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BACKGROUND The characteristics of idiopathic ventricular tachycardias (VTs) or idiopathic premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) arising from the pulmonary artery (PA) have not been sufficiently clarified. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to clarify the prevalence, characteristics, and preferential sites of idiopathic VT/PVCs arising from the PA(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic ventricular tachycardias (VTs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) arising from the tricuspid annulus have been reported. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to clarify the prevalence and characteristics of VT/PVCs originating from the tricuspid annulus. METHODS The ECG characteristics and results of radiofrequency(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study was designed to clarify whether the Rho-Rho-kinase pathway is involved in the process of hypertensive glomerulosclerosis and to assess the therapeutic effect of fasudil, a specific Rho-kinase inhibitor. METHOD AND RESULTS Dahl salt-sensitive rats (DS) and Dahl salt-resistant rats (DR) were fed a high-salt diet at 6 weeks of(More)
We describe a 59-year-old woman with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). Diagnosis of SSS was made because she had frequent episodes of sinus arrest with prolonged ventricular asystole. Cardiac images showed a dilated right atrium (RA) and a right ventricle (RV). Electroanatomical mapping of the RA showed(More)
OBJECT This study was designed to examine whether natriuretic peptide/natriuretic peptide receptor-A (NPR-A) system attenuates renal fibrosis in a unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) model and also examined the mechanism involved. METHODS Three groups were studied: untreated UUO in wild-type mice; untreated UUO in NPR-A KO mice; and ANP treated (0.05(More)
BACKGROUND Tissue synchronization imaging (TSI) and tissue tracking imaging (TTI) might facilitate the evaluation of ventricular dyssynchrony. METHODS In 22 patients, TSI and TTI were performed before and < 1 month after onset of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). With TSI guidance, maximum left ventricular (LV) intraventricular conduction delay(More)
OBJECT We investigated the pathophysiological role of the cardiac adrenomedullin (AM) system, including the ligand, receptor and amidating activity in the hypertrophied heart in severe hypertension. METHOD We studied the following four groups: control Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY), spontaneously hypertensive stroke-prone rats (SHR-SP), 8 weeks captopril-treated(More)
The present study was designed to examine whether chronic adrenomedullin infusion has renoprotective effects in hypertensive renal failure and the mechanism by which chronic adrenomedullin infusion exerts its effects. Dahl salt-sensitive rats and Dahl salt-resistant rats were fed a high salt diet starting at 6 weeks of age. Recombinant human adrenomedullin(More)
To investigate the pathophysiological role of adrenomedullin (AM) in left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in hypertension, we measured the plasma level, left ventricle (LV) tissue level, and mRNA abundance of AM and the mRNA abundance of the AM receptor system in the LV. We also analyzed the molecular forms of AM in the plasma and LV tissue and investigated(More)
Acute administration of adrenomedullin (AM) exerts beneficial hemodynamic, renal, and neurohormonal effects in heart failure (HF). However, chronic effects of AM administration on HF remain unknown. This study sought to examine the effect of chronic infusion of AM on progression of HF in rat. Human recombinant AM was administered by osmotic minipump for 7(More)