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AIMS Most of recurrent atrial tachyarrhythmias after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation (AF) are due to reconnection of PVs. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether elimination of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-induced dormant PV conduction by additional energy applications during the first ablation procedure could reduce the(More)
Placental growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor increase angiogenesis and promote healing after acute myocardial infarction (MI), but the significance of soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), an antagonist of placental growth factor and vascular endothelial growth factor, in the setting of acute MI has not been elucidated. The(More)
BACKGROUND Late stent thrombosis related to delayed neointimal growth is a major concern after drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. The time course of neointimal growth and risk factors of uncovered stent struts after sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) was studied using optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS AND RESULTS The 60 patients were enrolled and(More)
AIMS Substantial portion of early arrhythmia recurrence after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is considered to be due to irritability in left atrium (LA) from the ablation procedure. We sought to evaluate whether 90-day use of antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) following AF ablation could reduce the incidence of early arrhythmia recurrence and thereby(More)
Coronary artery disease and cardiac morphology and function were evaluated in 51 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), without typical chest pain, using cardiac computed tomography (CT). This study investigated the prevalence of coronary artery disease, the indicators of obstructive coronary stenosis, and the magnitude of left ventricular (LV)(More)
BACKGROUND Renal dysfunction is commonly accompanied by a worsening of atherosclerosis; however, the underlying molecular mechanism is not fully understood. We examined the role played by soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), an endogenous antagonist of the proatherogenic cytokine placental growth factor (PlGF), in the worsening of atherosclerosis in(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the predictive values of placental growth factor (PlGF) and its endogenous antagonist, soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1), for the long-term prognosis of patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). Both PlGF and sFlt-1 play important roles in the pathological mechanisms of atherosclerosis. We recently demonstrated(More)
A 68-year-old man taking aspirin and warfarin for ectatic right coronary artery complained of chest pain and was admitted to our hospital with acute myocardial infarction. He had discontinued taking warfarin due to nail bleeding for a month. Coronary angiography revealed total occlusion at segment 3 of the ectatic right coronary artery with massive(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical studies using invasive modalities have reported that statin therapy stabilizes coronary plaque vulnerability. The serial changes of lipid-rich coronary plaques (LRCPs) during rosuvastatin treatment were evaluated non-invasively in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) using dual-source computed tomography (DSCT). METHODS AND(More)
BACKGROUND Dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) has enabled us to non-invasively visualize coronary artery stenosis, but its ability to characterize coronary atherosclerotic plaques (ASPs) has not been evaluated. Intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides tissue images of coronary artery wall that are validated by pathohistological studies.(More)