Shih-Jung Jang

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BACKGROUND The progression of atherosclerosis leads to increased arterial stiffness. The present study used brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) to evaluate the connection between arterial stiffness in patients with chest pain and the presence and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS On a retrospective basis, we analyzed the data of 703(More)
BACKGROUND People with metabolic syndrome (MS) are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease-associated morbidity and all-cause mortality. However, predicting the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) according to different MS definitions is controversial. This study explores the prevalence and severity of CAD according to different MS definitions,(More)
PURPOSE To compare the safety, efficacy, and clinical outcomes associated with the controlled antegrade retrograde subintimal tracking (CART) or reverse CART (r-CART) technique to the conventional retrograde approach in the treatment of patients with long infrainguinal occlusions. METHODS From May 2008 to April 2014, 121 patients failed antegrade(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical outcomes of the drug-coated balloon (DCB) procedure in high-risk patients with femoropopliteal (FP) disease have not been investigated sufficiently. METHODS This retrospective, single-center study analyzed 87 patients (39% dialysis) and 97 affected legs (64% critical limb ischemia [CLI]) that underwent DCB for symptomatic FP disease(More)
BACKGROUND Activin A levels increase in a variety of heart diseases including ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). The aim of this study is to investigate whether the level of activin A can be beneficial in predicting left ventricular remodeling, heart failure, and death in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS We(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the clinical outcomes of endovascular therapy (EVT) in octogenarians and nonoctogenarians with peripheral arterial disease. METHODS A retrospective analysis of 511 patients (654 affected legs) who underwent EVT between July 2005 and December 2013 was conducted in a prospectively maintained database. Immediate results and long-term(More)
Background: Previous studies reported that patients who had an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have found that measuring B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) during the subacute phase of left ventricular (LV) remodeling can predict the possible course of LV remodeling. This study assessed the use of serial BNP serum levels combined with early creatine(More)
INTRODUCTION Limited data are available on coronary lesion morphology for patients with false-negative radionuclide findings together with typical angina symptoms. METHODS The study group consisted of 25 subjects with a negative pharmacological thallium (Tl)-201 single-photon emission computed tomography perfusion imaging study but typical angina symptoms(More)
BACKGROUND Although the acute effect of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) therapy had been documented for patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD), its efficacy in improving quality of life (QOL), especially for those with infrapopliteal diffuse lesions, remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-one patients with(More)
BACKGROUND To compare the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing repeated drug-coated balloon (DCB) treatment for femoropopliteal (FP) DCB restenosis with those of patients without repetition-DCB.Methods and Results:From March 2013 to September 2014, 102 patients (118 affected legs) underwent DCB for symptomatic FP disease; 47 patients had restenosis, and(More)
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