Jeong Bae Park

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OBJECTIVES Extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) modulate vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) growth and contractility, important factors in blood pressure regulation. In the present in vivo study, we investigated whether short-term inhibition of ERK1/2-dependent signaling pathways influences vascular function and blood pressure (BP) in(More)
Heart rate (HR) recovery after exercise is a function of vagal reactivation, and its impairment is a predictor of overall mortality and adverse cardiovascular events. While metabolic syndrome is associated with sympathetic overactivity, little is known about the relationship between metabolic syndrome and HR recovery. A symptom-limited exercise stress test(More)
We tested the hypothesis that angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and angiotensinogen gene polymorphism influence the incidence, development and outcome of preeclampsia. Subjects were recruited from 90 Korean patients with preeclampsia during pregnancy and 98 age-matched controls. After isolation of DNA, polymerase chain reactions (PCR) were carried out to(More)
While risk scores are invaluable tools for adapted preventive strategies, a significant gap exists between predicted and actual event rates. Additional tools to further stratify the risk of patients at an individual level are biomarkers. A surrogate endpoint is a biomarker that is intended as a substitute for a clinical endpoint. In order to be considered(More)
To compare the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome (MS) using 3 definitions (World Health Organization [WHO], Adult Treatment Panel [ATP III], and International Diabetes Foundation [IDF]) in Korean subjects, we reviewed 6,196 participants (3,436 men and 2,760 women; mean age 51 +/- 11 and 49 +/- 12 years) who underwent a general health status evaluation(More)
BACKGROUND Although non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, its influence on hypertension development is poorly understood. We investigated whether fatty liver disease, as assessed by the fatty liver index, could predict the development of hypertension independently of systemic insulin resistance, inflammatory(More)
Treatment strategies are provided in accordance with the level of global cardiovascular risk, from lifestyle modification in the lower risk group to more comprehensive treatment in the higher risk group. Considering the common trend of combination drug regimen, the choice of the first drug is suggested more liberally according to the physician's discretion.
Information regarding pulmonary edema in obstetric patients is limited, especially its natural history as most cases are from tertiary care centers. The incidence, etiology, and course of pulmonary edema in all obstetric patients at a primary-secondary care center was studied prospectively among 29,621 obstetric cases in the past 3.5 years. Pulmonary edema(More)
Increased bioavailability of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of mineralocorticoid hypertension. To find out the source of ROS, we evaluated the role of NAD(P)H oxidase in blood pressure (BP) elevation, cardiovascular hypertrophy, and fibrosis in aldosterone-salt rats. Aldosterone infusion (0.75 microg/h) significantly(More)