Ayumi Nakamura

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The objective of this study is to determine whether pentraxin-3 (PTX-3) is clinically a biomarker of inflammation, a player in anti-inflammation, or both with regard to coronary atherosclerosis, we compared levels of PTX-3 with levels of adiponectin in addition to high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). We enrolled 693 patients (51 % male; mean age 64(More)
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) has gained increasing attention in clinical practice, particularly during coronary angiography (CAG). However, some "bioequivalent" generic (GE) drugs are less effective than the innovator (IN) drug. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare contrast media (IN drug)-induced renal dysfunction with contrast media (GE(More)
BACKGROUND There is considerable evidence that impaired autonomic control may be associated with the etiology of coronary artery disease (CAD). We hypothesized that the autonomic imbalance as assessed by measuring heart rate variability (HRV) and biological parameters before and after coronary angiography (CAG) may predict the presence of CAD. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the associations between serum levels of glycated albumin (GA) or hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients who underwent coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS AND RESULTS The study consisted of 244 consecutive patients who underwent CTA and in whom we could measure the(More)
BACKGROUND A difference in systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≥10 mmHg between the arms is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and mortality in high-risk patients. METHODS AND RESULTS Four hundred and fourteen patients were divided into three groups according to the percent most severe luminal narrowing of a coronary artery as(More)
Smoking promotes arteriosclerosis and is one of the most important coronary risk factors. However, few studies have investigated the association between smoking habits and the severity of coronary stenosis as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). We enrolled 416 patients [165/251 = smoker (past and current)/non-smoker)]. They had all(More)