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)
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)
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)
We examined whether an additive treatment with an angiotensin receptor blocker, olmesartan, reduces the mortality and morbidity in hypertensive patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) treated with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, β-blockers, or both. In this prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded endpoint study, a total of 1147(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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