Tsukasa Ozawa

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BACKGROUND Recurrent ventricular dilatation can occur after surgical repair of a left ventricular (LV) aneurysm. Use of an autologous bioengineered muscle graft to replace resected scar tissue may prevent recurrent dilatation and improve cardiac function. METHODS Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs, 5 x 10(6) cells) from rat aortas were seeded onto(More)
BACKGROUND Although cardiac fibroma has been regarded as benign tumor, it presents various symptoms and may lead to death. Unfortunately, only a few studies have reported the epidemiology, embryology, and histopathology of the tumor, and the factors predicting poorer outcome are still obscured. METHODS In July 2011 we searched for English and Japanese(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal cardiac graft for the repair of congenital heart defects will be composed of autologous cells and will grow with the child. The biodegradable material should permit rapid cellular growth and delayed degradation with minimal inflammation. We compared a new material, epsilon-caprolactone-co-L-lactide sponge reinforced with knitted(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous cell transplantation may restore viable muscle after a myocardial infarction. We compared the effect of three cell types or an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor on preservation of ventricular function after cardiac injury. METHODS A uniform transmural myocardial scar was created in adult rats by cryoinjury. Three weeks(More)
OBJECTIVES Nonbiodegradable synthetic materials have been widely used to repair cardiac defects. Material-related failures, however, such as lack of growth, thrombosis, and infection, do occur. Because a biodegradable scaffold can be replaced by the patient's own cells and will be treated as a foreign body for a limited period, we compared four(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated the usefulness of perioperative blood glucose control in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS DM patients were aggressively treated with intensive insulin therapy to achieve a preoperative fasting blood glucose level of 140 mg/dl and a postoperative level of 200 mg/dl. For comparison, patients were(More)
Autologous smooth muscle cell (SMC)-seeded biodegradable scaffolds could be a suitable material to repair some pediatric right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) cardiac anomalies. Adult syngenic Lewis rat SMCs (2 x 10(6)) were seeded onto a new biodegradable copolymer sponge made of epsilon-caprolactone-co-L-lactide reinforced with poly-L-lactide fabric(More)
BACKGROUND Cell preservation is essential for successful cell transplantation and/or tissue engineering. We examined the effects of cryopreservation on the transplantation of human heart cells. METHODS Cells isolated from human atrial tissues were cultured for 15 days (control group), cryopreserved for 1 week, and rapidly thawed and cultured for 15 days.(More)
OBJECTIVE To clarify the position of on-pump beating coronary artery bypass (CAB) and to define preoperative indicators of intentional conversion to the procedure in the era of advancement of off-pump CAB (OPCAB), we assessed on-pump beating CAB performed after the introduction of OPCAB. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We assessed 130 patients who underwent single(More)