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Funada J.-I.,NHO Ehime National Hospital | Takata Y.,Ehime University | Hashida H.,NHO Ehime National Hospital | Matsumoto Y.,Saijo Central Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Atherosclerosis | Year: 2010

Objective: Postprandial hyperlipidemia and insulin resistance play roles in the development of atherosclerosis in metabolic syndrome (MetS); however, the clinical significance of postprandial hemodynamic variables in this condition is still in question. The aim of this study was to investigate hemodynamic and metabolic indicators related to MetS after a mixed meal (Calorie mate, 500. kcal). Methods: Of 107 participants undergoing this investigation, 24 fulfilled ATPIII criteria for MetS. The remaining 83 subjects were controls. Both the augmentation index (AI) and late systolic blood pressure in the radial artery (rSBP2) as an index of central blood pressure were monitored using HEM-9000AI (Omron Healthcare, Kyoto, Japan) until 240. min after meal intake. Results: Both AI and rSBP2 showed significant decreases after meal intake in both groups. Changes in postprandial AI showed a similar trend in the groups. rSBP2 reduction 60. min after meal ingestion was also comparable, -7.5 ± 2.3. mmHg in MetS; -7.8 ± 0.9. mmHg in control; however, delta rSBP2-120, the degree of rSBP2 reduction 120. min after meal ingestion comparing the fasting level, showed a significant difference between 2 groups, -0.5 ± 2.0. mmHg in MetS; -5.3 ± 0.9. mmHg in control, P<0.02. Stepwise regression analysis revealed low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (β=0.333, P=0.001), high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (β=-0.209, P<0.05) and systolic blood pressure (β=-0.377, P<0.001) as independent variables for determining delta rSBP2-120. Conclusion: Subjects with MetS exhibit signs of blunted rSBP2 (=central blood pressure) regulation after food intake. Dysfunctional postprandial hemodynamic regulation is another feature of MetS that may contribute to the progression of cardiovascular disease. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source

Aono J.,Kitaishikai Hospital | Aono J.,University of Kentucky | Ikeda S.,Uwajima City Hospital | Katsumata Y.,University of Kentucky | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging | Year: 2015

This study investigated the relationship between the degree of atherosclerotic changes in the descending thoracic aorta (TA) and the coronary artery using angioscopy. Twenty-five consecutive patients undergoing angioscopy of the TA and coronary angiography were enrolled in this study. Participants were divided into three groups according to the angioscopic grading of the TA: white plaque group (W-group), yellow plaque group (Y-group) and intensive yellow, ruptured plaque with ulceration and/or thrombus group (RP-group). The maximum plaque grade, plaque score, number of yellow plaques, frequency of yellow-plaque grades by coronary angioscopy, and SYNTAX score by coronary angiography were evaluated. Brachial-artery pulse wave velocity and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein level tended to be higher in the RP-group than in the other groups, although the differences were not statistically significant. The SYNTAX score was significantly higher in the RP-group than in the W-group (W-group 4.0 ± 3.6 vs. RP-group 17.5 ± 10.0, P = 0.045). In addition, the angioscopic maximum plaque grade, plaque score, and number of yellow plaques in the RP-group were significantly higher than in the W-group (maximum plaque grade W-group 0.8 ± 0.4 vs. RP-group 1.8 ± 0.8, P = 0.026; plaque score W-group 1.0 ± 1.2 vs. RP-group 4.0 ± 1.4, P = 0.014; and number of yellow plaques W-group 1.0 ± 1.2 vs. RP-group 2.5 ± 0.5, P = 0.023). The yellow-plaque grade in the coronary artery was correlated significantly with the plaque grading of TA (P = 0.043). Our study suggests that the angioscopic progression of aortic atherosclerosis is closely associated with vulnerability to and the extent of coronary stenosis, indicating that vulnerability toward atherosclerotic plaque development occurs simultaneously in the coronary tree and systemic arteries. © 2015, The Author(s). Source

Inoue K.,Ehime University | Okayama H.,Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital | Nishimura K.,Ehime University | Nagai T.,Ehime University | And 10 more authors.
Circulation Journal | Year: 2013

