging is the uncertainty that the whole plaque area is identified, primarily on echolucent plaques. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is used to improve carotid imaging including better plaque area measurement. Aim: Evaluate if CEUS could improve accurate plaque area measurement compared with B-mode and Doppler color flow imaging. Methods: The study included 28 participants (50% females, mean age 58 years) with identified asymptomatic carotid plaques. We performed B-mode, Doppler color and CEUS ultrasound imaging whereas the plaque area was manually outdrawn by a single operator. Plaques were also subjectively classified as 1 echogenic, 2 echolucent, or 3 mixed plaques. Results: We did not find a significant difference in plaque area measurements between different ultrasound image modalities having all plaque types included. In the group of echolucent plaques (n= 11) we found a significant different between B-mode and CEUS (p=0.049) and also between B-mode and Doppler color imaging (p=0.039) (Illustrated in Fig 1). Conclusions: Echolucent plaque can be underestimated with B-mode imaging. Use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound should be considered in carotid plaque imaging on echolucent plaques when plaque outline is difficult to identify.

  • 41.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Hjärtfrekvens som prediktor för plötslig död - det enkla väl så bra soom det sofistikerade.2005In: Läkartidningen, Vol. 102, p. 2387-Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 42.
    Näslund, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Prevention - Problems and Opportunities2015In: Cardiology, ISSN 0008-6312, E-ISSN 1421-9751, Vol. 131, no Supplement 1, p. 12-12Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Marklund, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    A closed-chest myocardial occlusion-reperfusion model in the pig: techniques, morbidity and mortality1992In: Eur Heart J, Vol. 13, no 9, p. 1282-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Extensive preparative surgery and lengthy experimentation may lead to high rate of complications and mortality in myocardial ischaemia studies. These problems are particularly common when pigs are used as the subject as they are prone to develop lethal ventricular arrhythmias. Here, a closed-chest model is presented, in which the trauma of major preparative surgery is avoided. One-hundred and twelve pentobarbital-anaesthetized, mechanically ventilated pigs were used. Coronary occlusion was produced by injection of a 2 mm diameter ball via a modified coronary angiography catheter. Reperfusion was induced by retraction of the ball via a thin filament attached to the ball. The amount of the myocardium at risk (MAR) was 8.23 +/- 2.41% (mean +/- SD) of the left plus right ventricular weight. It was possible to carry out scheduled 24 h experiments in 87 out of 93 animals (93.5%). Preparative mortality was 1.8% and 24 h mortality 6.5%. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) occurred during preparation in 3.6%, during coronary occlusion in 7.3% and during reperfusion in 5.0% of the animals. VF was significantly related to a large zone of MAR and insufficient premedication. Catheter- or ball-induced complications were found in 10.7%. Mortality and incidence of VF are considerably lower in this closed-chest model than in a previously reported open-chest pig preparation.

  • 44.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Marklund, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Limitation of myocardial infarct size by superoxide dismutase as an adjunct to reperfusion after different durations of coronary occlusion in the pig1990In: Circ Res, Vol. 66, no 5, p. 1294-301Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Superoxide dismutase (SOD) has been documented to limit myocardial infarct size in the richly collateralized dog heart. This study was designed to explore this concept in a low-collateralized animal model. A blind, randomized, placebo-controlled protocol was used in 65 pentobarbital-anesthetized pigs subjected to closed-chest left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion for 30 (n = 22), 60 (n = 22), and 90 (n = 14) minutes followed by reperfusion up to 24 hours from the start of occlusion. Another seven control pigs were subjected to 24 hours of permanent occlusion. A total dose of 9 mg/kg bovine CuZn SOD was administered as a bolus injection immediately before reperfusion followed by a 1-hour infusion. Infarct size was assessed by tetrazolium staining. Myocardium at risk and collateral flow were determined by using cerium-141-labeled microspheres (15 microns) during the occlusion. After 30 minutes of occlusion, infarct sizes in placebo versus SOD-treated animals were 45.5 +/- 15.7% vs. 23.8 +/- 15.6% of myocardium at risk (p = 0.007). The corresponding values after 60 minutes of occlusion were 78.6 +/- 9.3% vs. 66.9 +/- 14.6% (p = 0.035). SOD administered after 90 minutes of occlusion did not limit infarct size (88.5 +/- 4.8% vs. 92.3 +/- 5.2%). Twenty-four hours of coronary occlusion resulted in infarction of 92.4 +/- 4.2% of myocardium at risk. (All values are mean +/- SD.) Ventricular fibrillation occurred in only nine pigs distributed equally between SOD and placebo. The results indicate that CuZn SOD has the potential to further improve the myocardial salvage established by reperfusion of an ischemic pig heart territory. However, the narrow time window for limiting infarct size in the pig by reperfusion is not much extended by SOD.

