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INTRODUCTION As epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is a metabolically active visceral fat, potential interaction between EAT and myocardium is strongly suggested. The aims of this study were to determine whether the amount and regional distribution of EAT are related to the chronicity of atrial fibrillation (AF) and left atrial (LA) remodeling. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVES We prospectively compared coronary endothelial dysfunction in patients with zotarolimus-eluting stent (ZES) versus sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) implantation at 6-month follow-up. BACKGROUND A ZES has been associated with uniform and rapid healing of the endothelium. METHODS Fifty patients were randomly treated with intravascular(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to investigate whether endothelial dysfunction is related to drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation at 6 months after stenting. BACKGROUND Current available DES could delay vessel healing and subsequently impair endothelial function. METHODS Endothelial function was estimated at 6-month follow-up in 75 patients (31 men,(More)
BACKGROUND Whether triple antiplatelet therapy is superior or similar to dual antiplatelet therapy in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention in the era of drug-eluting stents remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 4203 ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to characterize the relationships among plasma adiponectin, essential hypertension, left ventricular diastolic function and left ventricular hypertrophy. METHODS AND RESULTS Plasma adiponectin concentration was assessed by radioimmunoassay, and body mass index (BMI) was measured in 275 patients (138 women and 137(More)
A single coronary artery (SCA) is a rare congenital anomaly of the coronary circulation, which is often associated with other congenital anomalies. The reported incidence of a SCA ranges from 0.6 to 1.3% of the population undergoing coronary angiography. The absence of the right coronary artery (RCA) with the origin of the RCA arising from the distal(More)
BACKGROUND To describe the rationale, objectives, protocol, and preliminary results for a new prospective cohort study of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in South Korea. METHODS Study members were recruited from participants in routine health assessments at health promotion centres across South Korea. Established and emerging CVD risk factors(More)
OBJECTIVE The objectives of this study were to develop a coronary heart disease (CHD) risk model among the Korean Heart Study (KHS) population and compare it with the Framingham CHD risk score. DESIGN A prospective cohort study within a national insurance system. SETTING 18 health promotion centres nationwide between 1996 and 2001 in Korea. (More)
OBJECTIVES Pulse wave velocity (PWV) is an indicator of arterial stiffness, especially in the aorta, and a marker for vascular damage. Smoking is reported to increase arterial stiffness. We examined the acute and chronic effects of smoking on arterial stiffness by measuring brachial--ankle PWV (baPWV) using an oscillometric method (VP 1000, Colin Co.,(More)
BACKGROUND Although atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for endothelial dysfunction (ED), the effect of catheter ablation (CA) on AF-associated ED has not been evaluated. The aims of this study are to determine if the degree of ED predicts the outcome of AF ablation and to evaluate whether ED can be improved through restoring sinus rhythm (SR) by(More)