Masami Nishino

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BACKGROUND Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are effective in the secondary prevention of ischemic heart disease, but they do not reduce the rate of restenosis. Vascular ACE activity in the culprit coronary lesions of these patients, however, has never been quantified. METHODS AND RESULTS We measured the ACE activity of vascular tissue(More)
OBJECTIVE Silent brain infarction is fairly common in the elderly, but predictive factors have not been definitively established. This study focuses attention on ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular risk factors about the frequency of silent brain infarction. DESIGN The existence of silent brain infarction, the extent of coronary artery stenosis,(More)
BACKGROUND It remains controversial whether restrictive mitral annuloplasty (RMA) for functional mitral regurgitation (MR) can induce functional mitral stenosis (MS) that may cause postoperative residual pulmonary hypertension (PH). METHODS AND RESULTS One hundred eight patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and severe MR underwent RMA with(More)
OBJECTIVES Chromosome 9p21 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) is a susceptibility variant for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the primary prevention setting. However, it is controversial whether this SNP is also associated with recurrent myocardial infarction (ReMI) in the secondary prevention setting. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the short-term and long-term prognostic impacts of acute phase coronary collaterals to occluded infarct-related arteries (IRA) after ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) era. DESIGN A prospective observational study. SETTING Osaka Acute Coronary Insufficiency Study (OACIS) in(More)
An 84-year-old male received oral pilsicainide, a pure sodium channel blocker with slow recovery kinetics, to convert his paroxysmal atrial fibrillation to a sinus rhythm; the patient developed sudden cardiac death two days later. The Holter electrocardiogram, which was worn by chance, revealed torsade de pointes with gradually prolonged QT intervals. This(More)
A Valsalva aneurysm filled with thrombi can be difficult to diagnose, because it mimics a cardiac tumor. Both cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) were performed on a patient who showed a low-echoic mass located between the atrial septum and the non-coronary sinus. Based on MRI findings allowing tissue(More)
A 4 month old female infant with atypical asymmetrical massive gray matter heterotopia diagnosed as West syndrome is described. Her seizure initially appeared as afebrile general tonic and clonic convulsion and progressed to typical West syndrome consisting of clusters of myoclonic spasms of the extremities, mainly on the left side, accompanied by head and(More)
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