  • 45.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Marklund, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Öberg, Agneta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Superoxide dismutase and catalase reduce infarct size in a porcine myocardial occlusion-reperfusion model1986In: J Mol Cell Cardiol, Vol. 18, no 10, p. 1077-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We investigated if superoxide dismutase and catalase could reduce myocardial infarct size in an open chest occlusion-reperfusion model. Thirty pigs were used for the experiment. The left anterior descending artery was ligated for 60 min followed by a 5 h reperfusion period. After randomisation and blinding the two enzymes or placebo were injected into the left atrium as a bolus immediately before and at the end of the occlusion and as a continuous infusion over the first hour of the reperfusion period. The total dose for each enzyme was 8 mg/kg bw. Tetrazolium staining was used to determine infarct size. The study code was not broken until all calculations and exclusions had been made. Nine animals died from intractable ventricular fibrillation, most commonly during the occlusion. Another three were excluded for technical reasons. We found that superoxide dismutase and catalase reduced infarct size in relation to myocardium at risk from a mean of 89% to 63% (P less than 0.01). Initial plasma half life for the two enzymes after the bolus infusions were calculated to be 30 min.

  • 46.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Pennert, Kjell
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Marklund, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Clinical chemistry.
    Effects of reperfusion and superoxide dismutase on myocardial infarct size in a closed chest pig model1992In: Cardiovasc Res, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 170-8Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The aim was to study the effects on myocardial infarct size of reperfusion alone or of CuZn superoxide dismutase (SOD) as an adjunct to reperfusion. METHODS: Occlusion was induced in closed chest, pentobarbitone anaesthetised, mechanically ventilated pigs by injection of a 2 mm ball into a preselected coronary artery. Reperfusion was achieved by retraction of the ball via an attached filament. Twenty nine placebo treated and 25 SOD treated animals were subjected to 30 (n = 21), 60 (n = 21), and 90 (n = 12) min of coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion to 24 h; a control group of 24 pigs was subjected to a sustained occlusion for 24 h. Infarct size was assessed by tetrazolium staining and plasma creatine kinase (CK), aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT), and lactate dehydrogenase (LD). In the CuZn SOD group, 200 mg bovine CuZn SOD was given as a bolus intravenously immediately before reperfusion followed by a continuous infusion (100 mg) for 60 min. The size of the ischaemic myocardium at risk was measured from post mortem autoradiograms. RESULTS: Infarct size as percent of myocardium at risk was 46.0(SD 15.5)%, 80.1(9.9)%, and 88.9(5.0)% respectively in placebo animals with 30, 60, and 90 min occlusion, and 94.2(5.1)% in pigs with 24 h sustained occlusion. Compared to 24 h sustained occlusion, limitation of infarct size by reperfusion was only demonstrated in the 30 (p less than 0.001) and 60 min groups (p less than 0.001). Plasma values of CK, ASAT, and LD at 90 min post-reperfusion correlated closely with infarct size as assessed by tetrazolium staining and were related to occlusion duration. No myocardial salvage, as assessed by plasma ASAT, CK, or LD, was shown in the SOD treated groups. CONCLUSIONS: Early reperfusion resulted in myocardial salvage as assessed by tetrazolium staining and peak ASAT, CK, and LD at 90 min after the reperfusion. No limitation of infarct size by SOD could be demonstrated from analyses of plasma CK, ASAT, or LD.

  • 47.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Ischaemia and reperfusion induced transient QRS vector changes: relationship to size of the ischaemic territory1993In: Cardiovasc Res, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 327-33Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate QRS vector changes during the first 30 min of coronary occlusion or the early phase of reperfusion with special reference to location and size of myocardium at risk. METHODS: 24 h experiments were performed in closed chest anaesthetised pigs. QRS vectors were studied by computerised vectorcardiography via Frank leads. Occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery followed by reperfusion was induced in 23 pigs and a sustained occlusion in 20 pigs: left anterior descending coronary artery in seven, right coronary artery in eight, and left circumflex coronary artery in five. Myocardium at risk was measured in postmortem autoradiograms. Eight animals were excluded. RESULTS: Four minutes after occlusion, QRS(mean) deviated towards the ischaemic region in 34/35 animals and returned thereafter at varying speeds. In half of the reperfused animals, deviation of QRS vectors towards the ischaemic territory was also observed during the first minutes of reperfusion. A paradoxical increase in QRS vector changes, "reperfusion peak", was recorded during the initial minutes of reperfusion in 12/19 animals. Maximum spatial QRS vector magnitude increased in all right coronary or left circumflex coronary occlusion animals compared to 6/25 in left anterior descending coronary occlusion animals. QRS vector difference, change in spatial QRS vector angle, and maximum change in QRS azimuth 4 min after occlusion correlated significantly with extent of myocardium at risk. CONCLUSIONS: Marked directional and quantitative QRS vector changes, with significant relation to size and location of myocardium at risk, were recorded during the initial minutes of ischaemia. The transient increase in QRS vector changes during the first minutes of reperfusion deserves further exploration as a new indicator of reperfusion.

