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BACKGROUND Recent studies demonstrated that the "no reflow" phenomenon after coronary reflow implies the presence of advanced myocardial damage. In this study, we verified the prognostic value of the detection of this phenomenon by studying complications, left ventricular morphology, and in-hospital survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). (More)
In this study, transmitral flow velocity during the diastolic period was non-invasively measured to assess diastolic behavior of the left ventricle by pulsed Doppler flowmetry combined with electronic beam sector-scanning echocardiography. The velocity pattern was found to have 2 wave components: one appears in the early diastolic rapid filling phase (R(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated myocardial perfusion dynamics after thrombolysis and its clinical implications. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 39 patients with acute anterior myocardial infarction (AMI). Myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) was performed before and immediately after successful reflow with intracoronary injection of sonicated Ioxaglate.(More)
OBJECTIVE Although interest in diastolic heart failure is growing because of its clinical frequency, little is known about this type of heart failure. Our laboratory recently developed a diastolic heart failure model using Dahl salt-sensitive rat. In this model, gene expression of angiotensin-converting enzyme and endothelin (ET) system in the left(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed the acute effect of intracoronary injection of verapamil on microvascular function after primary percutaneous translumanal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) in relation to functional outcomes. BACKGROUND Recent clinical studies have documented the(More)
BACKGROUND Experimental and clinical evidence indicates that myocardial ischemia often damages the coronary microvasculature ("no-reflow" phenomenon). In this study, we examined the effect of this phenomenon on the coronary blood flow velocity pattern in patients with reperfused acute myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS We measured coronary blood(More)
OBJECTIVE There are two phenotypes of heart failure, systolic failure and isolated diastolic heart failure with preserved left ventricular systolic function. Although isolated diastolic heart failure frequently occurs, there are only models for diastolic dysfunction unassociated with heart failure and models with overt diastolic heart failure have not been(More)
Although previous optical coherence tomography (OCT) studies reported that restenosis tissue after implantation of a drug-eluting stent (DES) was composed of a variety of cells, the clinical significance of morphologic characteristics for in-stent neointimal tissue as assessed by OCT has not been clarified. We experienced a patient with stable angina who(More)
In 1990, takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) was first discovered and reported by a Japanese cardiovascular specialist. Since then, this heart disease has gained worldwide acceptance as an independent disease entity. TCM is an important entity that differs from acute myocardial infarction. It occurs more often in postmenopausal elderly women, is characterized by(More)
Hypertonic saline with furosemide has been proposed for a long time as an effective therapeutic option for the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). We previously reported the efficacy of continuous infusion of 1.7 % hypertonic saline plus low-dose furosemide in treatment for ADHF. Although this therapeutic strategy can be a useful option(More)