Atsushi Amano

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Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) can develop mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI), frequently progressing to dementia (PDD). Here, we aimed to elucidate the relationship between white matter alteration and cognitive status in PD and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) by using diffusion tensor imaging. We also compared the progression patterns of white and(More)
BACKGROUND To improve the longterm outcome after CABG, several strategies have been used using arterial conduits. Our 20 years experience with the right gastroepiploic artery (GEA) graft was evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS In 1352 patients having CABG with the GEA graft, (1092 men, mean 63 years, 99% multivessel disease, and mean EF 0.51), internal(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and mortality, but, the relationship between MetS and survival after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS The outcomes of patients with and without MetS were analyzed. Patients who had undergone CABG at Juntendo University Hospital(More)
Calcified amorphous tumour is a rare, non-neoplastic, endocardially based, intracavitary cardiac mass. This report describes a 59-year old man in whom a mobile mass was found incidentally in the heart by routine echocardiography after he had been on haemodialysis for 3 years. Transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a high-echoic swinging tumour that(More)
Coronary artery disease is a critical issue that requires physicians to consider appropriate treatment strategies, especially for elderly people who tend to have several comorbidities, including diabetes mellitus (DM) and multivessel disease (MVD). Several studies have been conducted comparing clinical outcomes between percutaneous coronary intervention(More)
BACKGROUND The radial artery has been used for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) but its early angiographic results were relatively inferior to that of the internal mammary artery, most likely due to spasm of the graft. To avoid vasospasm we harvested the radial artery using a skeletonized technique and spasm was completely reversed before use. The(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is the most convenient marker for monitoring glycemic control among diabetic patients. However, few studies have reported the impact of baseline HbA1c levels on outcomes for diabetic patients after(More)
The right gastroepoploic artery (GEA) has been used for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in 400 patients of a total of 1359 undergoing the same procedure during an 8-year period. There were 327 males and 73 females with a mean age of 59 years. Single-, double- and triple-vessel and left main disease were noted in 4, 51, 283 and 62 patients,(More)
Recent studies have shown that triptolide inhibits T cell activation through mechanisms different from those of cyclosporine A and tacrolimus and we postulated that triptolide might have a synergistic effect with tacrolimus to enhance immunosuppression. Using a F344 donor-to-Lewis recipient rat combination, we investigated the immunosuppressive effects of(More)
The optimal combination of arterial grafts for quadruple coronary artery bypass is the bilateral internal mammary artery, the radial artery, and the gastroepiploic artery. Patients who underwent quadruple bypass in our hospital group between December 1995 and March 2001 were retrospectively analyzed to determine whether off-pump surgery (n = 27) provides(More)