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OBJECTIVE The two-dimensional speckle tracking (2DT) method is based on the measurements of strain on two-dimensional (2D) images, ignoring actual three-dimensional (3D) myocardial movements. We sought to investigate the feasibility of the newly developed three-dimensional speckle tracking (3DT) method to assess longitudinal, circumferential, and radial(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated the relationship between coronary plaque components and small embolic particles during stenting and examined the influence on the coronary microcirculation. BACKGROUND In vivo tissue characterization of atherosclerotic plaques was introduced by the Virtual Histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) system (Volcano(More)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to identify coronary arterial plaque diagnosed by histologic examination. We examined 166 sections from 108 coronary arterial segments of 40 consecutive human cadavers (24 men and 16 women; mean age 74 +/- 7 years). The plaque type was classified as fibrous (n = 43),(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical impact of stent edge dissection, tissue protrusion, and incomplete stent apposition (ISA) after stent implantation, detectable only on optical coherence tomography (OCT), is still unknown because the natural course has not been investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS All consecutive patients with angina pectoris in whom both(More)
Portopulmonary hypertension (PPHTN) is pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with portal hypertension. It is a common condition among liver transplantation candidates; however, its association with congenital absence of the portal vein (CAPV) has not yet been established. CAPV is a very rare developmental anomaly, which is usually accompanied by(More)
We analyzed optical coherence tomographic (OCT) characteristics of different types of coronary thrombi that had been confirmed at postmortem histologic examination. We examined 108 coronary arterial segments of 40 consecutive human cadavers. OCT images of red and white thrombi were obtained and the intensity property of these thrombi was analyzed. Red and(More)
BACKGROUND The precise mechanism of takotsubo-like left ventricular (LV) dysfunction remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Eight consecutive patients with takotsubo-like LV dysfunction were studied. In the acute phase and 3 weeks later, the coronary flow velocity spectrum and coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) were recorded by Doppler guidewire. The(More)
BACKGROUND Identification of the fibrous cap is important because its thickness is a major determinant of plaque vulnerability in lipid-rich plaque. Thus, a high-resolution imaging technique may be a promising method for the identification of the fibrous cap within lipid-rich plaque. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using(More)
We sought to investigate the 3-dimensional geometric differences of mitral leaflet tenting in ischemic mitral regurgitation, comparing inferior and anterior myocardial infarction (MI). Using real-time 3-dimensional echocardiography, we obtained transthoracic volumetric images for patients with significant ischemic mitral regurgitation (9 inferior and 7(More)