Toshihiko Yamamoto

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BACKGROUND Close monitoring of intraoperative activated clotting time (ACT) is crucial to prevent complications during the periprocedural period of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. However, little is known about the ACT in patients receiving new oral anticoagulant agents (NOACs). OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate change in the ACT(More)
INTRODUCTION Apixaban, a factor Xa (FXa) inhibitor, is a new oral anticoagulant for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). However, little is known about its efficacy and safety as a periprocedural anticoagulant therapy for patients who had undergone catheter ablation (CA) for AF. METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated 342 consecutive patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors were recently reported to have cardioprotective effects via amelioration of ventricular function. However, the role of DPP-4 inhibition in atrial remodeling, especially of the arrhythmogenic substrate, remains unclear. OBJECTIVE We investigated the effects of a DPP-4 inhibitor, alogliptin, on atrial(More)
BACKGROUND The cysteine protease cathepsin K (CatK) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. We sought to determine the link between atrial fibrillation (AF) and plasma CatK levels and to investigate the expression of and therapeutic target for CatK in vivo and in vitro. METHODS AND RESULTS Plasma CatK and extracellular matrix(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, there has been a series of recalls of popular implantable cardioverter defibrillators leads, and several reports have demonstrated an increasing rate of failure of such leads over time in Caucasian patients. However, little is known about the performance of these leads in Asian patients. The aim of this study was to investigate(More)
There is consensus problem as an important characteristic for coordinated control problem in collective behavior, the interaction between agents and factors. Consensus problem is closely related to the complex networks. Recently, many studies are being considered in the complex network structure, the question what network is the most suitable to the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with greater improvement of cardiac function after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) implantation are identified as "super-responders." However, it remains unclear which kind of preimplant assessments could accurately predict outcomes after CRT. Thus, we aimed to examine the essential predicting factors for super-response to CRT,(More)
To develop more effective oxidative hair coloring products, it is important to understand the localization of colored chromophores, which are formed from oxidative dyes, in the fine structure of hair. However, the dyeing regions of oxidative hair dyes in the fine structure of hair have not been extensively examined. In this study, we investigated the(More)