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OBJECTIVES We tested the hypothesis that an immediate reduction in mitral regurgitation (MR) after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) results from improved coordinated timing of the papillary muscle insertion sites, using the novel approach of mechanical activation strain mapping. BACKGROUND Heart failure patients with left bundle branch block often(More)
BACKGROUND Gadolinium-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance is an emerging tool for the diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS); however, the correlations between extent of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and efficacy of steroid therapy and adverse outcomes in patients with CS remain unclear. OBJECTIVE We aimed to clarify the prognostic impact of(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated whether Doppler tissue imaging (tissue velocity, strain, and strain rate) could be useful to detect subtle left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with aortic stenosis and changes in regional myocardial function after aortic valve replacement (AVR). METHODS We studied 34 patients (age 69.2 +/- 10.4 years) with severe(More)
Left ventricular (LV) torsion plays an important role in squeezing the blood out of the heart. To characterize the systolic torsion in LV dysfunction, we studied using magnetic resonance imaging myocardial tagging method in 26 subjects: 17 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM, LV ejection fraction [EF], 27 +/- 8%) and 9 healthy control subjects.(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated levels of total plasma adiponectin (APN) and high molecular weight (HMW)-APN have been observed in chronic heart failure (HF) and are associated with poor prognosis, however, the response of APN levels in acute HF is not known. The purpose of this study was to clarify the dynamic changes of the plasma total APN, HMW-APN levels, and the(More)
BACKGROUND Magnetocardiography (MCG) is a new technique for visualizing a current distribution in the myocardium. In recent years, current distribution parameters (CDPs) have been developed based on the distribution. The CDPs reflect spatial-time current abnormalities in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). However, the criteria and scoring method of(More)
Since acute kidney injury (AKI) is not always related to mortality in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), the aim of this study was to focus on onset time of AKI and its clinical importance. A total of 371 ADHF patients were included. The impact of AKI (≥0.3 mg/dl or 1.5-fold increase in serum creatinine level within 48 h) with early(More)
Although counter-regulation between B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels and renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system (RAAS) activation in heart failure (HF) has been suggested, whether the regulation is preserved in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) patients remains unclear. This study aimed to determine: (1) the relationship between RAAS activation(More)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) with systolic dysfunction carries a poor prognosis. Although late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on cardiac magnetic resonance is associated with adverse cardiac events in HCM and is inversely related to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), it is unknown whether LGE or LVEF more accurately predicts adverse cardiac(More)
Echocardiographic tissue synchronization imaging (TSI) consists of color-coding time-to-peak tissue Doppler velocities. This study of 29 patients who underwent cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) demonstrated that differences in baseline time-to-speak velocities of opposing ventricular walls by TSI were greater in 15 patients, with an acute hemodynamic(More)