Fumihiko Kamezaki

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Accumulating evidence has shown that seasonal variations can exist within metabolic syndrome parameters. The aim of this study was to examine the hypothesis that there are seasonal variations in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in Japanese subjects. We investigated a total of 1202 male workers in our institution (44+/-10 years) who underwent health(More)
Although in-stent restenosis (ISR) occurs after drug-eluting stents (DES) implantation, neointimal tissue characteristics have not been fully investigated. We assessed neointimal tissue components using integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound (IB-IVUS) after DES and bare-metal stents (BMS) implantation. Fifty-seven consecutive patients with 61(More)
BACKGROUND Although serum soluble lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (sLOX-1) is reported to be associated with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), its correlation with oxidative stress markers has not been elucidated. We therefore investigated the association of serum sLOX-1 with the severity of CAD, and serum biomarkers for oxidative(More)
RATIONALE Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening disease, characterized by vascular remodeling and vasoconstriction. Evidence suggests that oxidative stress may contribute to the pathogenesis and/or development of PH. OBJECTIVES In the present study, we examined whether intratracheal gene transfer of human extracellular superoxide dismutase(More)
The Japanese Guidelines for management of acute cholangitis and cholecystitis were published in 2005 as the first practical guidelines presenting diagnostic and severity assessment criteria for these diseases. After the Japanese version, the Tokyo Guidelines (TG07) were reported in 2007 as the first international practical guidelines. There were some(More)
Large-scale clinical studies have indicated that angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) have beneficial effects against cardiovascular diseases. We designed this study to compare the effects of an ARB and a calcium channel blocker (CCB) on coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR), a predictor of cardiovascular events, as estimated using transthoracic Doppler(More)
Upper-extremity central venous obstruction is often first recognized when an arteriovenous fistula is made for hemodialysis at an ipsilateral site. We encountered a case of markedly expanded edema after making an arteriovenous fistula in the left forearm. Systemic venography showed that the bilateral brachiocephalic veins and right subclavian vein were(More)
OBJECTIVES We studied whether the amount of heparin-released extracellular superoxide dismutase (EC-SOD), which is an antioxidative enzyme, is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS EC-SOD was measured in plasma at basal and at post-heparin injection in 315 patients. Heparin-released EC-SOD was calculated as the difference(More)
BACKGROUND Out-stent plaque characteristics and eosinophilic inflammatory response, which correlates with positive remodeling after first-generation drug-eluting stent implantation, may be associated with late restenosis and very late stent thrombosis. The differences of out-stent plaque characteristics were compared between paclitaxel-eluting stents (PES)(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to propose the cutoff level of waist circumference (WC) on the basis of homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) levels in order to diagnose metabolic syndrome (MetS). METHODS We examined a total of 798 non-diabetic men (40-65 years of age) by using a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve to(More)