Toru Kataoka

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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether concentrations of plasma adiponectin constitute a significant coronary risk factor, with particular focus on the relation between plasma concentrations of adiponectin and the development of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). SUBJECTS AND METHODS Plasma concentrations of adiponectin were measured in 123 patients with coronary(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to clarify whether pioglitazone suppresses in-stent neointimal proliferation and reduces restenosis and target lesion revascularization (TLR) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Previous single-center studies have demonstrated the anti-restenotic effect of a peroxisome proliferator-activated(More)
BACKGROUND Myocardial fractional flow reserve (FFR) is useful in the evaluation of coronary lesion ischemia. However, the impact of lesion length on FFR has not been adequately assessed. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that lesion length would influence functional significance in intermediate coronary lesions. METHODS FFR measurements were assessed in 136(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to investigate the mechanism of geometric changes after main branch (MB) stent implantation and to identify the predictors of functionally significant "jailed" side branch (SB) lesions. METHODS AND RESULTS Seventy-seven patients with bifurcation lesions were prospectively enrolled from 8 centers. MB intravascular ultrasound was(More)
A low ratio of eicosapentaenoic acid to arachidonic acid (EPA/AA) has been demonstrated to be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is useful for the assessment of coronary plaque vulnerability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between EPA/AA ratio and coronary plaque(More)
Drug-eluting stents reduce restenosis due to neointimal growth suppression. Considering long-term outcomes, it is both difficult and important to predict drug-eluting stent restenosis. Thus, this study was designed to examine the utility of myocardial fractional flow reserve (FFR) as a predictor of sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) restenosis. Thirty-three(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the influence of vessel wall calcium on neointimal hyperplasia (NIH) following bare metal stent (BMS) and drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. BACKGROUND While procedural complications with coronary stenting in calcified lesions are well reported, little is known about subsequent NIH on plaque calcium following either BMS or DES(More)
AIMS Many investigators have speculated that hyperintense plaques (HIPs) of the carotid artery on non-contrast T1-weighted imaging (T1WI) in magnetic resonance indicate the presence of mural or intraplaque haemorrhage containing methemoglobin. Coronary plaque imaging with T1WI is challenging, and the clinical significance of coronary HIP on T1WI remains(More)
BACKGROUND Previous intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) studies have shown that calcification can be quantified by the determination of the arc on one cross-section. However, because calcium levels change along the length of lesions, it is important to assess the length of calcium using serial cross-sectional images. The correlation between the largest arc and(More)
Recent epidemiologic, pathologic, and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) studies have shown that there are differences in coronary risk factors or plaque morphology between younger and older patients with acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs). This study examined clinical background and plaque morphology using IVUS in younger and older adults with AMIs in Japan.(More)