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INTRODUCTION Arterial stiffness may contribute to left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This study was conducted to evaluate the independent factor of LVH and the quantification of LVH by electrocardiogram (ECG) to predict the degree of aortic stiffness using brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) in subjects with hypertension. MATERIALS AND METHODS A(More)
INTRODUCTION The association between the arterial stiffness and the severity of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function in hypertension has not been fully evaluated. This study was conducted to evaluate the relationship of aortic stiffness by brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) to parameters reflecting the atherosclerosis and the severity of LV(More)
BACKGROUND Low ankle-arm systolic blood pressure index is strongly correlated with various cardiovascular risk factors. However, although the potential hazards of resulting coronary artery disease (CAD) are well established, no data is available regarding how ankle-arm index (AAI) and CAD severity are related. METHODS This study enrolled 477 patients and(More)
BACKGROUND Although a low ankle-arm index (AAI) has been reported to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in several populations, no data exist concerning the impact of AAI for outpatients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) in the clinical setting. METHODS AND RESULTS The present study enrolled 840 outpatients (age range(More)
The severity of residual stenosis (RS) sometimes cannot be accurately measured by angiography during central vein intervention. This study evaluated the role of pullback pressure measurement during central vein stenosis (CVS) intervention. A retrospective review enrolled 94 consecutive dialysis patients who underwent CVS interventions but not stenting(More)
BACKGROUND This retrospective study evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of trans-radial intervention for upper arm dialysis access. METHODS This study retrospectively reviewed 165 trans-radial interventions performed for upper arm dialysis access in 101 patients. Sixty-nine patients had arteriovenous graft (AVG), and 32 had arteriovenous fistula (AVF).(More)
Various sequelae of alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy have been reported. Of note, some cases of cardiac tamponade after alcohol septal ablation cannot be well explained. We describe the case of a 78-year-old woman with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in whom cardiac tamponade developed one hour after alcohol septal(More)
INTRODUCTION Accumulated evidence shows that erectile dysfunction (ED) may be a precursor of coronary artery disease (CAD). AIMS The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in coronary phenotypes between patients with ED and patients with angina pectoris. METHODS The study enrolled 30 ED patients (study group) and 120 age-matched angina(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have reported a close correlation between low ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) and various cardiovascular risk factors. However, despite the well-established potential hazards of consequent coronary artery disease (CAD), no data exist on the relationship between ABPI and the severity of CAD, particularly in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is a simple and reproducible measure of arterial stiffness and is extensively used to assess risk of cardiovascular disease in Asia. We examined whether baPWV was associated with coronary atherosclerosis and presence and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) in older patients with chest pain. METHODS(More)