Tomoaki Natsukawa

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BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to investigate whether a distal protection (DP) device can preserve the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). METHODS AND RESULTS The study group of 36 consecutive patients(More)
In patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), coronary microvascular dysfunction is associated with poor prognosis. Coronary microvascular resistance is predominantly regulated by ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channels. The aim of this study wasto clarify(More)
BACKGROUND Appropriate patient selection is very important when initiating mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) for patients following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and the extent of unconsciousness at implementation must be defined in such cases. However, there are no clear standards regarding the level of unconsciousness at which MTH would be beneficial.(More)
Although neurological evaluation using the Glasgow Coma Scale motor score is mandatory for post-cardiac arrest patients, further study is required to determine if this score can be used as an indicator for mild therapeutic hypothermia. Although the current study conducted by Natsukawa et al. presents interesting data, there are some critical issues(More)
BACKGROUND Excess of visceral fat is a central factor in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and atherosclerosis. However, little is known about how much epicardial fat affects cardiometabolic disorders in comparison with visceral or subcutaneous fat.Methods and Results:Participants suspected as having angina pectoris underwent cardiac computed(More)
AIMS Adiponectin, an adipocyte-specific secretory protein, abundantly exists in the blood stream while its concentration paradoxically decreases in obesity. Hypoadiponectinemia is one of risks of cardiovascular diseases. However, impact of serum adiponectin concentration on acute ischemic myocardial damages has not been fully clarified. The present study(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of the Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) risk score in predicting in-hospital mortality and neurological outcome of patients resuscitated after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). METHODS We retrospectively analyzed the data of patients admitted to our hospital between October(More)
BACKGROUND Shockable initial cardiac rhythm is a key predictor of survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). However, not all patients with shockable OHCA achieve return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) via conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Therefore, we retrospectively analyzed patients with witnessed OHCA and shockable initial(More)
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