Ryotaro Wake

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Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) play crucial roles in protecting hosts against invading microbes and in the pathogenesis of inflammatory tissue injury. Although PMN migrate into mucosal layers of digestive and respiratory tracts, only limited information is available of their fate and function in situ. We previously reported that, unlike circulating PMN(More)
BACKGROUND Although the measurement of coronary flow velocity (CFV) reserve (CFVR) in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography has been established, its success rate in the posterior descending coronary artery (PD) is still limited. OBJECTIVE This study reports the feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of(More)
Initial evaluation has begun of a system for displaying left ventricular time-activity curves, relating the intraventricular content of radioactivity with the cardiac cycle as determined by the patient's electrocardiogram. Major problems include proper positioning of the detector, correction for background radioactivity outside the ventricle and calibration(More)
Aldosterone is known to play a role in the pathophysiology of some cardiovascular diseases. However, previous studies on aldosterone infusion have been mostly performed in animals receiving sodium loading and uninephrectomy, and thus the cardiac action of aldosterone alone remains to be fully clarified. The present study was undertaken to investigate the(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in most developed countries. Gender-related differences have been found in the presentation, prevalence, and clinical outcomes of CAD in many studies. Compared to women, men present with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction more often and have a higher prevalence of CAD. These(More)
Although the application of intravenous contrast agents during stress echocardiography has been shown to improve diagnostic accuracy for detecting coronary artery disease, less information exists regarding its prognostic value. The aim of this study was to determine the role of contrast-enhanced dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) for predicting future(More)