Hiroshi Sohara

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OBJECTIVES To determine whether atrial fibrillation (AF) alone affects the fibrinocoagulation system, we examined the relation between fibrinocoagulation activity and duration of AF in patients with paroxysmal AF (PAF). BACKGROUND Patients with chronic AF are at higher risk for stroke and a hypercoagulative state. It is not clear whether this(More)
To clarify the effect of atrial fibrillation (AF) on the fibrino-coagulation system, fibrino-coagulation parameters in the paroxysmal period of AF were determined in 13 patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) and compared with those in the non-paroxysmal period of AF, and with those in normal subjects. Estimated titers of hemoglobin and(More)
A case of infective endocarditis (IE) caused by a rare pathogen, Gemella morbillorum, is presented. Because of persistent low-grade fever after dental treatment, the patient was given oral antibiotics. Whereas he was diagnosed as having aortic regurgitation by a cardiologist, and IE was not suggested unfortunately. After long-term chemotherapy over five(More)
We examined histologically whether the severity of arterial stretch injury is related to the degree of subsequent intimal hyperplasia. In six male New Zealand White rabbits, the common carotid artery was hyperextended with a 3F Fogarty balloon catheter. Two weeks later, no proliferative change was evident in the intima in the most hyperextended portion.(More)
INTRODUCTION Isolation of pulmonary veins (PVs) and the posterior left atrium (LA) can be safely performed by radiofrequency hot balloon (RHB)-based box isolation. However, data on long-term effects for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) by the use of this method remain limited. METHODS AND RESULTS We treated 238 patients with paroxysmal AF (194(More)
We observed a case of acute myocardial infarction induced by second diagonal branch occlusion. Electrocardiogram (ECG) on admission showed ST elevation in leads I, aVL and V2-6. Since emergency coronary angiography disclosed complete occlusion of the second diagonal branch, intra-coronary thrombolysis (ICT) was performed, superselectively. Transient(More)
A 43-year-old woman had undergone patch closure operation for atrial septal defect 27 years ago. She was referred to our hospital for evaluation of frequent palpitations since 1 year ago. Electrophysiological study was performed with recording of the coronary sinus, His bundle, and low lateral right free wall electrography utilizing a steerable(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation originates mostly from the pulmonary vein (PV) foci or non-PV foci in the posterior left atrium (LA). The present study was designed to evaluate the feasibility and safety of a novel radiofrequency hot balloon catheter for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation by electrically isolating the posterior LA, including(More)
INTRODUCTION There are some cases with frequent luminal esophageal temperature (LET) rises despite titrating the radiofrequency energy while creating a linear lesion for the Box isolation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Little is known about the feasibility of redesigning the ablation lines for a modified Box isolation strategy to prevent fatal esophageal(More)