Koichi Taniguchi

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INTRODUCTION Idiopathic ventricular outflow tract tachycardia or premature ventricular contractions (OT-VTs) can originate from several different sites in the outflow tract, including the left ventricular (LV) endocardium and epicardium. The aims of this study were (1) to develop an ECG algorithm to predict the origin of OT-VT and (2) to test prospectively(More)
OBJECTIVES We aimed to predict the high-risk plaque of distal embolization after stent deployment in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) with Virtual Histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) (Volcano Therapeutics, Inc., Rancho Cordova, California). BACKGROUND Distal embolization during primary percutaneous coronary(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic ventricular tachycardias (VTs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) arising from the tricuspid annulus have been reported. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to clarify the prevalence and characteristics of VT/PVCs originating from the tricuspid annulus. METHODS The ECG characteristics and results of radiofrequency(More)
INTRODUCTION Elimination of transient pulmonary vein recurrences (dormant PVs) induced by an ATP injection and ablation at the PV carina region is an effective strategy for atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. The relationship between dormant PVs and the PV carina region has not been evaluated. METHODS A total of 212 consecutive symptomatic AF patients(More)
BACKGROUND This study was undertaken to investigate the applicability and image quality of contrast-enhanced visualization of the coronary venous system (CVS) by multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT). METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 70 patients underwent MDCT and for each patient, 6 data sets were created throughout the cardiac cycle. The number and(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to clarify the prevalence and characteristics of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia or premature ventricular contraction originating from the mitral annulus (MAVT/PVC). BACKGROUND Recent case reports have presented patients with MAVT/PVC. METHODS Electrocardiographic (ECG) characteristics and the results of electrophysiologic(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated similar efficacy of the drug-eluting stent (DES) in patients with and without calcified lesions. However, most of the randomized trials have excluded patients with severe calcified lesions. This study aimed to examine the impact of lesion calcium on clinical and angiographic outcome after sirolimus-eluting stent(More)
Quantitative gated single-photon emission computed tomography was performed in 10 patients before and shortly after (<1 month) receiving biventricular pacing (BVP). They were divided into 2 groups (responder and nonresponder groups) on the basis of clinical status and echocardiographic parameters 18 +/- 6 months later. In the responder group, left(More)
BACKGROUND Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) identifies scar tissue as an area of delayed enhancement (DE). The scar region might be the substrate for ventricular tachycardia (VT). However, the relationship between the occurrence of VT and the characteristics of scar tissue has not been fully studied. METHODS CMR was performed in 34(More)
Although several branching patterns of pulmonary veins (PVs) were reported, their prevalence and characterization were not sufficiently clarified. Multislice computed tomography was performed in 428 patients who underwent catheter ablation for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. Size and branching pattern of PVs were analyzed. A typical pattern of 4 PVs(More)