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Gout based on hyperuricemia is a common disease with a genetic predisposition, which causes acute arthritis. The ABCG2/BCRP gene, located in a gout-susceptibility locus on chromosome 4q, has been identified by recent genome-wide association studies of serum uric acid concentrations and gout. Urate transport assays demonstrated that ABCG2 is a high-capacity(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical data on the mortality and morbidity of unselected Japanese patients with heart failure (HF) are limited. In this study, we aimed to determine the clinical characteristics, long-term outcomes, and prognostic factors of Japanese HF patients with preserved or reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS AND RESULTS We used a(More)
Gout is a common disease which mostly occurs after middle age, but more people nowadays develop it before the age of thirty. We investigated whether common dysfunction of ABCG2, a high-capacity urate transporter which regulates serum uric acid levels, causes early-onset gout. 705 Japanese male gout cases with onset age data and 1,887 male controls were(More)
Statins reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality from coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the effects of statin therapy in patients with CAD and chronic kidney disease (CKD) remain unclear. Within a single hospital-based cohort in the Shinken Database 2004–2010 comprising all patients (n = 15,227) who visited the Cardiovascular Institute, we(More)
Revascularization of an initially non-target site due to its progression as a new culprit lesion has emerged as a new therapeutic target of coronary artery disease (CAD) in the era of drug-eluting stents. Using the Shinken database, a single-hospital-based cohort, we aimed to clarify the incidence and prognostic factors for progression of previously(More)
Gout is a common disease which results from hyperuricemia. We have reported that the dysfunction of urate exporter ABCG2 is the major cause of renal overload (ROL) hyperuricemia, but its involvement in renal underexcretion (RUE) hyperuricemia, the most prevalent subtype, is not clearly explained so far. In this study, the association analysis with 644(More)
BACKGROUND Although various kinds of cardiovascular risk factors have been reported to be associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), the relationship between serum uric acid level and AF has not been fully examined. METHODS AND RESULTS Data were collected from a single hospital-based cohort in the Shinken Database 2004-2008 (n=11,123), and consisted of(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of obesity on Japanese patients who undergo primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS Within a single hospital-based cohort in the Shinken Database 2004-2010, which comprised all new patients (n=15227) who visited the Cardiovascular Institute, we followed patients who underwent PCI. Major(More)
We investigated how sleep disturbance is correlated with brain lesions, cognitive impairment and decreased daily activity (ADL). Two hundred and four chronically ill patients including patients with vascular dementia were classified into eight groups based on cognitive function, ADL and grades of PVL (periventricular lucency) as shown by computerized(More)