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Primarily, the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors suppress the cotransport of glucose and sodium from the tubular lumen of the proximal tubules to the blood, and excrete glucose into the urine. Therefore, glucose and caloric balances become negative, reducing both the blood glucose level and insulin secretion. On the other hand, the proximal tubular fluid, constituted with low chloride concentration because of SGLT2 inhibition, is transferred to the loop of Henle. Under low chloride conditions, the reabsorption mechanisms in the loop of Henle do not work, similar to when loop diuretics are given. Subanalysis data on heart failure (HF) from the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trials are discussed, assuming that SGLT2 inhibitors are loop diuretics. Renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and β-blockers contribute to prognostic improvements of HF, independent of SGLT2 inhibitors, and therefore, both regimens are essential for the treatment of HF. On the other hand, the prognostic improvements by SGLT2 inhibitors are not significant under treatment including conventional diuretics such as loop diuretics and aldosterone antagonists, suggesting that the prognostic improvement in HF by SGLT2 inhibitors is mostly through their diuretic action. © 2016, Japanese Circulation Society. All rights reserved.


Tanaka S.,Nagoya City University | Sugiura T.,Nagoya City University | Yamashita S.,Nagoya City University | Dohi Y.,Nagoya City University | And 2 more authors.
Scientific Reports | Year: 2014

Central blood pressure may be more closely associated with cardiovascular events than peripheral blood pressure. The aim of the present study was to investigate central blood pressure responses to exercise. Apparently healthy 18 subjects were enrolled in the study (38 ± 6 years) and changes in central and brachial blood pressure were recorded in response to ergometer and hand-grip exercises. Central blood pressure was estimated using an automated device (Omron HEM-9000AI). Systolic brachial blood pressure was increased after both ergometer (from 119 ± 10 to 172 ± 16 mmHg; P < 0.001) and hand-grip (from 118 ± 8 to 122 ± 9 mmHg; P = 0.001) exercises, but central systolic blood pressure was increased only after hand-grip exercise (from 117 ± 11 to 121 ± 12 mmHg; P = 0.002). The radial augmentation index was increased after hand-grip exercise, whereas ergometer exercise reduced this index. Heart rate was increased only after ergometer exercise. Thus, isometric, but not isotonic, exercise may increase central blood pressure in overall healthy subjects. The response of central blood pressure, which is a better index of cardiac load than peripheral blood pressure, to hand-grip exercise may be useful in evaluating cardiovascular risk.


Kishimoto T.,Okayama Rosai Hospital | Gemba K.,Okayama Rosai Hospital | Fujimoto N.,Okayama Rosai Hospital | Onishi K.,Kobe Rosai Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Cancer Science | Year: 2010

A total of 152 patients with asbestos-related lung cancer recognized by the criteria of Japanese compensation law for asbestos-related diseases were examined and compared with 431 patients with non-asbestos-related lung cancer. Male comprised 96% of patients. Ages ranged from 50 to 91 years with a median of 72 years. Eighty-nine percent were smokers or ex-smokers. Almost all patients had occupational histories of asbestos exposure. The median duration of asbestos exposure was 31 years and the median latency period was 47 years. Thirty-four percent of patients exhibited asbestosis and 81% exhibited pleural plaques by radiography. Regarding asbestos particles in the lung for 73 operated or autopsied patients, 62% had more than 5,000 particles per gram. On the other hand, 100% of non-asbestos-related lung cancer patients had <5000 particles per gram with a median of 554 particles. The number of asbestos bodies in the lung, male gender, absence of symptoms, smoking index, and early stage of cancer were significantly much more than those of non-asbestos-related lung cancer. In this study, a diagnosis of asbestos-related lung cancer was made in 34% of patients by asbestosis, in 62% by presence of both pleural plaques and more than 10 years' occupational asbestos exposure, and in 4% by more than 5000 asbestos particles per gram of lung tissue. Occupational histories, duration of asbestos exposure, and pleural plaques are common categories for the recognition of asbestos-related lung cancer in Japan. © 2010 Japanese Cancer Association.


Hotta N.,Chubu Rosai Hospital | Nakamura J.,Nagoya University | Iwamoto Y.,Tokyo Women's Medical University | Ohno Y.,Asahi Rosai Hospital | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Diabetes Investigation | Year: 2010

