Jing-bo Kong

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AIMS To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new approach for transseptal catheterization in patients undergoing percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (PBMV). METHODS One hundred and two patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis were randomized into two groups. In the study group (RA approach), an imaginary horizontal line was drawn from the top end of(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) might be useful in the management of coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of xuezhikang, an extract of Chinese red yeast rice, on the proliferation and adhesion capacity of EPCs from the peripheral blood of patients with stable CAD. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aims to determine if the involvement of tensile stress affects the expressions of inflammatory cytokines interleukin-17(IL-17), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) at intervertebral discs in vivo. MATERIAL AND METHOD Sixty-four female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into four groups: sham,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of ischemic postconditioning on the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 during ischemia-reperfusion of myocardium in a rabbit model. METHODS Thirty-six male New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into sham, ischemia-reperfusion and ischemic postconditioning groups. Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion was(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on serum collagen biomarkers following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-eight patients were enrolled into a primary PCI (n = 16) and a control (n = 22) group. The PCI group received successful PCI within 6 h of MI,(More)
This study was designed to investigate the impact of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) on plasma and tissue hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). PE was established in 16 New Zealand white rabbits by intravenous injection of autologous blood clots. Another 16 sham-operated rabbits were used as control. Plasma HGF levels and tissue HGF expression was measured by(More)
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