Tairo Kurita

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BACKGROUND Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) is a novel, high resolution intravascular imaging modality. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a widely used conventional imaging modality for achieving optimal stent deployment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of FD-OCT guidance for coronary stent implantation compared with(More)
BACKGROUND Although in-stent restenosis (ISR) after bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation peaks in the early phase, very late (VL) ISR occasionally is observed beyond a few years after BMS implantation. To date, this mechanism has not been fully clarified. METHODS AND RESULTS We compared the morphological characteristics of VL-ISR (>5 years, without(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the prevalence and signal intensity (SI) characteristics of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC). METHODS AND RESULTS Cine, black-blood T2-weighted and LGE MR images were acquired in 23 patients with TC within 72 h of onset. Wall motion abnormality (WMA), edema and(More)
OBJECTIVE In experimental animal models and human autopsy studies, hemorrhagic infarction caused by microvascular injury has been detected after coronary reperfusion. The purpose of this study was to determine whether detection of myocardial edema with T2-weighted MRI is influenced by the presence of microvascular obstruction. SUBJECTS AND METHODS(More)
An exaggerated increase in systolic blood pressure prolongs myocardial relaxation and increases left ventricular (LV) chamber stiffness, resulting in an increase in LV filling pressure. We hypothesize that patients with a marked hypertensive response to exercise (HRE) have LV diastolic dysfunction leading to exercise intolerance, even in the absence of(More)
AIMS Restenosis of drug-eluting stents (DESs) might be different from that of bare metal stent restenosis in diverse ways including mechanisms and time course; however, these have not been fully examined. To gain insight into the mechanisms and time course of DES restenosis, we evaluated the characteristics of restenotic lesions of first generation DES(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine whether whole-heart coronary magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) can predict cardiac events in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. BACKGROUND Recent studies demonstrated that the presence of stenosis on coronary computed tomography angiography has a significant prognostic impact on the prediction of(More)
A 52-year-old woman with fulminant myocarditis had completed left bundle branch block (LBBB) and severely impaired left ventricular (LV) function. Marked mechanical dyssynchrony with septal-to-posterior delay of 389 ms was observed by echocardiographic speckle tracking radial strain imaging on admission, which was dramatically improved to 106 ms after total(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether the presence of myocardial infarction (MI) detected with late gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is an independent predictor of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) in patients with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and those with overt diabetes mellitus (DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board(More)