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BACKGROUND Although many studies on Brugada syndrome have been done, with many reports of genetic findings and clinical features, little evidence exists to support the role of this syndrome in sudden cardiac death in a juvenile population. We sought to determine the prevalence and clinical course in children exhibiting Brugada-type ECG in a community-based(More)
BACKGROUND The no-reflow phenomenon is associated with poor functional and clinical outcomes for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In the era of primary intervention, accurately identifying lesions at high risk of no reflow is of crucial importance. At present, no study into the relationship between lesion morphology and no reflow has been(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to investigate the relationship between multiple plaque ruptures, C-reactive protein (CRP), and clinical prognosis in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Several studies have demonstrated that ruptured or vulnerable plaques exist not only at the culprit lesion but also in the whole coronary artery in some acute(More)
OBJECTIVE It has been reported that women with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have a higher short-term mortality rate than men, but the reason is not known. The profile in relation to age, gender and risk factors was evaluated to compare AMI and unstable angina pectoris (UAP). METHODS Findings from 984 patients including 580 patients with AMI (129(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate how decreased plaque volume during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) affects coronary flow in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Coronary flow after reperfusion therapy is a major determinant of clinical outcomes in patients with AMI. However, little is still known about the(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are important for resorption of extracellular matrixes and may degrade the fibrous cap of an atherosclerotic plaque, thus contributing to coronary plaque rupture. Histologic studies have shown MMP expression in lesions of acute coronary syndrome. In this study, we evaluated the relation between plaque morphology as obtained(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between circulating monocytes and in-stent neointimal volume at six-month follow-up. BACKGROUND In-stent neointimal hyperplasia is the main contributing factor to in-stent restenosis. There is increasing evidence that white blood cells (WBCs), especially monocytes, play a central role in(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated serum C-reactive protein (CRP) is of clinical significance in the management of acute coronary syndromes, but there have been few in vivo studies detailing the relation between lesion morphology and elevated CRP in the setting of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). In this study, we investigated the relation between lesion morphology as(More)
Studies have reported a circadian variation in the onset of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Pathologic studies have revealed that plaque rupture is 1 of the major causes of AMI, but none of these has looked specifically at the circadian variation of plaque rupture. The aim of this study was to use intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to investigate the(More)
BACKGROUND Oolong tea has been studied for its effect on cardiovascular disease and obesity. Plasma adiponectin levels are reduced in obesity, in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and in coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVE To investigate prospectively, whether intake of Oolong tea influences plasma adiponectin levels, low-density lipoprotein(More)