Sang-Hyun Ihm

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BACKGROUND Limited availability of noninvasive and biologically precise diagnostic tools poses a challenge for the evaluation and management of patients with myocarditis. METHODS AND RESULTS The feasibility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with magneto-fluorescent nanoparticles (MNPs) for detection of myocarditis and its effectiveness in(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated prevalence and severity of angiographic coronary artery disease (CAD) according to groups by metabolically obese (MO) and/or weight status. MATERIAL/METHODS Normal weight was defined as body mass index (BMI, kg/m²)<25 and obesity was defined as BMI≥25. The MO was determined using the National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult(More)
Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) play a key role in diabetic myocardial fibrosis, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) activation has been reported to reduce RAGE and CTGF expression. This study investigated the effects of the PPAR-γ agonist, rosiglitazone, on myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary spasm seems to be associated with coronary nitric oxide deficiency. OBJECTIVES We investigated whether the Glu298Asp polymorphism in the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene is a definite risk factor for coronary spasm and whether diffuse spasm involving normal-looking coronary artery correlates significantly with the(More)
The association between systemic inflammation and the estimated 10-year risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) according to the Framingham risk score is largely unknown. In this study, 6,371 participants in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) aged 40 to 79 years, who had no histories of heart attack, stroke, peripheral(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial fibrosis is a feature of diastolic dysfunction and target organ damage, which was compared among subjects with normotension (NT), white-coat hypertension (WCH) and essential hypertension (EH). Serum procollagen type I propeptide (PIP) level was assessed as a marker of diastolic dysfunction in WCH. METHODS AND RESULTS Of 90 subjects,(More)
BACKGROUND The collateral growth (arteriogenesis) of an individual may vary from complete to absent during the early phase of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, the mechanisms underlying the large differences in the extent and adequacy of collateralization remain unclear. We hypothesized that shear stress-induced activation of monocyte(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) has been known as an important predictor of prognosis of cardiovascular disease. Carboxy-terminal propeptide of procollagen type I (PIP) is related with myocardial fibrosis. We sought to analyze the differences in the characteristics of LVH, myocardial fibrosis, and LV functions among hypertension (HBP),(More)
Smoking is associated with increased plasma homocysteine levels, and both are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, little information is available on the effects of passive smoking on the level of homocysteine in nonsmokers. We analyzed the data of self-reported never-smokers (aged > or = 20 years, n = 3,232), who were from(More)
The response to erythropoietin (EPO) treatment varies considerably in individual patients on chronic hemodialysis. The EPO resistance index (ERI) has been considered useful to assess the EPO resistance and can be easily calculated in the clinic. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between ERI and left ventricular mass (LVM) and function(More)