Chao-yang Zhang

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BACKGROUND Atherosclerosis has been considered to be an inflammatory process. In addition to its lipid-lowering properties, statin has been shown to decrease the concentrations of inflammatory markers resulting in reduction of cardiovascular events. Emerging data suggest that withdrawal of statin might be associated with increased cardiac events. The(More)
BACKGROUND Apolipoprotein E (apoE) polymorphism is associated with changes in the lipoprotein profile of individuals with familial combined hyperlipidemia (FCHL), but its effects on the lipoprotein profiles of members of Chinese families with FCHL remain uncertain. METHODS AND RESULTS 43 FCHL families (n=449) and 9 normolipidemic families (n=73) were(More)
The development of coronary stent has revolutionized the field of interventional cardiology by reducing the incidence of restenosis after balloon angioplasty. However, the stent has still associated with a serious complication, namely, in-stent restenosis. Although, restenosis following coronary stenting has long been attributed to neointimal proliferation,(More)
Systemic inflammation after coronary intervention identifies patients at increased risk of subsequent cardiac events. Cardiac events, especially in-stent restenosis, are less frequent after use of sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) compared with paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES). However, the underlying mechanism for this disparity is not well investigated. We(More)
Esophageal carcinoma is one of the world's deadliest cancers. Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is more frequent than adenocarcenoma (AC) in China. Platinum-based chemotherapy with surgical resection is a common treatment approach for ESCC; however, the treatment response is uncertain. Evidence suggests polymorphisms in genes encoding excision(More)
There is a paucity of data concerning the metabolic syndrome (MetS) in families with familial combined hyperlipidemia (FCHL), familial hypertriglyceridemia (FHTG), familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and normolipidemic families in China. This study investigated the prevalence of MetS in these families and explored potential factors relevant to MetS. We(More)
BACKGROUND Slow coronary filling of epicardial coronary arteries in the absence of stenosis is not infrequently detected finding during routine coronary angiography. There is mounting evidence suggested that an inflammatory process play an important role in atherosclerotic pathogenesis appeared in different clinical settings. However, the possible(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is well-recognized, angiographic finding of abnormal coronary dilatation. The role of inflammation in atherosclerosis is increasingly well known. However, the association between inflammation and CAE has been controversial. METHOD Fifty-five patients with CAE and non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), 38(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical significance of early inflammatory response after coronary stent implantation has been controversial. Sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) has been shown to be better outcomes compared with bare metal stent (BMS). We prospectively investigated the early inflammatory response after SES or BMS implantation in patients with single-vessel(More)
BACKGROUND The pathophysiological mechanism in cardiac syndrome X has been suggested as impairment in normal endothelial function of the coronary microvasculature, resulting in inadequate flow reserve. However, despite the extensive studies, the precise mechanisms in cardiac syndrome X remain unclear. PURPOSE The present study was, therefore, to(More)