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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)
For the absolute quantification of myocardial blood flow (MBF), Patlak plot-derived K1 need to be converted to MBF by using the relation between the extraction fraction of gadolinium contrast agent and MBF. This study was conducted to determine the relation between extraction fraction of Gd-DTPA and MBF in human heart at rest and during stress. Thirty-four(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine whether the presence of fatty liver is associated with an alteration in myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR). METHODS AND RESULTS A retrospective analysis of 65 asymptomatic subjects who underwent both plain abdominal computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and who had normal(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)
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)
Aneurysmal degeneration of a saphenous vein graft (SVG) is a rare, but potentially fatal complication of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. In this case report, a patient that had undergone prior CABG surgery and bare metal stent (BMS) implantation at the site of a stenotic SVG lesion presented at our hospital with chest pain, and an SVG aneurysm(More)
AIMS Quantitative analysis of rest-stress myocardial perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide assessments of regional myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR). The purpose of this study was to compare regional MPR determined by myocardial perfusion MRI with coronary flow reserve (CFR) by intracoronary Doppler flow wire. METHODS AND RESULTS Twenty(More)
BACKGROUND Diastolic dysfunction is common in patients with overt hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Steady-state cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) enables measurement of the diastolic function of the left ventricle (LV), and late gadolinium enhanced MRI can delineate the presence and extent of fibrosis in HCM. The purpose of this study was to determine(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)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether the detection of unrecognised myocardial infarction (MI) using late gadolinium-enhanced (LGE)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide prognostic information in diabetic patients with normal ECG as well as normal global and regional left ventricular (LV) function. METHODS From 449 diabetic patients who had complete(More)