We collated and analysed data from hospital records regarding the cause of death of 18,385 patients with diabetes who died in 282 medical institutions throughout Japan over the 10-year period between 1991 and 2000. Autopsy was carried out in 1750 cases. The most frequent cause of death in all 18,385 cases was malignant neoplasia, accounting for 34.1% of cases, followed by vascular diseases (including diabetic nephropathy, ischemic heart diseases and cerebrovascular diseases) in 26.8%, infections in 14.3%, and then diabetic coma in 1.2%. The most common malignancy was liver cancer, accounting for 8.6% of all the deaths. Of the deaths from vascular diseases, diabetic nephropathy was the cause of death in 6.8% of cases, and the frequency as cause of death for ischemic heart diseases and cerebrovascular diseases were similar at 10.2% and 9.8%, respectively. Myocardial infarction accounted for almost all the deaths from ischemic heart diseases, whereas deaths from cerebral infarction were 2.2-fold as common as those from cerebral hemorrhage. In the analyses of the relationship between age and causes of death in diabetic patients who underwent autopsy, the overall mortality rate as a result of vascular diseases increased with age, although the mortality rates from diabetic nephropathy and cerebrovascular diseases increased little from the fifth decade of life. The mortality rate from ischemic heart diseases increased with age, however, and was higher than the other forms of vascular diseases from the sixth decade of life, accounting for approximately 50% of vascular deaths in the eighth decade. Malignant neoplasia was the most frequent cause of death from the fifth decade of life, and was extremely common in the seventh decade, accounting for 46.3% of all the deaths. The mortality rate from infections varied little between age groups from the fifth decade of life. In the analyses of glycemic control and the age at the time of death, lifespans were 2.5 years shorter in males, and 1.6 years shorter in female diabetics with poor glycemic control than in those with good or fair glycemic control. This difference was greater for deaths as a result of infections and vascular diseases, particularly diabetic nephro-pathy, than for malignant neoplasia. Analysis of the relationship between glycemic control and the duration of diabetes and deaths as a result of vascular diseases showed no correlation between the level of glycemic control and death from diabetic nephropathy, ischemic heart diseases or cerebrovascular diseases. In diabetics with disease durations of less than 10 years, the mortality rate from macroangiopathy was higher than that as a result of diabetic nephropathy, a form of microangiopathy. Treatment for diabetes comprised of diet alone in 21.5%, oral hypoglycemic agents in 29.5%, and insulin with or without oral hypoglycemic agents in 44.2%, which was the most common. In particular, 683/1170 (58.4%) diabetics who died from diabetic nephropathy were on insulin therapy, a higher proportion than the 661/1687 (39.2%) who died from ischemic heart diseases, or the 659/1622 (40.6%) who died from cerebrovascular diseases. The average age at the time of death in the survey population was, 68 years for males and 71.6 years for females. These were 9.6 and 13 years, respectively, short of the average life expectancy for the Japanese general population. In comparison with the previous survey (1981-1990), the average age at the time of death had increased 1.5 years for males, and 3.2 years for females. The average life expectancy for the Japanese general population had also increased 1.7 and 2.7 years, respectively, over that period, showing that advances in the management and treatment of diabetes have not led to any improvement in patients' life expectancies. © 2010 Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.


Kimura G.,Asahi Rosai Hospital | Kimura G.,Nagoya City University
Journal of the American Society of Hypertension | Year: 2016

Primarily the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors suppress the cotransport of glucose and sodium from the tubular lumen of proximal tubules to the blood and enhance the glucose excretion into urine. Therefore, glucose and caloric balances become negative, making the blood glucose level as well as insulin secretion both reduced. On the other hand, the proximal tubular fluid, constituting with low chloride concentration because of SGLT2 inhibition, is transferred to the loop of Henle. On the low chloride conditions, the reabsorption mechanisms in the loop of Henle do not work, as if loop diuretics are given. Finally, blood pressure is also lowered secondarily due to the loop diuretic action by SGLT2 inhibitions. Thus, the metabolic and hemodynamic combined systems synergistically interact further to suppress the risks leading to atherosclerosis and organs damage. Precise mechanisms for SGLT2 inhibitors to work in various aspects especially in preventing organ damage and cardiovascular events must be clarified further. © 2016 American Society of Hypertension. All rights reserved.


Sato R.,Nagoya City University | Mizuno M.,Nagoya City University | Miura T.,Nagoya City University | Kato Y.,Nagoya City University | And 11 more authors.
Journal of Hypertension | Year: 2013

Objective: The sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in blood pressure regulation even in the early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: To understand the role of the sympathetic system, we examined the relationship between day/night ratios of both heart rate (HR) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) as well as HR variability (HRV, SD) before and during an 8-week treatment with the angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), olmesartan, in 45 patients with CKD. Results: The day/night HR ratio strongly correlated with the day/night MAP ratio before and during ARB treatment. The ratio of [day/night HR ratio] over [day/night MAP ratio] was increased as renal function deteriorated at baseline (r =-0.31, P = 0.04), and it was attenuated (1.10 ± 0.10 to 1.06 ± 0.10; P = 0.04) and became independent of renal function during ARB treatment (r =-0.04, P = 0.8). ARB increased both the day/night HR ratio (1.17 ± 0.09 to 1.21 ± 0.13; P = 0.04) and HRV (10.6 ± 2.9 to 11.7 ± 4.2; P = 0.04), which were lower when baseline renal function deteriorated. Conclusion: The present study indicates that there exists a close correlation in circadian rhythms between HR and MAP in CKD. Synchronization between the two rhythms was progressively lost as renal function deteriorated, and ARB partly restored the synchronization. These findings suggest that the sympathetic nervous system is activated as renal function deteriorates, and ARB may suppress its activation. © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


