Yoshihiro Sobue

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BACKGROUND The incidence of various cardiovascular diseases is known to exhibit seasonal variations, but seasonal patterns of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) have not been well characterized. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine whether seasonal variation affects the incidence of paroxysmal AF and whether this pattern is affected by(More)
BACKGROUND Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is a myopathy triggered by severe stressful events. However, little is known about the determinants of in-hospital outcomes. We prospectively determined the effect of different triggers on the prognosis of TC. METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled patients who were admitted for suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS)(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged duration of the QRS complex is a prognostic marker in patients with heart failure (HF), whereas electrocadiographic markers in HF with narrow QRS complex remain unclear. We evaluated the prognostic value of the T-wave amplitude in lead aVR in HF patients with narrow QRS complexes. METHODS We examined 331 patients who were admitted to(More)
AIMS Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) originating from the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) may occasionally trigger monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (MVT), polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (PVT), or ventricular fibrillation (VF). We examined whether an analysis of the ventricular repolarization instability could differentiate PVT/VF(More)
AIMS Increased temporal repolarization lability, assessed by beat-to-beat variability of T-wave amplitude (TAV), has been shown to be associated with ventricular tachyarrhythmia in patients with a variety of clinical conditions. The aim of this study was to test the ability of TAV to identify patients presenting with malignant ventricular arrhythmia and to(More)
BACKGROUND n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, primarily eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), has been reported to have antiarrhythmic and antiinflammatory effects. The aim of the present study was to examine whether the combination of antiarrhythmic drugs and EPA reduced the frequency of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with paroxysmal AF. METHODS We studied 50(More)
AIMS We examined whether the severity of central sleep apnoea (CSA) and the level of C-reactive protein are associated with the prevalence and complexity of arrhythmias, and whether these factors contribute to increased risk of nocturnal sudden death. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively examined 178 patients (age 70 ± 1 years) who were admitted to our(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a significant risk factor for ischemic strokes, and making a robust risk stratification scheme would be important. Few studies have examined whether nonlinear dynamics of the heart rate could predict ischemic strokes in AF. We examined whether a novel complexity measurement of the heart rate variability called(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Many patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and coronary artery stent deployment are given both antiplatelet drug and warfarin. Little information is available as to the relationship between the antithrombotic therapies in the late phase after stenting and the clinical outcomes of these patients. We examined the clinical outcomes of(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) generates myocardial scar and arrhythmogenic substrate. CS diagnosis according to the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare guidelines relies, among others, on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging with late gadolinium enhancement (CMR-LGE). However, access to CMR-LGE is limited. The electrocardiography-based Selvester QRS(More)