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A 74-year-old woman presented with effort-induced chest pain. Diagnostic coronary angiography revealed three-vessel disease. A successful angioplasty was performed with two sirolimus-eluting stents placed in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) and left circumflex artery (LCX). The right coronary artery (RCA) was treated with a bare-metal stent.(More)
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Detecting the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is critically important in managing patients with heart failure of uncertain cause. The recently introduced 123I-BMIPP/201TlCl dual myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography (dual SPECT) is potentially a non-invasive diagnostic tool in detecting ischemic heart disease.(More)
BACKGROUND The use of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy for congenital heart disease (CHD) has been increasing, but few studies have reported on the efficacy of ICD therapy in Japanese CHD patients. METHOD Twelve CHD patients (median age, 35 years) with first ICD implantation were examined. Median follow-up duration was 2.9 years.(More)
BACKGROUND The maze procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a widely used adjunctive therapy. It is necessary to define the precise indications for the procedure based on preoperative factors, but definitive parameters in terms of atrial function have not been well determined. METHODS AND RESULTS In the present study, 55 consecutive(More)
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is effective to prevent sudden death in HCM patients. We reviewed ICD records to analyze the relation between life-threatening arrhythmia and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in Japanese hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients. In 102 consecutive patients (median age(More)
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