Kouichi Nakau

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BACKGROUND Cardiac troponin I (cTnI) is currently considered to be the most sensitive and specific biochemical marker of acute coronary syndrome and acute myocardial infarction. However, few reports have described the use of cTnI assays for evaluating abnormal hemodynamic load in children with congenital heart disease (CHD). It was hypothesized that(More)
BACKGROUND Both B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) are useful biomarkers for the assessment of congestive heart failure (CHF) in adults. The purpose of this study was to determine whether BNP and NT-proBNP levels could be used to stratify the severity of CHF in children. METHODS AND RESULTS The study comprised 181 children(More)
BACKGROUND Velocity-encoded cine magnetic resonance imaging (VEC-MRI) has recently been reported as effective for assessing not only pulmonary blood flow (Qp) but also pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) in adults. However, there have been few reports on the usefulness of VEC-MRI for assessing PAP in children with congenital heart disease (CHD). METHODS AND(More)
Serum levels of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1), an antiangiogenic factor, and its binding protein, placental growth factor (PlGF), are altered in women with preeclampsia. Recently, the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio has been shown to predict acute coronary syndrome in adults. However, few reports have described the use of the sFlt-1/PlGF ratio for(More)
BACKGROUND Over the past few years, several drugs, each with a different mechanism, have been developed for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and are now prescribed in the clinical setting. While the optimal doses of these drugs in adults have been determined, the optimal dose in children, however, is unclear. The aim of this study was therefore,(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence of late liver complications such as fibrosis or cirrhosis has increased among patients who have undergone the Fontan procedure. Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) recently emerged as a technique to clinically evaluate liver fibrosis. However, few reports have described its use in evaluating liver fibrosis in children with(More)
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