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The objective of this paper is to describe hypertension status in Taiwan using data from the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT) 1993-1996, which adopted a clustered stratified multistage sampling scheme. A total of 4838 males and 4876 females aged 4 years and above were interviewed and examined corresponding to a response rate of 74%. Almost all(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is common in patients with systolic heart failure and the restrictive type of filling pattern appears to be associated with increased cardiac mortality. Both artrial and brain (or ventricular) natriuretic peptides are also proven markers of the severity of heart failure. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction is common in heart failure and is an important predictor of prognosis and mortality. Less attention has been paid to right ventricular (RV) diastolic function. In this study, we compared RV diastolic function in a large cohort of patients with heart failure (HF) with two groups: patients with pulmonary(More)
The study examined the contribution of domain-specific cultural orientation and racial discrimination to subjective competence (as measured by sense of coherence) in American-born and immigrant Chinese American young adults. It was hypothesized that sense of coherence would be more strongly predicted by domain-specific cultural orientation for immigrants,(More)
Heart failure is a common and serious condition in many parts of the world and is a frequent cause for hospital admission in the Chinese population of Hong Kong. There is no published information on the epidemiology of heart failure in this community or from mainland China. Therefore, a prospective study of consecutive patients admitted with the clinical(More)
OBJECTIVES This study examines the acute effects of two differing beta adrenergic blocking agents (metoprolol and a third generation vasodilating beta blocker) on plasma concentrations of atrial natriuretic factor (ANF), brain (ventricular) natriuretic factor (BNF), and haemodynamic variables in patients with heart failure. SETTING University teaching(More)
Family history of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has been identified as a risk factor of HCC. The pathogenesis is still uncertain. In order to evaluate the risk factors and to detect the small HCC. 721 asymptomatic family members (419 males and 302 females with a mean age of 40.21 years) of the index cases of HCC received a series of examinations including:(More)
Arterial stiffness has been recognized as a marker of cardiovascular disease and associated with long-term worse clinical outcomes in several populations. Age, hypertension, smoking, and dyslipidemia, known as traditional vascular risk factors, as well as diabetes, obesity, and systemic inflammation lead to both atherosclerosis and arterial stiffness.(More)
Sarcomatous change in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an uncommon histologic variant of HCC, characterized by the proliferation of spindle cells or bizarre giant cells. Poor outcome has been reported in most cases after diagnosis. Here, we report the first case of a sarcomatous HCC with complete central necrosis and rupture of the liver capsule. The(More)
BACKGROUND There are limited literatures regarding the non-pulmonary vein (NPV) triggers in long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF). The goal of the present study was to investigate the characteristics and long-term outcome of catheter ablation among these patients. METHODS The study included 776 patients (age 53.59±11.38years-old, 556 males)(More)