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BACKGROUND Cystatin C, a novel endogenous marker of glomerular filtration rate, has been reported as more sensitive to detect renal insufficiency than creatinine. The purpose of the present study was to examine the clinical significance of serum cystatin C level in patients with mild to moderate heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS Serum levels of cystatin(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) are known to have several lipoprotein abnormalities. We examined plasma cholesterol concentrations of major lipoproteins and their subclasses, using a gel permeation HPLC, to establish an association between a lipoprotein subclass pattern and the presence of CAD. METHODS We performed a simple and(More)
We examined whether an additive treatment with an angiotensin receptor blocker, olmesartan, reduces the mortality and morbidity in hypertensive patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) treated with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, β-blockers, or both. In this prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded endpoint study, a total of 1147(More)
BACKGROUND Heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) is released into the circulation when the myocardium is injured and is a novel marker for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. The purpose of the present study was to examine the clinical significance of increased serum H-FABP levels in patients with congestive heart failure. METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) is released into the circulation from the damaged myocardium of patients with severe chronic heart failure. Chronic heart failure is the most frequent cause of death and disability in the elderly. However, there are no data for the prognostic value of H-FABP in the elderly population.(More)
123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) is useful for assessment of the severity and prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). To examine 123I-MIBG kinetics in the early phase soon after tracer injection, we performed dynamic single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in 76 patients with CHF and 17 control subjects. The consecutive 15(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the long-term procedural outcomes, the stability of atrioventricular conduction, and the new onset of atrial fibrillation (AF), after ablation of atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). METHODS AND RESULTS Consecutive patients with AVNRT (n=109), who underwent slow-pathway ablation, were(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure is a major and growing public health problem with a high mortality rate. Although recent studies have demonstrated that a variety of metabolic and/or neurohumoral factors are involved in the progression of this syndrome, the precise mechanisms responsible for this complex condition are poorly understood. HYPOTHESIS To examine(More)
We examined 58 cases of type A acute aortic dissection treated from 2003 to 2005 in our hospital. Thirty-three patients were treated surgically and 25 patients were treated conservatively. Among the 25 patients treated conservatively, 13 patients had open false lumen, and were eligible for surgical therapy. Surgical therapy was abandoned however, for(More)