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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Previous studies have demonstrated that cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves exercise tolerance and muscle strength in patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and in patients after cardiac surgery. However, the association between exercise tolerance and muscular strength following CR and the comparison of relationships among various(More)
The right gastroepiploic artery (GEA) is frequently used as another in situ artery, other than the internal thoracic artery (ITA) in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Skeletonizing the graft with an ultrasonic scalpel is now regarded as a useful technique; however, this technique may damage the endothelial function during harvesting the graft(More)
OBJECTIVES Metabolic syndrome is common among patients having coronary artery bypass grafting. However, it remains unclear whether it has a significant impact on postoperative complications. We aimed to determine whether metabolic syndrome negatively influences the postoperative outcomes of coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS We enrolled 1183(More)
On diagnosis of Stanford type A acute aortic dissection with an aberrant right subclavian artery, emergency operation was performed. Aortic arch replacement was undertaken with additional 'elephant trunk' procedure to cover the entry site and decrease the blood flow through the false lumen. We consider this technique will become one of the effective(More)
EuroSCORE (European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation) used for calculating the risk of the postoperative mortality rate for patients undergoing open-heart surgery may be able to predict postoperative complications as well. Consecutive cases of isolated on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) (n=1552) performed between 1991 and 2006 at our(More)
INTRODUCTION European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation (EuroSCORE) has been used to predict the postoperative mortality rate for patients undergoing open-heart surgery. The contributions of EuroSCORE in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has not yet clearly elucidated. METHODS Consecutive patients of isolated off-pump CABG(More)
We report our initial experience of an off-pump total arterial minimally invasive coronary arterial bypass grafting (MICS CABG) with the use of bilateral internal thoracic arteries (BITA) and the right gastroepiproic artery. A 47-year old male with renal dysfunction secondary to diabetes mellitus was admitted for heart failure due to severe triple-vessel(More)
Eukaryotic poly(A)-binding protein (PABP) binds not only to the 3' poly(A) tail of most mRNAs, but also to the 5'-untranslated region (UTR). The latter form of binding leads to auto-regulation of PABP expression. The 5'-UTR sequence contains A-rich repeats different from that in 3'-UTR. The role of these A-rich repeats in auto-regulation, however, remains(More)
Identifying anatomical variations of the celio-mesenteric arterial branches is important when performing pancreaticoduodenectomy. A relatively rare variation is the common hepatic artery entirely originated as a branch of the superior mesenteric artery. This type of variation is termed hepatomesenteric trunk type common hepatic artery, in which an accessory(More)
OBJECTIVE Lateral and inferior territories are difficult to expose during off-pump minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG). The use of cardiopulmonary bypass is required at times. We initiated a direct retraction method by using a cardiac positioner for a better exposure, in order to complete off-pump, multivessel MICS CABG safely. (More)