Dong-Ju Choi

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BACKGROUND Contrast media cause oxidative stress, which has been suggested as one possible mechanism responsible for contrast-induced nephropathy. Statins appear to have pleiotropic effects, including antioxidant properties. We investigated to determine whether simvastatin pretreatment reduces the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy in a high-risk(More)
AIMS This study was performed to evaluate the functional outcomes of fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided jailed side-branch (SB) intervention strategy. METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred and ten patients treated by provisional strategy were consecutively enrolled and SB FFR was measured in 91 patients. SB intervention was allowed when FFR was <0.75. FFR(More)
BACKGROUND Concerns exist regarding the long-term efficacy and safety of drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The study aimed to compare the mid- to long-term outcomes of DES vs bare metal stents (BMS) in patients with STEMI in a real-world setting. METHODS AND RESULTS Six hundred and eighty four(More)
BACKGROUND After an acute myocardial infarction, the early restoration of coronary blood flow is mandatory for reducing infarct size. However, the process of reperfusion itself may also cause irreversible myocardial injury and contribute to the final infarct size. Recent animal studies have suggested that erythropoietin could protect the myocardium when(More)
BACKGROUND Shift work has been hypothesized as a risk factor for obesity. In this study, we investigated the association between current shift work and body mass index (BMI) among female nurses in Korea. The relationship between duration of shift work and BMI of the participants was also evaluated. METHODS This cross-sectional survey evaluated(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare the nephrotoxicity of iodixanol and ioxaglate in patients with renal impairment undergoing coronary angiography. BACKGROUND Iodixanol, a nonionic, dimeric, iso-osmolar contrast medium (IOCM), may be less nephrotoxic than low-osmolar contrast media (LOCM) in high-risk patients. METHODS In a prospective, randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a leading cause of hospital-acquired renal failure and affects mortality and morbidity. There has been no study comparing the efficacy of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and ascorbic acid that have potential for CIN prevention in patients with renal insufficiency. METHODS We conducted a prospective randomized(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic performance of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA)-derived computed fractional flow reserve (FFR(CT)) and transluminal attenuation gradient (TAG) for the diagnosis of lesion-specific ischemia. BACKGROUND Although CCTA is commonly used to detect coronary artery disease (CAD), it(More)
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process, and inflammatory biomarkers have been identified as useful predictors of clinical outcomes. The prognostic value of leukocyte count in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions who undergo primary percutaneous coronary intervention is not clearly defined. In 325 patients with STEMIs treated with(More)
Efficient myocardial gene transfer in the intact adult heart is difficult using conventional transfer vectors. Since coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) is cardiotropic, it may be possible to exploit its cardiotropic characteristics to design a vector for gene transfer to the intact heart. We generated a recombinant CVB3 cDNA by inserting a green fluorescent protein(More)