Haruka Makinae

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BACKGROUND Global longitudinal strain (GLS) measured by two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) has been shown to be useful for assessing subtle change in left ventricular function in severe aortic stenosis (AS) patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, there is little information about the relation between the(More)
Patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) are at an extremely high risk of death and ischemic events. This study aims to evaluate the impact of left ventricular restoration (LVR) and mitral valve surgery on the cardiac and clinical functional status of the patients with ICM. Twenty-six patients (46-80 years, mean: 64 years) with severely dilated heart(More)
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake (magnitude 9.0) devastated Japan's east coast, and the associated tsunami resulted in social and mechanical destruction. Search for the missing people is still ongoing. Surgical implants are common in the general population. Medical implants usually have lot numbers, and their forensic use is common for victim(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The recognition of clinical symptoms is critical to a therapeutic strategy for aortic valve stenosis (AS). It was hypothesized that AS symptoms might have multiple causes; hence, a study was conducted to investigate the factors that separately influence the classic symptoms of dyspnea, angina and syncope in AS. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY While mitral valve replacement is generally considered as the standard surgical treatment for rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS), mitral valve repair may be an alternative therapeutic option. Several techniques have been used to overcome the anatomic difficulties involved in the repair of a rheumatic mitral valve. In the present(More)
Disaster victim identification (DVI) presents a number of physical and legal challenges, involving the degeneration of human remains and legal obstacles to forensic examinations. One non-invasive method for positive identification may be the use of a pacemaker programmer to detect and obtain data from pacemakers recovered from unidentified remains. To test(More)
BACKGROUND Mitral valve repair is a feasible treatment option in patients with rheumatic mitral valve disease, but it is not always successful. Mitral valve replacement is generally the surgical treatment of choice in such patients. We aimed to examine whether the Wilkins score can predict the feasibility of surgical repair in such patients. METHODS(More)
Recently ablation surgery for atrial fibrillation, so-called maze procedure, has become popular. However, this procedure usually needs cardiopulmonary bypass. Here we describe 3 patients for whom the simple, new procedure in which epicardial radiofrequency ablation is sucessfully done without cardiopulmonary bypass prior to concomitant cardiac operation.(More)
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