Background: The interventricular septum in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) has a unique shape, which is characterized by the convex curvature toward the left ventricle (LV). The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between curvature of the LV wall and regional myocardial strain. Methods and Results: Fifty-six patients with HC (mean age, 55±12 years) and 20 age- and sex-matched control subjects (mean age, 56±8 years) were enrolled. The curvature index (1/radius) was measured by drawing along the endocardial surface from the apical 4-chamber and short axis views. Peak systolic strain was calculated in the septal and lateral walls using 2-D speckle tracking echocardiography. The septal curvature index and septal longitudinal strain were significantly lower in the HC group than in the control group. A multivariate model using the HC patient data showed that the septal curvature index and septal thickness were the independent determinants of septal longitudinal strain (septal curvature index: β=-0.421, P<0.001; septal thickness: β=0.401, P=0.002). In addition, global longitudinal strain and E/e' were worse in the lower septal curvature index group compared with the higher group. Conclusions: Septal longitudinal strain is associated with the degree of septal curvature. This indicates a possible link between LV wall configuration and regional myocardial function. Source

Saito M.,Kitaishikai Hospital | Okayama H.,Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital | Yoshii T.,Kitaishikai Hospital | Higashi H.,Kitaishikai Hospital | And 10 more authors.
European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging | Year: 2012

Aims: Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) has been reported to be associated with myocardial fibrosis and cardiac events. In patients with HCM, two-dimensional (2D) strain can identify subclinical global systolic dysfunction despite normal left ventricular (LV) chamber function. Therefore, this study tested the hypothesis that global 2D strain could detect subtle myocardial fibrosis and serve as a novel prognostic parameter in HCM patients. Methods and results: Echocardiography and MRI were performed in 48 consecutive patients with HCM and normal chamber function. We measured global longitudinal strain (GLS) in apical two-chamber, four-chamber, and long-axis views using speckle-tracking analysis. The extent of LGE (%LGE = LGE volume/total LV volume) and LV mass index were calculated by MRI using Simpson's rule and custom software. All patientswere followed up for major cardiac events. Global longitudinal strain in patients with LGE was significantly lower than that without LGE (-11.8±2.8 vs. -15.0±1.7%, P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that GLS was an independent predictor of %LGE (standard coefficient = 0.627, P < 0.001). During a mean follow-up period of 42±12 months, five patients had cardiac events. When the patients were stratified based on the median level of GLS (-12.9%), all events were observed in the worse GLS group (P = 0.018). Conclusion: These results suggest that global 2D strain might provide useful information on myocardial fibrosis and cardiac events in HCM patients with normal chamber function. © The Author 2012. Source

Inoue K.,Ehime University | Okayama H.,Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital | Nishimura K.,Ehime University | Saito M.,Kitaishikai Hospital | And 8 more authors.
Circulation Journal | Year: 2011

Background: Right ventricular (RV) pacing alters left ventricular (LV) mechanical activation, resulting in adverse impacts on LV function. This study was aimed to investigate the acute effect of RV apical (RVA) and septal pacing (RVS) on LV dyssynchrony and function using speckle tracking echocardiography. Methods and Results: The 103 patients (74±9 years) with symptomatic bradyarrhythmia and preserved LV ejection fraction, and 50 age-matched control subjects were studied. All patients received a permanent pacemaker and were randomly assigned into 2 groups (RVA: n=51, RVS: n=52). After insertion, patients underwent an echocardiographic study during RV pacing. LV dyssynchrony and global strain parameters were analyzed using speckle tracking echocardiography. The QRS width and dyssynchrony indices by longitudinal and radial strain were significantly greater in RVA than in both the control and RVS. The LV longitudinal dyssynchrony index was significantly related to global longitudinal strain (GLS) among 103 patients receiving RV pacing (R2=0.25, P<0.0001). The GLS in RVA were the lowest among the 3 groups (GLS: Control: -18.2±2.4%, RVA: -14.3±3.1%, P<0.001 vs. control, RVS: -16.8±2.7%, P<0.01 vs. RVA). Conclusions: RVA created heterogeneous LV contraction, which resulted in deteriorated LV longitudinal contraction. RVS could be a better pacing alternative in terms of less LV dyssynchrony and better longitudinal function compared to RVA. Source

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