Hirotaka Miwa

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BACKGROUND We sought to evaluate the effects of a strong lipophilic statin (pitavastatin) on plaque components and morphology assessed by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), as well as plaque inflammation assessed by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT in the thoracic aorta and the carotid artery. Furthermore, we(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to validate the accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and two-dimensional (2D)-STE for the assessment of left atrial (LA) volume and function by comparison with 3D-computed tomography (CT) performed on the same day as STE. METHODS LA phasic volume and emptying function (EF) were(More)
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