Ryoko Morimoto-Ichikawa

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BACKGROUND Because the covariates of cardiovascular events in unoperated patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) have not been adequately evaluated, we aimed to identify them. METHODSANDRESULTS A total of 230 patients with asymptomatic severe AS were retrospectively enrolled. The patients were divided into 2 groups based on aortic valve(More)
BACKGROUND The development of clinical symptoms is associated with cardiovascular events in patients with aortic stenosis (AS). Thus, early diagnosis of AS is clinically important. However, there are few data on symptom status or the severity of AS when patients are first diagnosed, or on how AS is detected in routine practice. We aimed to investigate when(More)
BACKGROUND Although a cardioprotective effect of estrogen has been suggested by experimental studies, clinical data on the influence of estrogen on left ventricular (LV) diastolic function are sparse. The LV untwisting rate obtained by 2D speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) is correlated with the time constant of LV pressure decay (tau), and this(More)
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