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Abnormal gait caused by stroke or other pathological reasons can greatly impact the life of an individual. Being able to measure and analyze that gait is often critical for rehabilitation. Motion analysis labs and many current methods of gait analysis are expensive and inaccessible to most individuals. The low-cost, wearable, and wireless insole-based gait(More)
Alignment - the process and measured orientation of the prosthetic socket relative to the foot - is important for proper function of a transtibial prosthesis. Prosthetic alignment is performed by prosthetists using visual gait observation and amputees' feedback. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of transtibial prosthesis malalignment on(More)
An insole system was constructed with 32 sensors inside a size 10 men's shoe. This system allows evaluation of the contributions of individual sensors spread throughout the surface area of the insole. The kinetic variables of interest in this initial study are ground reaction force and anterior-posterior ankle moment. Use of all 32 sensors are able to(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have indicated that there are inherent limitations associated with Fontan physiology. However, there have been no quantitative analyses of the effects of right heart bypass on ventricular afterload, hydraulic power, and resultant overall hemodynamics. Methods and Results- During routine cardiac catheterization, aortic impedance and(More)
OBJECTIVES In the present study, we systematically tested cardiac rest and reserve function in patients with Fontan physiology to check for inherent limitations of this circulation. BACKGROUND Details of the mechanisms of cardiac performance that could account for adverse outcome after Fontan surgery are not well understood. METHODS The subjects were 17(More)
UNLABELLED Age-associated changes in pulsatile components of the arterial system in normal children have not previously been studied. The purpose of the present study was to establish reference ranges for age-associated changes in arterial pulsatile properties in children. Arterial compliance (C(A)) and stiffness of the proximal aorta were estimated from(More)
BACKGROUND Despite successful repair, patients with coarctation of the aorta (COA) often show persistent hypertension at rest and/or during exercise. Previous studies indicated that the hypertension is mainly due to abnormalities in the arterial bed and its regulatory systems. We hypothesized that ventricular systolic stiffness also contributes to the(More)
In Japan, no pulsatile ventricular assist devices are available specifically for use in children. Pumps designed for adults are thus often used in children. We report herein a case of end-stage heart failure in a 3-year old girl (height 100.4 cm; body weight 16.2 kg; body surface area 0.66 m2) who underwent implantation with an adult-sized Toyobo-NCVC left(More)
Kawasaki disease (KD) in children takes the form of acute systemic vasculitis, which causes coronary artery dilation and aneurysm formation in 10% to 15% of the patients. We have recently shown that matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are intimately involved in coronary arterial wall destruction and the resultant formation of coronary artery lesions (CALs) in(More)