Takashi Furuno

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Heart failure is common in the elderly population. Approximately 6 to 10 percent of the population 65 years or older have heart failure. Heart failure is the most common reason for hospitalization in elderly patients. Etiology of heart failure is often multifactorial in the elderly. The common causes of heart failure include ischemic heart disease, valvular(More)
BACKGROUND Because infiltrative cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) share clinical and hemodynamic features of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and abnormal diastolic function, it is often difficult to distinguish these entities. METHODS We investigated the potential role of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) for(More)
sneeze reflex has two phases. Direct stimulation of nociceptive cholinergic afferent type C neurons of the trigeminal nerve that relay to the ventromedial spinal tri-geminal tract and the adjacent pontine-medullary reticular formation to reach the sneeze-evoking center in the rostral medulla initiates the nasal phase. The respiratory phase begins once(More)
BACKGROUND In addition to exerting a blood pressure (BP)-lowering effect, telmisartan produces favorable metabolic effects via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ activation. While a combination of telmisartan and a calcium channel blocker is often used to achieve a target BP level, the metabolic effects of this drug combination remain unclear.(More)
BACKGROUND Several morphologic distinctions between elderly and young patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have been reported. In particular, a crescent-shaped left ventricular (LV) cavity with reversed septal curvature, which is often seen in young patients, is rare in elderly patients. However, those studies were carried out before gene testing(More)
Palmitoyl-CoA (Pal-CoA) lowered the respiratory control ratio (RCR), and induced mitochondrial membrane permeability transition (MPT) and cytochrome c (Cyt. c) release from isolated rat liver mitochondria. L-Carnitine suppressed the Pal-CoA-induced dysfunction, MPT, and Cyt. c release of isolated mitochondria. This suppression was inhibited by(More)
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