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Limited data exists on ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-STEMI (NSTEMI) managed by a well-organized cardiac care network in a metropolitan area. We analyzed the Tokyo CCU network database in 2009–2010. Of 4329 acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients including STEMI (n = 3202) and NSTEMI (n = 1127), percutaneous coronary(More)
BACKGROUND  Epidemiology and clinical management of acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) are not readily available in Japan. METHODS AND RESULTS  The Japan VTE Treatment Registry (JAVA) is a multicenter cohort study of consecutive patients with an objectively confirmed, symptomatic acute pulmonary embolism (PE), symptomatic acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT),(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular function is the main predictor of long-term survival in patients with coronary artery disease. In patients with impaired left ventricular function after myocardial infarction, end-systolic volume is a better predictor than the global ejection fraction. We analyzed long-term follow-up of patients with impaired left ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND Prasugrel is an antiplatelet agent that shows more prompt, potent, and consistent platelet inhibition than clopidogrel. The objective of this study was to confirm the efficacy and safety of prasugrel at loading/maintenance doses of 20/3.75 mg. METHODS AND RESULTS Japanese patients (n=1,363) with acute coronary syndrome undergoing percutaneous(More)
BACKGROUND Prasugrel is being developed in Japan as an antiplatelet therapy for use during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Up to 70% of Japanese patients with coronary artery disease undergo elective PCI. The PRASugrel For Japanese PatIenTs with Coronary Artery Diseases Undergoing Elective PCI (PRASFIT-Elective) study investigated the efficacy and(More)
A 65-year-old woman with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy presented with dyspnea. Transthoracic echocardiography showed severe mitral regurgitation (MR) due to systolic anterior motion and a peak gradient of 102 mmHg across the LV outflow. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) showed patchy late gadolinium enhancement in the hypertrophied septum.(More)
In a double-blind trial of streptokinase for acute myocardial infarction, 219 consecutive patients presenting with infarction within four hours (mean, 3.0 +/- 0.8) of the onset of chest pain were randomly assigned to treatment with streptokinase (1.5 million units) or placebo, given intravenously over 30 minutes. The primary end point of the study was left(More)
Coronary perforation is an undesirable complication during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We reviewed the cases of overt coronary perforation in our institute and analyzed their clinical backgrounds, the characteristics of the target lesion, management, and clinical outcomes. Between 1991 and 2005, we experienced 12 cases (0.35%) of coronary(More)
Atrial fibrillation is commonly observed in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Episodes of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation are often torturous and limit the quality of life by causing congestive heart failure, transient hypotension, or bradycardia. Control of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in patients with hypertrophic obstructive(More)
Postsystolic shortening and thickening of ischemic and postischemic myocardium are well-recognized phenomena, but their significance is controversial. To discover whether postsystolic shortening and thickening might represent an active process and to establish their place as possible predictors of functional recovery during and after recovery from ischemia,(More)