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OBJECTIVES We examined whether distinct monocyte subsets contribute in specific ways to myocardial salvage in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that monocytes in human peripheral blood are heterogeneous. METHODS We studied 36 patients with primary AMI. Peripheral blood sampling was performed 1, 2, 3,(More)
BACKGROUND Thin-capped fibroatheroma (TCFA) is a recognized precursor lesion for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Positive remodeling (PR) is the predominant pattern of arterial remodeling in patients with ACS. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between coronary arterial remodeling, fibrous cap thickness and high-sensitivity C-reactive(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to investigate whether microvascular resistance index (MVRI) immediately after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can predict the transmural extent of infarction (TEI) defined by contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (ce-CMR) in patients with anterior acute myocardial infarction (MI). (More)
BACKGROUND Electrocardiographic strain pattern (ECGS) is a well-recognized marker of the presence and severity of anatomic left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and also has been associated with adverse prognosis in hypertensive patients. Left ventricular (LV) endomyocardial radial strain (Endo-RS) is predominant in systolic LV wall thickening compared with(More)
BACKGROUND In patients ≥80 years of age, the use of second-generation cobalt-chromium everolimus-eluting stents (CoCr-EES) versus bare-metal stents has been shown to reduce myocardial infarction (MI) and target vessel revascularization (TVR) rates, without an increase in bleeding. However, safety and efficacy of CoCr-EES in octogenarians compared to younger(More)
The advantage of the proposed approach is that users can invent their own communication protocol (based on the knock patterns) to communicate with the creature. This approach is a novel concept to establish future human-robot communication protocols within many contexts or human centric applications. However, through symbolic communication (knock-based(More)
BACKGROUND The inner-half layer of the left ventricular (LV) wall is primarily affected by ischemia and increased LV afterload. We hypothesized that LV wall thickening of inner-half layer and coronary microvascular function are impaired in hypertensive patients, especially in those with electrocardiographic (ECG) strain, which is a marker of LV hypertrophy(More)
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