  • 48.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Häggmark, Sören
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Johansson, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Reiz, Sebastian
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Anaesthesiology.
    Quantification of myocardium at risk and detection of reperfusion by dynamic vectorcardiographic ST segment monitoring in a pig occlusion-reperfusion model1993In: Cardiovasc Res, Vol. 27, no 12, p. 2170-8Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate whether continuous computerized vectorcardiographic monitoring of absolute spatial ST vector magnitude (ST-VM) and spatial ST change vector magnitude (STC-VM) during coronary occlusion could be used to estimate the size of myocardium at risk; and also to test whether reperfusion could be distinguished from sustained occlusion by continuous monitoring of ST vector alterations. METHODS: Computerised vectorcardiographic monitoring via Frank leads was applied in a closed chest occlusion-reperfusion pig model. Coronary occlusion over 24 h was produced in 20 animals by injecting a 2 mm ball into the left anterior descending coronary artery (n = 7), the right coronary artery (n = 8), and the left circumflex coronary artery (n = 5). Another 31 pigs were reperfused by retraction of the ball after 30 (n = 10), 60 (n = 15), or 90 (n = 6) min of left anterior descending artery occlusion. The extent of the myocardium at risk was measured by autoradiography. RESULTS: Seven animals were excluded. Irrespective of occluded coronary artery the relative parameters STC-VM over the first 30 min of occlusion correlated closely with area at risk, that is, the mean STC-VM between 10 and 30 min of occlusion (r = 0.78 p < 0.001). The absolute parameter ST vector magnitude (ST-VM) did not reflect ischaemia in 16/44 animals and did not correlate significantly with area at risk. The weight of myocardium at risk (MAR) was predictable from STC-VM: MAR weight (measured) = 0.97 x MAR weight (predicted) + 0.26 (g), r = 0.81, p < 0.001. STC-VM decline rate, time to STC-VM plateau, and cumulated sum plots of STC-VM were all able to distinguish reliably between reperfused animals and those with permanent occlusion. A paradoxical increase in STC-VM - "reperfusion peak" - was detected in 17/31 (55%) of the animals. This phenomenon was related to large amount of myocardium at risk or to a long occlusion time. CONCLUSION: Dynamic vectorcardiographic ST monitoring provides adequate estimation of myocardium at risk and enables detection of reperfusion in experimental myocardial ischaemia.

  • 49.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Lundgren, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Vanoli, Davide
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Norberg, Margareta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Is intima-media thickness a predictor for cardiovascular risk?: Authors' reply2019In: The Lancet, ISSN 0140-6736, E-ISSN 1474-547X, Vol. 394, no 10196, p. 381-381Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Näslund, Ulf
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Ng, Nawi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Lundgren, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Fhärm, Eva
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.
    Grönlund, Christer
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Johansson, Helene
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Lindahl, Bernt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Lindahl, Bertil
    Lindvall, Kristina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Nilsson, Stefan K.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Physiological chemistry.
    Nordin, Maria
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
    Nordin, Steven
    Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
    Nyman, Emma
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Rocklöv, Joacim
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    Vanoli, Davide
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Weinehall, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Wennberg, Patrik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.
    Wester, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Norberg, Margareta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
    Visualization of asymptomatic atherosclerotic disease for optimum cardiovascular prevention (VIPVIZA): a pragmatic, open-label, randomised controlled trial2019In: The Lancet, ISSN 0140-6736, E-ISSN 1474-547X, Vol. 393, no 10167, p. 133-142Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease often fails because of poor adherence among practitioners and individuals to prevention guidelines. We aimed to investigate whether ultrasound-based pictorial information about subclinical carotid atherosclerosis, targeting both primary care physicians and individuals, improves prevention.

    METHODS: Visualization of asymptomatic atherosclerotic disease for optimum cardiovascular prevention (VIPVIZA) is a pragmatic, open-label, randomised controlled trial that was integrated within the Västerbotten Intervention Programme, an ongoing population-based cardiovascular disease prevention programme in northern Sweden. Individuals aged 40, 50, or 60 years with one or more conventional risk factors were eligible to participate. Participants underwent clinical examination, blood sampling, and ultrasound assessment of carotid intima media wall thickness and plaque formation. Participants were randomly assigned 1:1 with a computer-generated randomisation list to an intervention group (pictorial representation of carotid ultrasound plus a nurse phone call to confirm understanding) or a control group (not informed). The primary outcomes, Framingham risk score (FRS) and European systematic coronary risk evaluation (SCORE), were assessed after 1 year among participants who were followed up. This study is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01849575.

    FINDINGS: 3532 individuals were enrolled between April 29, 2013, and June 7, 2016, of which 1783 were randomly assigned to the control group and 1749 were assigned to the intervention group. 3175 participants completed the 1-year follow-up. At the 1-year follow-up, FRS and SCORE differed significantly between groups (FRS 1·07 [95% CI 0·11 to 2·03, p=0·0017] and SCORE 0·16 [0·02 to 0·30, p=0·0010]). FRS decreased from baseline to the 1-year follow-up in the intervention group and increased in the control group (-0·58 [95% CI -0·86 to -0·30] vs 0·35 [0·08 to 0·63]). SCORE increased in both groups (0·13 [95% CI 0·09 to 0·18] vs 0·27 [0·23 to 0·30]).

    INTERPRETATION: This study provides evidence of the contributory role of pictorial presentation of silent atherosclerosis for prevention of cardiovascular disease. It supports further development of methods to reduce the major problem of low adherence to medication and lifestyle modification.

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