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BACKGROUND Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a pivotal role in angiogenesis. This study tested the association between functional VEGF +405 C>G (rs2010963), -2578C>A (rs699947) polymorphisms, and coronary collaterals in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHOD The collateral scoring system developed by Rentrop was used to classify(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Increased arterial stiffness was reported to be associated with decreased estimated GFR (eGFR). Previous studies suggested that arterial stiffness might play a role in renal function progression in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The aim of this study was to investigate whether there was an independent association(More)
Heart failure and increased arterial stiffness are associated with declining renal function. This longitudinal study was designed to assess whether the combination of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and the ratio of brachial pre-ejection period (bPEP) to brachial ejection time (bET) was independently associated with renal outcomes in patients(More)
OBJECTIVES To test the association between fasting glucose level and left ventricular mass (LVM) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in people aged 60 and older. DESIGN Population-based prospective study with 4-year follow-up. SETTING Department of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU), Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Cardiac abnormalities were frequently noted in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study is designed to assess whether echocardiographic parameters are associated with rate of renal function decline and progression to dialysis in CKD stage 3 to 5 patients. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS This(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are associated with increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Echocardiographic measures of heart structure and function have been reported to predict adverse CV outcomes in various pathologic conditions. The aim of this study is to assess whether echocardiographic parameters are(More)
Infective endocarditis owing to Mycobacterium abscessus infection is rarely reported. Most cases of infective endocarditis caused by Mycobacterium abscessus are seen in patients after valve replacement. Although early surgical intervention is recommended and medical treatment with antibiotics according to the susceptibility to the pathogen, such as(More)
AIM The ankle brachial index (ABI) is a marker for peripheral artery disease and can predict mortality in advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and haemodialysis patients, respectively. However, it is seldom studied in Taiwan, an area with high prevalence of CKD and end-stage renal disease. The aim of this study was to investigate the predictors for(More)
BACKGROUND Tei index obtained from tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE-Tei index) has an inherent advantage of recording its systolic and diastolic components simultaneously on the same cardiac cycle. The aims of this study are to evaluate whether TDE-Tei index also exerts a correlation with left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function and filling(More)
Typical atrial flutter is characterized by its sawtooth flutter wave in leads II, III, aVF, and V1. Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia is characterized by its small retrograde P wave after completion of QRS complex, where sawtooth flutter-like P waves are rarely seen in the electrocardiogram during atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia. We(More)