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OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) according to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in survivors of myocardial infarction (MI) in the primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) era. DESIGN A multicentre observational prospective registered cohort study. SETTING 18 medical centres in Japan. PATIENTS 4122(More)
BACKGROUND Primed blood might have some deleterious effects on neonates during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) due to unbalanced electrolytes and inflammatory mediators. We hemofiltrated pump-primed blood before CPB to reduce inflammatory mediators and to adjust pH and the concentrations of electrolytes. The current study investigated the effects of(More)
Thrombosis is a very rare complication of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. We report the case of a previously healthy nine-year-old boy with cardiac thrombus in the right ventricle associated with M. pneumoniae pneumonia. This cardiac thrombus was detected eight days after the onset of respiratory symptoms. The mechanism underlying thrombosis may be related(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the efficacy of low-dose nitric oxide (NO). The study used fifteen consecutive Japanese preoperative patients (7 males and 8 females) with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hyptertension (mean pulmonary arterial pressure >30 mmHg), 6 of these patients had Down's syndrome. Hemodynamic measurements were(More)
Open heart surgery for infants with low body weight (BW) remains still a challenge. Pulmonary artery banding (PAB) is a useful surgical palliation for small neonates and early infants with excessive pulmonary blood flow who are unable to withstand a heart surgery. This study retrospectively reviewed neonates and infants who underwent PAB to assess the(More)
Tests for DM using the 75 g OGTT method (NDDG diagnostic criteria) were performed on 3145 persons living in rural areas of 8 different geographical regions of Japan (from Tohoku to Kyushu regions). Considerable regional difference was observed with western Japan tending to have higher DM and IGT rates than eastern Japan. The DM and IGT prevalence rates (for(More)
In coronary insufficiency produced by Kawasaki disease, myocardial revascularization using saphenous vein, internal mammary arteries, and a combination of both grafts has been performed with considerable success. Recently, we successfully used a right gastroepiploic artery as another conduit in coronary revascularization of a 6-year-old boy with Kawasaki(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to quantify myocardial strain on the subendocardial and epicardial layers of the left ventricle (LV) using tagged cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and to investigate the transmural degree of contractile impairment in the chronic ischemic myocardium. METHODS 3T tagged CMR was performed at rest in 12 patients(More)
A 50-year-old man presented with an abdominal bulge 2 years after receiving a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt for hydrocephalus. Chest radiography revealed that the peritoneal end of the catheter had migrated into the right pulmonary artery. Exploration through a small neck incision revealed that the shunt catheter had entered the internal jugular vein. The(More)