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PURPOSE To distinguish focal fibrotic and non-fibrotic lesions in left-ventricular myocardium (LVM) in hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy (HCM)-subjects, we compared myocardial regional peak-strain values using two-dimensional speckle-tracking transthoracic-echocardiography (TTE) in multislice computed-tomography (CT)-detected fibrotic, non-fibrotic and normal(More)
A systematic 20-year follow-up study of 1,221 diabetic patients was carried out in Osaka, Japan. The mean annual mortality rates were 2.55% for men and 1.64% for women. The ratios of observed to expected numbers of deaths were 1.50 for men and 1.39 for women, indicating an excess mortality for diabetic patients of both sexes, and higher mortality in men(More)
An excessive glucagon secretion to intravenous arginine infusion was found in obese hyperinsulinaemic patients with glucose intolerance. This study was designed to determine whether the glucagon hyperresponsiveness to arginine in these patients would improve by insulin infused at a high enough dose to overcome insulin resistance. By infusing high dose(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of 320-slice CT for detection of significant coronary artery stenosis in patients with various heart rates (HR) and heart rhythms, including tachycardia and chronic atrial-fibrillation (CAF) compared with conventional-coronary-angiography (CAG). MATERIALS AND METHODS One-hundred-six consecutive patients(More)
PURPOSE We frequently observe fat replacement (FR) of the anterior wall of the right ventricular myocardium (RVM), but its epidemiological significance is not clear. METHODS AND MATERIALS 49 consecutive subjects (28 males, 36-83 years old, median 67) underwent enhanced ECG-gated multislice CT (Light speed ultra 16, General Electrics, WI) and we(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate efficacy and reproducibility of 320-slice computed tomography (CT) for measuring left atrial (LA) maximum (LAVmax) and minimum volume (LAVmin) during the cardiac cycle, we compared CT with three- and two-dimensional (3D and 2D) transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). MATERIALS AND METHODS LAVmax and LAVmin (ml), and LA ejection fraction(More)
In pancreatic alpha cells, the existence and function of the insulin receptor has not yet been fully established. In this study, to confirm the expression of functional insulin receptors in pancreatic alpha cells, we performed: 1) insulin receptor binding assay, 2) Northern blot analysis and RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction)(More)