Tomofumi Mizuno

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Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) has various morphological and clinical features. A decade has passed since the previous survey of the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of Japanese HCM patients. The Aichi Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (AHC) Registry is based on a prospective multicenter observational study of HCM patients. The clinical(More)
 Nitroglycerin-mediated vasorelaxation is chiefly attributed to the cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-dependent pathway, and partly to the cGMP-independent pathway via calcium-activated K+ channels (KCa). To investigate whether chronic hypertension alters responses of vascular smooth muscle to vasoactive agonists, we determined nitroglycerin-mediated(More)
People with a predominance of small, dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particles appear to be at increased risk for coronary disease, independent of LDL cholesterol levels. The Trp64Arg variant of the beta3-adrenergic receptor gene is reported to be associated with abdominal obesity and resistance to insulin, and as a consequence, this variant may be a(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to address the association of lipid profiles with periprocedural myocardial infarction (pMI) after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS AND RESULTS Of the 302 consecutive patients who received elective PCI at the Chubu Rosai Hospital, Nagoya, Japan between June 2009 and December 2010, data from 231(More)
A 34-year-old woman who had been using oral contraceptives for 10 years developed hypertensive crisis with papilloedema after an upper respiratory infection. Laboratory data showed hyperreninemic hyperaldosteronism and elevated levels of fibrinogen, fibrin, and fibrinogen degradation products. Echocardiography demonstrated two masses (18 mm) in the left(More)
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a useful modality to assess the functional significance of coronary stenoses. Although adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is generally used as the hyperemic stimulus, we sometimes encounter adverse events like hypotension during FFR measurement. Nicorandil, an ATP-sensitive potassium channel opener, recognized as an epicardial and(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have supported the association between a predominance of small, dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and the risk of coronary artery disease. As another potentially atherogenic factor, impaired fibrinolytic activity due to increased plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) concentrations has been shown. In addition, the 4G allele(More)
BACKGROUND There is no echocardiographic predictor of the effectiveness of tolvaptan in patients with heart failure (HF). The aim of this study was to investigate the echocardiographic predictor of responders to tolvaptan in patients with HF. METHODS This observational study consisted of 62 consecutive in-hospital patients with HF who received tolvaptan(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial dysfunction is regarded as an early feature of atherosclerosis. Both LDL oxidation and insulin resistance play important roles in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Recent studies have demonstrated a significant association between oxidized LDL and insulin resistance. METHODS We investigated relationships between insulin(More)