Kentaro Aizawa

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BACKGROUND Low-energy shock wave (SW) therapy has improved myocardial ischemia in both a porcine model and in patients with severe angina pectoris. METHODS AND RESULTS To further confirm the effectiveness and safety of SW therapy, 8 patients with severe angina pectoris were treated with SW therapy in a double-blind, placebo-controlled and cross-over(More)
BACKGROUND Activation of Rho-kinase plays a central role in the pathogenesis of drug-eluting stents (DES)-induced coronary hyperconstricting responses in pigs in vivo has been previously demonstrated. In the present study, Rho-kinase activation involved in those responses in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is examined. METHODS AND RESULTS In(More)
BACKGROUND Although a significant progress has been made in the management of ischemic heart disease (IHD), the number of severe IHD patients is increasing. Thus, it is crucial to develop new, non-invasive therapeutic strategies. In the present study, we aimed to develop low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) therapy for the treatment of IHD. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine whether Rho-kinase activity is systemically enhanced in patients with vasospastic angina (VSA) and, if so, whether a noninvasive diagnostic method could be developed to improve practice. BACKGROUND The activated Rho-kinase pathway plays a central role in the molecular mechanism of coronary vasospasm in(More)
BACKGROUND Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), the major n-3 fatty acid in fish oil, exerts cardioprotective effects against ischemic heart disease; however, the detailed mechanisms remain to be elucidated. Rho-kinase plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases including ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. Thus, the hypothesis that(More)
AIMS Accumulating evidence indicates that coronary vasoconstricting responses are enhanced at the edges of coronary segment implanted with a drug-eluting stent (DES) compared with a bare-metal stent (BMS) in humans. We have recently demonstrated that Rho-kinase pathway plays an important role in DES-induced coronary hyperconstricting responses associated(More)
OBJECTIVE Left ventricular (LV) remodeling after acute myocardial infarction still remains an important issue in cardiovascular medicine. We have recently demonstrated that low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) therapy improves myocardial ischemia in a pig model of chronic myocardial ischemia through enhanced myocardial angiogenesis. In the present study,(More)
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