Takaaki Shiono

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BACKGROUND Although drug-eluting stents dramatically reduce revascularization after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), it is still unclear whether they increase the risk of stent thrombosis. Late stent thrombosis (>30 days) was a very rare complication after bare metal stent implantation. Four cases of confirmed late angiographic stent thrombosis(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using a guiding catheter with small diameters may have a favorable impact on vascular access complications and patient morbidity. Here, we report the initial results of PCI using a 4-Fr coronary accessor. METHODS A total of 31 patients underwent 4-Fr PCI. Exclusion criteria for 4-Fr PCI were (1) lesions(More)
To identify predictive factors of local recurrence possible to use as criteria for preoperative radiotherapy, we reviewed the CT scans of 51 patients undergoing curative resection for rectal cancer. Seven patients developed local recurrence. The presence of the CT images of spicular structures or a fibrous soft tissue layer around the rectum was related to(More)
OBJECTIVE To obtain imaging evidence by 2-week optical coherence tomography (OCT) on the completion of neointimal coverage (NIC; the percentage of stent strut coverage and thickness of the formed neointima) completion after implantation of the Endeavor zotarolimus-eluting stent (E-ZES). BACKGROUND Despite the fact that NIC is a cardinal process in the(More)
The objectives of this study was to test the feasibility and safety of transradial coronary intervention (TRI) in Japanese patients. We compared the results of TRI in 1,791 lesions (1,360 patients) between November 1995 and December 1997 with those of transfemoral coronary intervention (TFI) in 966 lesions (793 patients) between April and October 1995. We(More)
Genetic responses that characterize experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) have not yet been determined. To investigate gene expression in the myocardium of EAM, absolute copy numbers of 44 mRNA species [calcium-handling proteins, contractile proteins, natriuretic peptides (NPs), cytokines, chemokines, growth factors, renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAA)(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that thiazolidinediones reduce neointimal hyperplasia after bare metal stent (BMS) implantation, but this drug group sometimes cause fluid retention that may lead to heart failure. OBJECTIVES To examine the safety and efficacy of pioglitazone in patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with(More)
A 6 Fr guiding catheter is commonly used in the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, one of the limitations of the 6 Fr guiding catheter is its weak backup support compared to a 7 or an 8 Fr guiding catheter. In this article, we present a new system for PCI called the five-in-six system. Between March 2003 and September 2003, this system was(More)
Autoimmune myocardial injuries are involved in the pathogenesis of myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy, but effective strategies for treating myocardial inflammation have not yet been established. The present study investigated the effects of suramin, a growth factor blocker, on experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) in rats. Lewis rats were immunized(More)