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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. Source


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. Source


Yusa T.,Chiba Rosai Hospital | Hiroshima K.,Tokyo Womens Medical University | Sakai F.,Saitama University | Kishimoto T.,Okayama Rosai Hospital | And 9 more authors.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine | Year: 2015

Background: The aim of this study was to elucidate whether there is a relationship between the extent of pleural plaques and pulmonary asbestos body concentration (PABC). Methods: The subjects were 207 lung cancer patients with occupational asbestos exposure. We determined the plaque extent by findings on chest images using our own criteria. PABCs were measured in resected or autopsy lung specimens. Results: There was a significant relationship between plaque extent and PABC. Seventy-five percent of the patients determined to have extensive plaques based on our criteria had a PABC of ≥5,000 asbestos bodies per gram of dry lung tissue, which is one of the certification criteria of lung cancer caused by asbestos for workers' compensation in Japan. Conclusions: In lung cancer patients, the plaque extent had a significant positive relationship with the PABC. The plaque extent would be useful as a proxy for PABC for lung cancer compensation purposes. Am. J. Ind. Med. 58:444-455, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Source


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. Source


Fujimoto N.,Okayama Rosai Hospital | Kato K.,Okayama University | Usami I.,Asahi Rosai Hospital | Sakai F.,International University of Japan | And 4 more authors.
Respiration | Year: 2014

Background: The clinical features of asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) remain unclear.Objectives: To clarify the association between radiological findings of DPT and respiratory function.Methods: Medical data from patients with asbestos-related DPT were collected, including their history of occupational or neighborhood asbestos exposure, initial symptoms, modified Medical Research Council dyspnea grade, smoking history, radiological findings, and respiratory function test results.Results: There were 106 DPT patients between 2005 and 2010 [i.e. 103 men (97.2%) and 3 women (2.8%)]. The median age at diagnosis was 69 years (range 46-88). Patient occupations related to asbestos exposure included: asbestos product manufacturing (n = 17); the shipbuilding industry (n = 14); the construction industry (n = 13); heat insulation work (n = 12); plumbing, asbestos spraying, and electrical work (n = 7 each), and transportation and demolition work (n = 4 each). The median duration of asbestos exposure was 25 years (range 2-54), and the median latency period before the onset of DPT was 46 years (range 25-66). Involvement of the costophrenic angle (CPA) was also negatively correlated with the percent vital capacity (%VC; r = -0.448, p < 0.01). Pleural thickness and the craniocaudal and horizontal extension of pleural thickening, as determined by chest computed tomography (CT), were also negatively correlated with %VC (r = -0.226, p < 0.05; r = -0.409, p < 0.01, and r = -0.408, p < 0.01, respectively).Conclusions: DPT develops after a long latency period following occupational asbestos exposure and causes marked respiratory dysfunction. The extension of DPT should be evaluated by chest CT, and chest X-ray would be important for the evaluation of the involvement of the CPA. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel. Source

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