Itaru Yokouchi

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A 77-year-old man was admitted with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), severe heart failure (HF), and repeated ventricular fibrillation (VF) episodes. A single premature ventricular complex (PVC) induced ventricular tachycardia (VT), which degenerated to VF reproducibly. This PVC was eliminated by catheter ablation at the left ventricular posteroseptal(More)
OBJECTIVES The benefits of treating patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) with statins are well established. This study investigated the effects of statins on patients who presented with low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, were diagnosed with non-ST elevation ACS, and subsequently underwent percutaneous coronary interventions(More)
In patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD), the incidence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is high, leading to a severe condition; therefore, examinations that facilitate early diagnosis are necessary. The diagnostic accuracy of the ankle brachial pressure index (ABI) after walking, of which the cut-off value was corrected for HD patients, is higher than(More)
A case with two different types of atrial reentrant tachycardia of superior vena cava (SVC) origin is presented. Recent clinical studies have shown that the origin of focal atrial tachycardia typically lies in the venous structures connecting to both atria—the coronary sinus, the superior and inferior vena cava, and the pulmonary vein. These foci have(More)
Objective: The objective of this study was to clarify whether or not pulse volume recoding (PVR) parameters have screening capability equivalent to ankle-brachial pressure index after walking (Ex-ABI) for patients with 0.91 or higher ABI. Patients and Methods: The subjects were 87 patients (147 limbs) with symptoms of lower extremities with 0.91 or higher(More)
We identified a case of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) originating from inferior vena cava (IVC) and the low-posterior left atrium (LA). Both foci, the IVC and the low-posterior LA, simultaneously served not only as trigger but also as driver for maintenance of AF. During AF, the IVC and the low-posterior LA continuously demonstrated the rapid and(More)
Previous studies have shown that transient no-reflow during coronary intervention but with Thrombosis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) grade 3 flow at the completion of the procedure is associated with increased in-hospital and 6-month mortality. We hypothesized that the use of intravascular ultrasound before intervention could identify morphologic features(More)
The prognostic and diagnostic values of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) in ischemic heart disease have already been investigated in many previous studies. Although NT-pro-BNP is affected by many factors, these previous studies did not strictly exclude them. This study included 110 patients who received coronary arteriography between(More)
BACKGROUND The ankle-brachial pressure index (ABI) is widely used as a standard screening method for arterial occlusive lesion above the knee. However, the sensitivity of ABI is low in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Exercise stress (Ex-ABI) may reduce the false negative results. PATIENTS AND METHODS After measuring resting ABI and toe-brachial pressure index(More)
BACKGROUND While preprocedural statin treatment for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is widely regarded as beneficial, there has been no prospective randomized multicenter trial of patients with non-ST elevation ACS in the Japanese population to examine the efficacy of preprocedural aggressive statin use. The aim of this study was to confirm this effect by(More)