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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 The effects of anastomotic complications after laparoscopically assisted gastrectomy (LAG) have not been studied widely. The aims of this observational study were to identify potential factors that predict anastomotic complications and investigate the impact of anastomotic complications in patients undergoing gastrectomy for early gastric cancer.(More)
BACKGROUND The characteristics of idiopathic ventricular tachycardias (VTs) or idiopathic premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) arising from the pulmonary artery (PA) have not been sufficiently clarified. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to clarify the prevalence, characteristics, and preferential sites of idiopathic VT/PVCs arising from the PA(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 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)
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)
As a result from our research, the Waseda Flutist Robot is able of playing the flute nearly similar to an intermediate level flutist. In order to enhance the expressiveness of its performance, we are focusing our research on improving the mechanical design of the simulated organs as well as implementing automated algorithms for the generation of expressive(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence and ECG characteristics of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmia originating in the free wall of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) require further clarification, which was the aim of the present study of 110 patients with idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (n=34) or premature ventricular contraction (n=76; OT-VT/PVC) who(More)
BACKGROUND A prospective randomized study compared the preventive effects of ticlopidine plus aspirin therapy versus cilostazol plus aspirin therapy on subacute thrombosis (SAT) and restenosis after coronary stenting. METHODS AND RESULTS After successful stenting of 327 coronary lesions in 282 consecutive patients, the patients were randomized to receive(More)
An 83-year-old woman presented with dilated cardiomyopathy. Cardiac resynchronization therapy was performed. Two weeks later, cardiac output and ventricular wall motion were estimated using impedance cardiography and tissue Doppler echocardiography with and without pacing. Cardiac output increased from 3.5 to 4.5 l/min during biventricular pacing with a 120(More)