Kunihiko Tsuchiya

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BACKGROUND The purpose of the present study was to define whether integrated backscatter (IB) combined with conventional intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) makes tissue characterization of coronary arterial plaques possible. METHODS AND RESULTS IB-IVUS was performed in coronary arteries (total 18 segments) of 9 patients at autopsy, and the findings were(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of the present study was twofold: 1) to evaluate the usefulness of three-dimensional (3D) integrated backscatter (IB) intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) for quantitative tissue characterization of coronary plaques; and 2) to use this imaging technique to determine if six months of statin therapy alters the tissue characteristics of(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aims to define tissue characteristics of vulnerable plaques before acute coronary syndrome (ACS) by use of integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound (IB-IVUS). BACKGROUND Tissue characterization of coronary plaques is possible with the use of IB-IVUS. METHODS The subjects were 140 patients with angina pectoris, and we(More)
AIMS To assess the involvement of sleep apnoea in nocturnal sudden cardiac death (SCD) by evaluating cardiac electrical instability using T-wave alternans (TWA), a risk marker for lethal cardiac arrhythmias, and severity of sleep apnoea in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 40 CHF patients simultaneously underwent(More)
A 75-year-old man without overt heart failure showed an abnormally high level of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in plasma: 600 pg/ml. The left ventricular endomyocardial biopsy revealed prominent vacuolar degeneration in the myocytes, most of which were positive for PAS stain and BNP immunoreaction. Ultrastructurally, degenerative changes of myocytes were(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine whether treatment with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), which mobilizes endothelial progenitor cells from bone marrow, can safely improve the clinical outcomes of patients with atherosclerotic peripheral artery disease (PAD). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-nine patients with intractable PAD(More)
During early apoptosis, adult cardiomyocytes show unusual beating, suggesting possible participation of abnormal Ca(2+) transients in initiation of apoptotic processes in this cell type. Simultaneously with the beating, these cells show dynamic structural alteration resulting from cytoskeletal disintegration that is quite rapid. Because of the specialized(More)
BACKGROUND Autopsy studies have shown atherosclerotic changes in angiographically normal coronary lesions (ANCL), and conventional intravascular ultrasound shows intimal thickening in these lesions, but cannot differentiate the lipid core. Accurate characterization of ANCL is essential to prevent progression to coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Echocardiographic parameters to predict pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) in mitral regurgitation (MR) are not yet elucidated. We reported that PCWP could be accurately estimated by novel KT index which is defined as log10[left atrial (LA) emptying function (EF)/LA volume]. We examined the usefulness of the KT index as a predictor of PCWP(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with left atrial (LA) remodeling caused by pressure and/or volume (LAV) overload. Increased pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) represents LA pressure overload. We recently reported that pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (ePCWP) can be estimated by the kinetics-tracking (KT) index that combines LA(More)