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Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is an established treatment for multivessel coronary artery disease. However, problematic situations are occasionally encountered after CABG, such as disease progression in the native coronary artery with graft occlusion, which causes difficulty in revascularization. The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. We evaluated 126 asymptomatic CKD patients (mean estimated glomerular filtration rate: 36.1 ± 14.1 mL/min/1.73 m2, mean age 70.3 ± 10.1 years). A non-contrast computed(More)
Statin therapy moderately increases high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels. Contrary to this expectation, a paradoxical decrease in HDL-C levels after statin therapy is seen in some patients. We evaluated 724 patients who newly started treatment with statins after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). These patients were divided into 2 groups(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) can predict cardiovascular (CV) outcomes in hemodialysis patients. However, little is known about the predictive value of AAC for CV outcomes in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients without hemodialysis. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and the predictive value of AAC in(More)
Albuminuria has traditionally been associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular events. However, few studies have examined the potential relation between albuminuria and periprocedural risk in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of albuminuria on the incidence of periprocedural myocardial injury(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic retinopathy has been identified as a predictor of cardiovascular events and heart failure in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). This study aimed to assess the impact of diabetic retinopathy on the incidence of late cardiac events following percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS We enrolled 88 consecutive DM patients who(More)
Sarcopenia, defined as skeletal muscle loss and dysfunction, is attracting considerable attention as a novel risk factor for cardiovascular events. Although the loss of skeletal muscle is common in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, the relation between sarcopenia and cardiovascular events in CKD patients is not well defined. Therefore, we aimed to(More)
BACKGROUND An inverse association between obesity, as defined by body mass index (BMI) and prognosis has been reported in patients with cardiovascular disease ("obesity paradox"). The aim of this study was to investigate whether adding nutritional information to BMI provides better risk assessment in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary(More)
AIM Malnutrition is associated with the development of atherosclerosis and an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality in elderly patients. The present study aimed to investigate the association between the Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI), a simple nutritional assessment tool, and the prevalence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in elderly(More)
BACKGROUND Vascular calcification is a major complication in chronic kidney disease (CKD) that increases the risk of adverse clinical outcomes. Geriatric nutritional risk index (GNRI) is a simple nutritional assessment tool that predicts poor prognosis in elderly subjects. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between GNRI and(More)