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BACKGROUNDS The causes and prognosis of pericardial effusion (PE) may be different according to time, region, economy, and hospital. This study was performed to evaluate the etiology, clinical outcome, and prognosis of patients with large, symptomatic PE treated by echo-guided pericardiocentesis at Kangnam St. Mary's Hospital (the Catholic University of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The treadmill exercise test (TMT) is used as a first-line test for diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the findings of a TMT can be inconclusive, such as incomplete or equivocal results. Aortic valve sclerosis (AVS) is known to be a good predictor of CAD. We determined the usefulness of assessing AVS on 2-dimensional(More)
PURPOSE Anomalous origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) with an interarterial course is a potentially life-threatening anomaly. Clinical significance could depend on its orifice and interarterial course. We evaluated the anomalous RCA on multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) with clinical correlation. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five(More)
Increasing evidence indicates that nocturnal blood pressure level and/or loss of nocturnal blood pressure dips are sensitive markers of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Several studies have suggested that blunted heart rate variability and nocturnal decline in heart rate are also associated with target organ damage. These phenomena occur relatively(More)
This study was conducted to identify attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Korean juvenile delinquents. Intelligence tests (KEDI-WISC, K-WAIS), the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA), the Teacher Report Form (TRF), the Youth Self-Report (YSR), and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale were administered to 98 incarcerated Korean adolescents (the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the sensitivity of 3-dimensional (3D) midwall ejection fraction (EF) (3DEF(mw)) to the presence of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (LVH) in comparison with conventional echocardiographic indices for systolic function. BACKGROUND EF and fractional shortening (FS) do not reflect the prognosis of patients with LVH. Midwall(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) has been known as an important predictor of prognosis of cardiovascular disease. Carboxy-terminal propeptide of procollagen type I (PIP) is related with myocardial fibrosis. We sought to analyze the differences in the characteristics of LVH, myocardial fibrosis, and LV functions among hypertension (HBP),(More)
BACKGROUNDS B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-BNP (NTproBNP) levels showed frequent discrepancies in individual patients. OBJECTIVES The aims were 1) to compare the abilities of BNP and NTproBNP for the detection of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) or diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in the symptomatic patients, and 2) to assess(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES It is widely known that both bone loss and vascular calcification are age-related processes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between coronary artery calcium (CAC) score or bone mineral density (BMD) with age and whether there is a gender difference factoring in the two conditions among healthy(More)
Angiotensin II (Ang II), one of the main vasoactive hormones of the renin-angiotensin system, contributes to the development and progression of atherosclerosis by inducing vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) migration. Although previous studies have shown that Ang II upregulates low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) expression in VSMCs(More)