Chih-Chan Lin

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BACKGROUND We hypothesized that contraction of the LA wall could be documented by speckle tracking and could be applied for assessment of LA function. This study tried to identify the association between LA longitudinal strain (LAS) and strain rate (LASR) measured by speckle tracking with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). METHODS Fifty-two patients(More)
Postprandial lipaemia is known to cause endothelial dysfunction, but its underlying mechanism is still under debate. The present study was undertaken to investigate the effects of postprandial lipaemia on endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress. We measured plasma glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), an antioxidant enzyme, and the urinary excretion of(More)
Epidemiological studies showed that a lower mortality rate of sudden cardiac death among women than among men may depend on the action of female sex hormones. This study assessed whether 17beta-estradiol exerts anti-arrhythmic effects through enhanced Connexin43 (Cx43) expression after infarction. Two weeks after ovariectomy, female Wistar rats were(More)
BACKGROUND Postprandial hypertriglyceridemia is known to cause endothelial dysfunction and increased oxidative stress. Oral supplements of l-arginine have been found to improve endothelial function. However, the effects of supplements of l-arginine on the influences of postprandial hypertriglyceridemia were not studied before. METHODS Forty young healthy(More)
Increased arterial stiffness is an important marker for target organ damage in essential hypertension. Both serum uric acid (UA) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were reported to be associated with target organ damage. However, the influences of UA and CRP on large arterial stiffness were not well elucidated. This study included 200 essential hypertension(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to investigate myocardial deformation of the left atrium (LA) assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) and its value for risk stratification for stroke. METHODS We recruited 66 consecutive patients with permanent AF who were referred to our(More)
Although the acute administration of ATP-sensitive potassium (K(ATP)) channel agonists provides a neuroprotection, it is unclear whether similar benefits are found by modulating sympathetic innervation in chronic settings after myocardial infarction. We assessed whether K(ATP) channel agonists can attenuate the sprouting of cardiac sympathetic nerves after(More)
The aim of the present study was to assess the association between invasive PWV (pulse wave velocity), serum levels of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases) and the echocardiographic severity and calcification score of degenerative AS (aortic stenosis). We enrolled 30 patients (16 males; age, 61.3+/-8.2 years) diagnosed with degenerative AS and an additional 30(More)
It is unknown whether there has been any change in the causes of death for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the era of aggressive reperfusion. We analyzed the direct causes of in-hospital death in patients with STEMI treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a tertiary referral center over the past 10(More)
We investigated the active role of clinical rehabilitation in osteochondral regeneration using continuous passive motion (CPM) treatment together with acellular PLGA implants. CPM treatment was performed and compared with immobilization (Imm) treatment and intermittent active motion (IAM) treatment upon full-thickness osteochondral defects either with or(More)