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BACKGROUND Improving quality of life (QOL) has become an important goal in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy. We aimed (1) to assess the effect of an implantable LVAD on patients' QOL, (2) to compare LVAD patients' QOL to that of patients in different stages of heart failure (HF), and (3) to identify factors associated with patients' QOL. (More)
BACKGROUND Depressed hemodynamics stimulates arginine vasopressin (AVP) release, but the relationship between plasma AVP levels (P-AVP) and cardiac parameters, especially in patients with stage D heart failure (HF) receiving guideline-directed medical therapy, has not examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data including P-AVP were obtained from 162 in-hospital(More)
Although cross-sectional late-phase reinnervation in heart transplantation (HTx) recipients has been demonstrated by several earlier studies, early-phase successive analyses especially for parasympathetic reinnervation remain unknown. Successive heart rate variability (HRV) data calculated by the MemCalc power spectral density method were obtained from 16(More)
Although sympathetic reinnervation is accompanied by the improvement of exercise tolerability during the first years after heart transplantation (HTx), little is known about parasympathetic reinnervation and its clinical impact. We enrolled 21 recipients (40 ± 16 years, 71% male) who had received successive cardiopulmonary exercise testing at 6 months, and(More)
Serial endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs) are scheduled even several years after heart transplantation (HTx) to monitor for late rejection (LR). However, repeated EMBs are associated with an increased risk for fatal complications and decrease the quality of life of the recipient. We retrospectively analyzed clinical data from 42 adult recipients who had(More)
Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder characterized by genetic abnormality of microfibrillar connective tissue proteins. Endothelial dysfunction is thought to cause aortic dilation in subjects with a bicuspid aortic valve; however, the role of endothelial dysfunction and endothelial damaging factors has not been elucidated in Marfan syndrome.(More)
We report the first successful case in Japan of use of a DuraHeart® for 437 days as a bridge to heart transplantation. A 55-year-old woman developed dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 47. Her heart condition gradually deteriorated, and she became dependent on catecholamine support, therefore a DuraHeart® was implanted. She had an uncomplicated(More)
The usefulness of Xe-133 and Tc-99m-MAA single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in identifying areas to be resected during video-assisted thoracoscopic lung reduction surgery for emphysema was examined. Twenty-nine patients with advanced emphysema were examined using Xe-133 and Tc-99m-MAA SPECT prior to and following surgery. For the Xe-133(More)
BACKGROUND Predicting the occurrence of aortic insufficiency (AI) during left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support has remained unsolved. METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled 52 patients who had received continuous flow LVAD (14 axial and 38 centrifugal pumps) and who been followed for ≥6 months between Jun 2006 and Dec 2013. Native aortic valve (AV)(More)