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Aims The aims of this study were to evaluate the incidence and the clinical significance of myocardial bridging in 401 patients with chest pain examined with 16-row Multidetector CT (MDCT) coronary angiography. Material and methods Four hundred nine consecutive patients who had chest pain or symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease were involved in(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to evaluate the long-term clinical outcomes of a fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) strategy compared with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided PCI for intermediate coronary lesions. BACKGROUND Both FFR- and IVUS-guided PCI strategies have been reported to be safe and effective in(More)
AIMS The anatomical criteria for the diagnosis of ischaemia referenced by fractional flow reserve (FFR) from non-invasive coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA), invasive coronary angiography (ICA), and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) have not been evaluated contemporarily in a large-scale study. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic(More)
BACKGROUND In heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF), physiological abnormalities are not solely restricted to diastolic function. Because the tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)-derived myocardial performance index (MPI) offers the advantage of recording systolic and diastolic tissue velocity simultaneously in the same cardiac cycle, this study(More)
There have been no optical coherence tomographic (OCT) data directly comparing the pattern of strut coverage between the 2 second-generation drug-eluting stents in the early period. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate early strut coverage using optical coherence tomography 3 months after Resolute zotarolimus-eluting stent (ZES-R) or(More)
AIMS Maximal hyperaemia is a key element of invasive physiological studies and adenosine is the most commonly used agent. However, infusion of adenosine requires additional venous access and can cause chest discomfort, bronchial hyper-reactivity, and atrioventricular conduction block. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Discrepancy between angiographic percent (%) diameter stenosis and fractional flow reserve (FFR) exists in non-left main bifurcation lesions. The aim of this study was to compare angiographic stenosis severity and FFR in jailed ostial left circumflex artery (LCX) lesions after left main (LM)-to-left anterior descending artery (LAD)(More)
OBJECTIVES We performed this study to determine the optimal intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) criteria and to evaluate their accuracy for defining the functional significance of intermediate coronary stenoses in different locations of the coronary tree. BACKGROUND Presence of myocardial ischemia is the most important prognostic factor in patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic impact of microvascular status in patients with high fractional flow reserve (FFR) is not clear. OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to investigate the implications of coronary flow reserve (CFR) and the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) in patients who underwent FFR measurement. METHODS Patients with high FFR(More)
Although uric acid (UA) level has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, it is unclear whether UA can provide greater prognostic information than N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in advanced heart failure with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). UA and NT-proBNP values were obtained from a total of 122(More)