Huey-ming Lo

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AIMS To assess the diagnostic accuracy of 256-row computed tomographic angiography (CTA) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Non-invasive imaging of the coronary artery by CTA has increasingly been used in recent years. The accuracy of 256-row CTA has not yet been studied. We sought to assess the accuracy of 256-row CTA compared with(More)
Acupuncture at the Neiguan (P6) point has been shown to lessen nausea and vomiting which are related to vagal modulation. This study investigated whether acupuncture at the P6 point could improve vagal modulation by using heart rate variability analysis. We compared the heart rate variability measures of 39 subjects receiving acupuncture at the P6 point, 38(More)
Previous studies have shown that an increased intake of dietary flavonoids is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). PDGF is a major mitogen for vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) and participates in the pathogenesis of many CVDs. The study investigated whether the flavone chrysin affected PDGF functions in VSMCs and neointma(More)
Nano- and submicron-sized vesicles are beneficial for the controlled delivery of drugs. Resveratrol, the main active polyphenol in red wine, was incorporated into various combinations of emulsions and liposomes to examine its physicochemical characteristics and cardiovascular protection. The blends of emulsion-liposome were composed of coconut oil, soybean(More)
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) result from the sub-endothelial accumulation of inflammatory cells and smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Lycopene, a natural compound from tomato, has been suggested to play a role in CVD prevention. However, its action mechanism is still largely unknown. In this study, we examined the effect of lycopene on SMCs. We found that(More)
OBJECTIVES The presence of postoperative atrial fibrillation predicts a higher short- and long-term mortality rates; however, no scoring system has been used to discriminate patients at high risk for this complication. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc scores are useful risk assessment tools for new-onset atrial(More)
Early studies have demonstrated the ability of dietary carotenoids to enhance immune response, but the mechanism underlying their influence on macrophage activity remains unclear. Here, we investigated the effects of carotenoids on macrophage activity. Carotenoids, including lutein and lycopene, enhanced MMP-9 activity in RAW264.7 macrophages. Lutein was(More)
We assessed the prognostic implications of low triiodothyronine (T3) and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels in critically ill patients with acute heart failure. We acquired data for 144 critical care patients with acute decompensated heart failure, of which 106 were included in this study. Plasma thyroid hormones and NT-proBNP(More)
INTRODUCTION Left circumflex (LC)-related acute myocardial infarction (AMI) presenting without ST-T changes has been underdiagnosed in the emergency department. There is little information on its clinical features and significance. AIMS The aims of the study were to investigate the clinical characteristics and outcomes of LC-related AMI without ST-T(More)
Subendothelial collagen supports platelet adhesion, activation, and thrombus growth at sites of vascular damage. Previous studies have shown that chalcones possess antiplatelet activity, but their mechanism of action is not fully understood. In this study, a recently synthesized chalcone, 2'-ethoxy-5'-methoxy-2-(5-methylthienyl)chalcone (EMMTC), was used to(More)