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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES It is unclear which plaque component is related with long-term clinical outcomes in patients with coronary artery occlusive disease (CAOD). We assessed the relationship between plaque compositions and long-term clinical outcomes in those patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The study subjects consisted of 339 consecutive patients (mean(More)
BACKGROUND Animal and clinical studies have demonstrated late regression of in-stent neointima. This study was performed to identify the temporal changes in the in-stent neointimal constituents responsible for late regression. METHODS NIR stents were implanted in porcine coronary arteries (size of stent (in mm) to size of artery (in mm) approximately(More)
BACKGROUND The main complications of PTCA remain thrombosis and restenosis. Recent studies have demonstrated reduction in the neointimal hyperplasia after intracoronary radiation (IR) with doses of 10 to 25 Gy of ionizing radiation delivered by either beta- or gamma-emitters to injured vessels. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of ionizing(More)
BACKGROUND It is still controversial whether carotid plaque is associated with cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of carotid plaque on long term clinical outcomes especially in patients with CAD. METHODS The study population consisted of 1390 consecutive patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine whether the risk and severity of penetration-aspiration with mixed consistency (MIX), which consists of cooked rice and thin liquid barium (LIQUID), are different from the risks and severities with each single consistency (cooked rice or LIQUID) in dysphagic patients. DESIGN Dysphagic patients (N = 29)(More)
PURPOSE Intracoronary radiation (IR) suppresses neointima formation following balloon injury in animal models. High doses of radiation exacerbate thrombosis and delay re-endothelialization. The free radical nitric oxide (NO) has been reported to inhibit platelet aggregation, reduce neointimal hyperplasia, and stimulate re-endothelialization. This study(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Both carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid plaque are important factors in the primary prevention of cardiac disease. However, it is unclear which one is more important for prognosis, especially in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS In total, 1426 consecutive CAD patients, proven by(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) are known to have large necrotic core in their coronary plaque compared to non-DM patients. We assessed coronary plaque composition in patients with angina and with/without DM according to glucose control. METHODS Study subjects consisted of 114 non-DM patients, 14 well-controlled DM patients (hemoglobin A1c(More)
Detecting signs of learning in persons diagnosed to be in a post-coma vegetative state and minimally conscious state (MCS) may modify their diagnosis. We report the case of a 65-year-old female in a vegetative state. We used microswitch-based technology that is based on patient response to eye-blinking. We followed an ABABCB design, in which A represented(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the associating factors of fear of falling (FOF) and the correlations between FOF and quality of life (QOL) on subacute stroke patients in Korea. METHOD Fifty hemiplegic subacute stroke patients in our clinic were recruited. We directly asked patients with their fear of falling and interviewed them with the Korean version of falls(More)