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BACKGROUND Pathological studies suggest that calcified coronary nodules are a rare cause of thrombotic events. The frequency, distribution, predictors, and outcomes of calcified nodules have never been described. METHODS AND RESULTS After successful stenting in 697 patients (167 female; median age, 58.1 years) with acute coronary syndromes, 3-vessel(More)
The extraordinary mechanical and swelling/deswelling properties of nanocomposite (NC) gels are attributed to their unique organic (polymer)/inorganic (clay) network structure. In this study, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPA) was successfully separated from an NC gel network by decomposing the clay (hectorite) using hydrofluoric acid (HF). A very low HF(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a highly prevalent cardiac arrhythmia disease, which widely leads to exacerbate heart failure and ischemic stroke in elder world. Recently, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), a subclass of noncoding RNAs, have been reported to play critical roles in pathophysiology of cardiac heart. However, little is known of their role in cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) biphasic imaging in assessing myocardial viability and infarct parameters in both acutely and chronically infarcted pig models. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seven pigs underwent ligation of the distal left anterior descending artery. Imaging was performed(More)
PURPOSE This study explored the clinical efficacy of CT-guided radioactive (125)I seed implantation in treating patients with symptomatic retroperitoneal lymph node metastases. METHODS Twenty-five patients with pathologically confirmed malignant tumors received CT-guided radioactive (125)I seed implantation to treat metastatic lymph nodes. The diameter of(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the occurrence, correlation, and clinical outcome of intraprocedural stent thrombosis (IPST) in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the setting of acute coronary syndromes (ACSs). BACKGROUND Stent thrombosis (ST), a rare complication of PCI, is more common in the setting of ACS. It is not known(More)
Accurate assessment of coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) lesion is essential to design an appropriate procedural strategy before revascularization. The present study aims to evaluate the significance of a single multislice computed tomography (MSCT) examination in patients with CTO lesion. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 23 CTO lesions(More)
BACKGROUND To correlate right ventricular volumes measured by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) with left ventricular volume indices in patients with or without left-sided heart diseases. METHODS For this retrospective, we reviewed 806 consecutive RT3DE examinations with quantitative evaluation of both the left and the right (RV)(More)
Background—Pathological studies suggest that calcified coronary nodules are a rare cause of thrombotic events. The frequency, distribution, predictors, and outcomes of calcified nodules have never been described. Methods and Results—After successful stenting in 697 patients (167 female; median age, 58.1 years) with acute coronary syndromes, 3-vessel(More)
The Ca2+-sensitive cardiac troponin (cTn) is a hetero-trimer complex consisting of three subunits cTnC, cTnI, and cTnT, which has been recognized as an important biomarker and a potential target of cardiovascular diseases. Previously, several small-molecule agents such as levosimendan and pimobendan have been successfully developed to target this protein(More)
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