Kosuke Hamagawa

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Abdominal visceral fat plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome, which is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). Ultrasonography (US) distinctively quantifies visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. We measured the maximum preperitoneal visceral fat thickness (Vmax) and the minimum subcutaneous fat thickness (Smin) by US in 185(More)
AIM Although measurement of natriuretic peptides including N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has been recommended for identifying heart failure (HF) patients, the prevalence of elderly patients with latent HF who are attending an outpatient clinic is unknown. METHODS We measured NT-proBNP levels in 393 patients (aged 75 ± 9 years) in a(More)
An 83-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with dyspnea. A chest X-ray showed cardiomegaly and pulmonary congestion. An echocardiogram revealed severe tricuspid regurgitation and markedly elevated transtricuspid pressure gradient of 103 mmHg. There was no left ventricular systolic or diastolic dysfunction. Laboratory evaluation revealed elevated free(More)
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