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A 78-year-old man with unstable angina showed 90 % stenosis in the proximal left anterior descending artery. Pre-procedural intravascular ultrasound revealed ruptured plaque and attenuated plaque in the lesion. Under these conditions, two overlapping sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) implantation in this lesion resulted in slow flow which was recovered by(More)
A 36-year-old woman was admitted for recurring chest pain and hemoptysis. Blood pressure in the right and left arms was equal, and no murmurs or bruits were heard. Body temperature was normal on admission and remained within the normal range during the hospital stay. C-reactive protein was slightly elevated (2.3 mg/dL) and lupus anticoagulant was positive.(More)
The restenosis rate of coronary stent has significantly decreased by implantation of the drug-eluting stent (DES). We often experienced the DES implantation for very small target vessels. The minimum size of DES in Japan and USA is 2.5 mm-diameter, but there were no reports of the expandability of DESs for the very small target vessels with reference(More)
BACKGROUND Upper arm swelling and venous hypertension at arteriovenous fistula sites, and insufficiency of hemodialysis are induced by central venous lesions in chronic hemodialysis patients. Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) for central venous lesions is first-choice treatment. Cardiac function can be evaluated by measuring the acute increase in(More)
A 33-year-old man was admitted for general malaise and vomiting. An electrocardiogram showed a complete atrioventricular block and an echocardiogram showed right atrial dilatation and normal wall motion of left ventricle (LV). Gene analysis showed nonsense mutation in the STA gene, which codes for emerin, and Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy was diagnosed.(More)
If a large amount of debris or thrombus dislodges from a lesion because of dilation of the stenotic or occluded lesion in the hemodialysis access fistula when angioplasty is performed, it may move into the pulmonary artery via the central vein, resulting in pulmonary embolism. A novel sheath has been developed to prevent the outflow of debris or thrombus to(More)
Deficient nitric oxide (NO) release is thought to be the principal mechanism of coronary spasm, however, the precise mechanisms are unknown. Although acetylcholine (ACh) is used for provocation of coronary spasm, ACh is also used for the augmentation of blood flow and flow-mediated vasodilation is induced. We estimated the self-vasodilating ability(More)
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the long-term outcomes at 2 years in patients in whom everolimus-eluting stents (EESs) were implanted in small and non-small vessels. A small vessel is an important risk factor for restenosis with BMSs, even in the first generation DESs. The 690 patients with 690 lesions implanted with an EES were enrolled and(More)
Although Synergy Between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With Taxus and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) score based on angiographic scoring system was developed in patients with previous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), few data exist regarding its prognostic utility in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We examined 272(More)
BACKGROUND (18)F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) is assumed to be the most useful method for evaluating the viability of the myocardium. However, there are few reports regarding serial changes in (18)F-FDG-PET images of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We evaluated serial changes in glucose-loaded (18)F-FDG-PET,(More)