Kenji Nishioka

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BACKGROUND Peculiar asynergy, which consists of hypokinesis or akinesis from the mid portion to the apical area and hyperkinesis of the basal area on contrast left ventriculogram, is rare. Because the end-systolic left ventriculogram looks like a "tako-tsubo," which was used for trapping octopuses in Japan, we proposed the term "tako-tsubo-like left(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have shown that both early and late effects of ischemic preconditioning (IPC) protect against myocardial injury after ischemic reperfusion. METHODS AND RESULTS The purpose of this study was to evaluate the late effects of IPC on endothelial function in humans. Late phase of IPC was induced by upper limb ischemia (cuff inflation(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to assess myocardial perfusion and metabolism in patients with peculiar transient asynergy, which consisted of basal normokinesia and apical akinesia of the left ventricle (LV) at the same time. BACKGROUND This asynergy has been widely called "tako-tsubo-like LV dysfunction" in Japan, but little is known about its pathophysiology. (More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate endothelial function in patients with periodontitis. We evaluated forearm blood flow responses to acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside in patients with periodontitis who had no other cardiovascular risk factors (32 men; 25+/-3 years of age), in a normal control group (20 men; 26+/-3 years of age), and in(More)
BACKGROUND Bone-marrow mononuclear cell (BM-MNC) implantation improves ischemic symptoms in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term clinical outcomes after autologous BM-MNC implantation in patients with CLI. METHODS AND RESULTS We assessed long-term clinical outcomes after BM-MNC implantation in 51(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have revealed the existence of bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). The number of circulating EPCs might reflect the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and progression of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the number of EPCs and cardiovascular risk(More)
To assess the impact of spontaneous anterograde flow of the infarct artery on outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), we studied 478 patients with a first anterior wall AMI who underwent coronary angiography within 12 hours after the onset of chest pain; Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) 3 flow was obtained after reperfusion(More)
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 Long-term moderate-intensity exercise augments endothelium-dependent vasodilation through an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of different intensities of acute exercise on hemodynamics in humans. METHODS We evaluated forearm blood flow (FBF) responses to different intensities of(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to assess the relationship between acute hyperglycemia and left ventricular function after reperfusion therapy for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS This study consisted of 529 patients with a first anterior wall AMI who underwent coronary angiography followed by coronary angioplasty or thrombolysis within 12(More)