Takase H.,Enshu Hospital | Kimura G.,Asahi Rosai Hospital | Dohi Y.,Nagoya City University
Journal of Human Hypertension | Year: 2014

We tested the hypothesis that uric acid levels predict new-onset hypertension in the Japanese general population. Normotensive individuals who visited our hospital for a yearly health checkup (n=8157, men=61.0% and age=50.7±12.2 years) were enrolled in the present study. After baseline evaluation, participants were followed up for a median of 48.3 months (range 4.9-101.0 months), with the endpoint being the development of hypertension, defined as systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥140 mm Hg, diastolic BP ≥90 mm Hg or the use of antihypertensive medication. The impact of uric acid and other cardiovascular risk factors at baseline on future BP and development of hypertension was assessed. During follow-up, 19.0% of women (n=605) and 29.5% of men (n=1 469) participants developed hypertension. Incident hypertension was increased across the quartiles for baseline uric acid levels (P<0.0001), and multivariate Cox proportional hazards analysis revealed a significant and independent association between the uric acid level and the onset of hypertension in both men and women participants (P<0.05). Furthermore, uric acid was independently and positively correlated with future BP (P<0.05). Thus, uric acid is an independent predictor of new-onset hypertension in both women and men. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.


PubMed | Nagoya City University, Asahi Rosai Hospital and Enshu Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension : JASH | Year: 2016

The close association between dietary salt and hypertension is well established. However, previous studies generally assessed salt intake without adjustment for body weight. Herein, we investigated the significance of body weight-adjusted salt intake in the general population. The present cross-sectional study included 7629 participants from our yearly physical checkup program, and their salt intake was assessed using a spot urine test to estimate 24-hour urinary salt excretion. Total salt intake increased with increasing body weight. Body weight-adjusted salt intake was greater in participants with hypertension than in those without hypertension. Systolic blood pressure, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and urinary albumin wereindependently correlated with body weight-adjusted salt intake after adjustment for possible cardiovascular risk factors. Excessive body weight-adjusted salt intake could be related to an increase in blood pressure and hypertensive organ damage.Adjustment for body weight might therefore provide clinically important information when assessing individual salt intake.


PubMed | Nagoya City University and Asahi Rosai hospital
Type: | Journal: Scientific reports | Year: 2014

Central blood pressure may be more closely associated with cardiovascular events than peripheral blood pressure. The aim of the present study was to investigate central blood pressure responses to exercise. Apparently healthy 18 subjects were enrolled in the study (38 6 years) and changes in central and brachial blood pressure were recorded in response to ergometer and hand-grip exercises. Central blood pressure was estimated using an automated device (Omron HEM-9000AI). Systolic brachial blood pressure was increased after both ergometer (from 119 10 to 172 16mmHg; P < 0.001) and hand-grip (from 118 8 to 122 9mmHg; P = 0.001) exercises, but central systolic blood pressure was increased only after hand-grip exercise (from 117 11 to 121 12mmHg; P = 0.002). The radial augmentation index was increased after hand-grip exercise, whereas ergometer exercise reduced this index. Heart rate was increased only after ergometer exercise. Thus, isometric, but not isotonic, exercise may increase central blood pressure in overall healthy subjects. The response of central blood pressure, which is a better index of cardiac load than peripheral blood pressure, to hand-grip exercise may be useful in evaluating cardiovascular risk.


PubMed | Yamaguchi Ube Medical Center, Kobe Rosai Hospital, Kawasaki Medical School, Asahi Rosai Hospital and 3 more.
Type: | Journal: Pulmonary medicine | Year: 2015

There is no detailed information about benign asbestos pleural effusion (BAPE). The aim of the study was to clarify the clinical features of BAPE. The criteria of enrolled patients were as follows: (1) history of asbestos exposure; (2) presence of pleural effusion determined by chest X-ray, CT, and thoracentesis; and (3) the absence of other causes of effusion. Clinical information was retrospectively analysed and the radiological images were reviewed. There were 110 BAPE patients between 1991 and 2012. All were males and the median age at diagnosis was 74 years. The median duration of asbestos exposure and period of latency for disease onset of BAPE were 31 and 48 years, respectively. Mean values of hyaluronic acid, adenosine deaminase, and carcinoembryonic antigen in the pleural fluid were 39,840ng/mL, 23.9IU/L, and 1.8ng/mL, respectively. Pleural plaques were detected in 98 cases (89.1%). Asbestosis was present in 6 (5.5%) cases, rounded atelectasis was detected in 41 (37.3%) cases, and diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) was detected in 30 (27.3%) cases. One case developed lung cancer (LC) before and after BAPE. None of the cases developed malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) during the follow-up.

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