Kazufumi Tsuchihashi

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OBJECTIVES To determine the clinical features of a novel heart syndrome with transient left ventricular (LV) apical ballooning, but without coronary artery stenosis, that mimics acute myocardial infarction, we performed a multicenter retrospective enrollment study. BACKGROUND Only several case presentations have been reported with regard to this syndrome.(More)
To clarify the significance of the serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) in the mechanism of insulin resistance, we studied 12 obese patients with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). We evaluated the relationship of TNF-alpha levels with the visceral, subcutaneous, and total fat areas measured by computed tomography (CT), and(More)
PURPOSE This study was undertaken to assess the association between acute hyperglycemia and inhospital outcome after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) era. We also assessed outcome of patients with a history of diabetes mellitus in the PCI era. METHODS Between January 2001 and December 2001, 1253 patients(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis of patients with saddleback or noncoved type (non-type 1) ST-elevation in Brugada syndrome is unknown. The purpose of this study was to clarify the long-term prognosis of probands with non-type 1 ECG and those with coved (type 1) Brugada-pattern ECG. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 330 (123 symptomatic, 207 asymptomatic) probands(More)
BACKGROUND Limited information exists regarding the impact of gender on in-hospital outcome after primary stenting for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 2,981 patients (790 women and 2,191 men) participated in the study who were admitted within 24 h after symptom onset and underwent emergency primary stenting for AMI.(More)
UNLABELLED Cardiac (123)I-labeled metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) activity has significant incremental prognostic value, but the difference between the long-term prognostic value of MIBG imaging for ischemic cardiomyopathies and the long-term prognostic value of MIBG imaging for idiopathic cardiomyopathies is not clear. This study aimed to determine whether(More)
We investigated the relationship of codon 972 polymorphism of the insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) gene with insulin resistance in the Japanese population. Among 130 patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM), we identified 6 who were heterozygous for the Gly972Arg mutation. Among 144 healthy subjects, 6 were heterozygous and 1 was homozygous for the(More)
Although the benefits of treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and beta-blockers are well known, no method has as yet been established to predict the efficacy of drug therapy. This study tested whether cardiac 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) activity is of prognostic value and can predict the improvement in heart failure patients(More)
Although heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) can be a marker of sarcolemmal injury due to acute myocardial ischemia, the diagnostic or prognostic value is not established in patients with acute chest pain. This multicenter prospective study aimed to determine the diagnostic and prognostic values of H-FABP in 133 patients presenting to an(More)
BACKGROUND Impaired left ventricular (LV) function is shown by strain rate (SR) imaging in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). Left atrium (LA) function in patients with DM, however, has not been assessed by this method and the effect of hypertension (HT) on LV and LA functions in diabetic patients has not been fully studied. The aim of this study was to(More)