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BACKGROUND We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of an oral direct thrombin inhibitor, dabigatran, as a periprocedural anticoagulant for use with ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS Consecutive patients scheduled to undergo an AF ablation were randomly assigned to receive dabigatran (n = 45) or warfarin (n = 45) to compare their clinical(More)
Chronic cats with double hemisections of the spinal cord, first at a lower thoracic level followed by a contralateral midthoracic cord at intervals of 0 to 126 days (T-T preparations) or first at an upper cervical followed by a midthoracic at intervals of 15 to 74 days (C-T preparations), eventually recovered quadrupedal standing 7 to 53 days after the(More)
The antiepileptic effects of globulin-N, an intact human immunoglobulin was examined, using the amygdaloid kindled animals prepared by the method of Goddard et al. [1969] and Wada et al. [1974 b]. In the non-treated kindled cats, kindled convulsion and after-discharge (AD) were simultaneously created at 24-hour intervals by electrically stimulating(More)
Salicylamide (SAM) metabolism was studied in a once-through in situ perfused rat intestine-liver preparation in a manner which mimicked the first-pass effect. SAM (40 or 200 microM) was delivered into the intestine via the superior mesenteric artery at a flow rate of 7.5 ml/min. The intestine venous outflow into the portal vein and the hepatic arterial flow(More)
Gentisamide (GAM) metabolism was studied in a once-through in situ perfused rat intestine-liver preparation in a manner which mimicked the first-pass effect. GAM (2.56 to 392 microM) was delivered into the intestine via the superior mesenteric artery at a flow of 7.5 ml/min. The intestinal venous outflow into the portal vein and the hepatic arterial flow(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Two new oral anticoagulants, rivaroxaban and dabigatran, with no need for anticoagulation monitoring, are available for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to compare their anticoagulant effects and safety when used during the AF ablation periprocedural period. METHODS Patients undergoing AF ablation were randomly(More)
BACKGROUND Although epidemiologic studies have suggested that several genetic variants increase the risk of myocardial infarction, large-scale association studies that examine many polymorphisms simultaneously are required to allow reliable prediction of the genetic risk of myocardial infarction. METHODS We used a fluorescence- or colorimetry-based(More)
This study is a prospective multicenter study designed to investigate the effects of lipid-lowering therapy with pitavastatin on atherosclerotic plaque in patients with coronary heart disease, and to determine which factor is more closely associated with plaque regression. Participants (n = 63) were treated with pitavastatin for 12 months, and the carotid(More)
We have studied the inhibitory effects of Desmodium styracifolium-triterpenoid (Ds-t) (extracted from Desmodium styracifolium (Osbeck) Merr, a herbal medicine) on the formation of calcium oxalate renal stones induced experimentally by ethylene glycol (EG) and 1 alpha(OH)D3 (1 alpha D3) in rats. The incidence of urinary stone formation was 81% in the control(More)
BACKGROUND Whether or not automated scores obtained from myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging using software correlate with the visual interpretations by experts remains obscure. METHODS AND RESULTS Eighty-seven consecutive patients with known or suspected angina pectoris underwent (201)thallium stress/rest SPECT followed(More)