Ken Ishibashi

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Residual risk of cardiovascular events after treatment with stain might be explained in part because patients have low levels of n−3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). We examined how lipid-lowering therapy with strong statin affected serum PUFA levels in patients with coronary artery disease. The study population consisted of 46 patients with coronary(More)
BACKGROUND The angiographic no-reflow phenomenon after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) carries a poor prognosis in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the type of plaque composition that associates with the angiographic no-reflow phenomenon remains unclear. METHODS A total of 44 patients with STEMI(More)
BACKGROUND Although the coronary artery calcium (CAC) score as measured with computed tomography (CT) is associated with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in Western countries, little is known in Asian populations. METHODS AND RESULTS Three hundred and seventeen Japanese patients (205 men and 112 women) were followed in the study and they underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown good correlations between echocardiography and Tl-201 gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for the assessment of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction. We assessed how left ventricular geometry affected correlations between these values measured by the 2 methods in patients with known or(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the accuracy of left ventricular end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV), and ejection fraction (EF) using quantitative gated single-photon emission computed tomography (QGS) in comparison with echocardiography as the reference standard. We also assessed the effects of total perfusion deficit (TPD) on the accuracy of QGS(More)
Aliskiren is a novel blood pressure-lowering agent acting as an oral direct renin inhibitor. We evaluated the effects of aliskiren on the fibrinolytic system in patients with coronary artery disease who were receiving angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs). We studied 17 patients with coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is a sensitive and early sign of myocardial ischemia. We assessed whether mitral annular velocity reflected the severity of myocardial ischemia evaluated by single-photon emission computed tomography in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) and preserved ejection fraction. METHODS AND(More)
Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a well-established marker of platelet activation, and recent studies have shown that platelet activation is central to the processes in the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease (CAD). The study population consisted of 45 patients with stable CAD who underwent successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with(More)
BACKGROUND We evaluated the diagnostic value of resting echocardiographic findings including total heart calcification (THC) score in combination with dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) for detection of myocardial ischemia. METHODS Altogether, 110 patients with suspected angina pectoris underwent resting echocardiography and DSE. On the basis of(More)