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BACKGROUND The present study is designed to investigate the effect of structured home-based exercise (SHE) programs on maximal walking time (MWT), pain-free walking time (PFWT), and self-reported walking ability in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). METHODS We searched the databases including MEDLINE, EMBASE, ISI Web of Knowledge, and the(More)
BACKGROUND The better outcome achieved by endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) in ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) patients might derive from the fact that patients with hemodynamic instability preferentially underwent open repair. To further evaluate the effect of EVAR for rAAAs, a meta-analysis of studies in which hemodynamic instability was similar(More)
INTRODUCTION Nomograms are statistical predictive models that can provide the probability of a clinical event. Nomograms have better performance for the estimation of individual risks because of their increased accuracy and objectivity relative to physicians' personal experiences. Recently, a nomogram for predicting the likelihood that a thyroid nodule is(More)
BACKGROUND Drug-eluting balloon (DEB) and standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) are commonly used endovascular therapeutic procedures for the revascularization of infrapopliteal arterial occlusive disease. However, which procedure is more beneficial for patients is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a meta-analysis, searching PubMed,(More)
PURPOSE Carotid restenosis (CRS) after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is an issue that cannot be ignored. This study was undertaken to compare the outcomes of repeated CEA (redo CEA) and carotid artery stenting (CAS) for CRS after CEA. METHODS We performed a systematic analysis using the search terms "CEA restenosis," "carotid restenosis," or "CEA recurrent(More)
Increasing evidence suggests that microRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in impaired endothelial cell (EC) angiogenesis during aging. However, their exact roles in the aging process remain unclear. We aimed to determine whether miRNAs cause angiogenesis defects in ECs during aging and to uncover the underlying mechanisms. To study the miRNA-induced changes(More)
INTRODUCTION MicroRNAs play crucial roles in various types of diseases. However, to date, no information about the role of miR-497 in the development of atherosclerosis has been reported. This study investigated the possible role of miR-497 in vascular endothelial cell injury during the early stage of atherosclerosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS The expression(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and primary stenting are commonly used endovascular therapeutic procedures for the treatment of infrapopliteal arterial occlusive disease. However, which procedure is more beneficial for patients with infrapopliteal arterial occlusive disease is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a(More)
BACKGROUND Several prospective controlled trials have assessed the safety and efficacy of drug-coated balloon angioplasty (DCBA) versus standard balloon angioplasty (POBA) for femoropopliteal in-stent restenosis (ISR). We therefore performed a meta-analysis of prospective controlled trials to pool the results of these trials and obtain more reliable(More)
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