Masafumi Tatsukawa

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OBJECTIVES This study investigated the effect of reducing serum lipids on carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) in asymptomatic patients with hypercholesterolemia from Fukuoka, Japan. BACKGROUND Carotid atherosclerosis is a strong, independent predictor of morbidity and mortality in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS A total of(More)
Areas of Japan are known worldwide for the longevity of their residents. Okinawa has the highest longevity in Japan and a low rate of death due to cardiovascular disease. We investigated carotid atherosclerotic (CA) risk factors in islands of I city in Okinawa prefecture and compared them with K town, a suburban area of Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu, to(More)
To evaluate the influence of lifestyle modification with and without lipid-lowering drug therapy on the carotid arterial wall, we did a 2 year prospective ultrasound study of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in 1390 male and female residents of a suburban Japanese town. According to total cholesterol (TC) level at baseline, subjects were classified into(More)
To evaluate the association between Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) infection and carotid atherosclerosis (CA), we investigated CA assessed by carotid B-mode ultrasound and known or suspected atherosclerotic risk factors including C. pneumoniae IgG and IgA antibodies in 2410 residents (mean age 54.5+/-13.6 years, 697 men) of a suburban Japanese town.(More)
BACKGROUND A mildly modified LDL subfraction that is characterized by an increased negative charge exists in plasma. This electronegative LDL separated by ion-exchange chromatography has been shown to be inflammatory and its proportion is increased in patients with hyperlipidemia and diabetes mellitus. The present study examined the association between the(More)
To evaluate the effect of pravastatin on both lipid and glucose metabolism, twenty-two consecutive dyslipidemic patients treated with pravastatin at 10 mg/day for one year were enrolled in this study. The meal test, which consisted of 115 g of cookies (energy 560 kcal; glucose 75 g; protein 7 g; fat 24 g), was conducted before and after one year of(More)
To determine the prevalence and severity of carotid artery lesions and which risk factors might be responsible for atherosclerosis in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, we tested for carotid atherosclerosis (CA) by ultrasonography and compared the CA prevalence with well-known or suspected atherosclerotic risk factors in 226 hemodialysis (HD) patients(More)
An association has been demonstrated between Chlamydophila pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) infection and atherosclerosis, but data on the relationship between C. pneumoniae DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and antibodies to this organism are lacking. We investigated the C. pneumoniae DNA in PBMC by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and C.(More)
An elevated plasma level of homocysteine (Hcy) and infection by Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) have been suggested as independent risk factors for carotid atherosclerosis (CA) and coronary artery disease (CAD), but the mechanisms involved are unclear. We investigated the correlation between positivity for antibody to C. pneumonia (anti-C. pneumoniae)(More)
To investigate the association between Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) infection and atherosclerosis, we compared the effect of lipid-lowering drugs on carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) between patients who were positive and negative for C. pneumoniae antibodies. A total of 165 asymptomatic hypercholesterolemic patients were randomized to probucol(More)