Kai-Hung Cheng

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BACKGROUND Areca nut chewing has been reported to be associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and cardiovascular mortality in previous studies. The aim of this study was to examine whether chewing areca nut increases the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in Taiwanese men. METHODS This study is a hospital-based case-control study. The(More)
In order to ensure that they are reliable markers of atherosclerosis and suitable for repetitive follow-up of disease progression and management responses in hemodialysis (HD) patients, brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and ankle-brachial index (ABI) should be tested to see whether they change with different measurement time points. The aim of this(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of prospective screening for the HLA-B*58:01 allele to identify Taiwanese individuals at risk of severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) induced by allopurinol treatment. DESIGN National prospective cohort study. SETTING 15 medical centres in different regions of Taiwan, from July 2009 to August 2014. PARTICIPANTS 2926(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the association between genetic variants on chromosome 4q25 and atrial fibrillation (AF) in a Taiwanese population. METHODS We enrolled 200 patients with AF (mean age: 67 +/- 13 years) and 158 controls (mean age: 63 +/- 10 years). The genotypes of five SNPs, RS2634073, RS2200733, RS13143308, RS2220427 and RS10033464, were(More)
In addition to adipocytokines, estradiol (E2) and vitamin D have been reported to affect insulin sensitivity, glucose homeostasis and body weight. However, studies about the impact of E2 and vitamin D on metabolic syndrome (MetS) are still limited. The aim of this study is to clarify the roles of circulating E2 and vitamin D on the risk of MetS in(More)
Platelet activation and aggregation underlie acute thrombosis that leads to ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). L5-highly electronegative low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-is significantly elevated in patients with STEMI. Thus, we examined the role of L5 in thrombogenesis. Plasma LDL from patients with STEMI (n = 30) was chromatographically resolved(More)
Typical atrial flutter is characterized by its sawtooth flutter wave in leads II, III, aVF, and V1. Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia is characterized by its small retrograde P wave after completion of QRS complex, where sawtooth flutter-like P waves are rarely seen in the electrocardiogram during atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia. We(More)
Myocardial injury results in a loss of contractile tissue mass that, in the absence of efficient regeneration, is essentially irreversible. Transplantation of human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes has beneficial but variable effects. We created human engineered heart tissue (hEHT) strips from human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived(More)
Acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction after the administration of terlipressin in patients with hemorrhagic esophageal varices is a rare but life-threatening complication. We report the case of a 73-year-old female patient with esophageal variceal bleeding complicated with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction after intravenous(More)