Fumiki Yoshihara

National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of the aldosterone blocker eplerenone and thiazide-like diuretic indapamide on blood pressure (BP) and target organs with reference to salt intake in hypertensive outpatients. Twenty hypertensive patients (nine women and 11 men, mean age 71 ± 13 years) with inadequate BP control despite taking calcium channel blockers (CCBs) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) were administered eplerenone (50 mg/day) or indapamide (1 mg/day) for 3 months each in a randomized crossover manner. Salt intake, BP and indices of organ damage were assessed at baseline and at the end of each treatment period. Eplerenone and indapamide were similarly effective in lowering office and home BPs. Both the treatments significantly reduced the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and increased serum uric acid levels. The treatment with eplerenone significantly increased serum potassium levels, whereas the treatment with indapamide significantly decreased them. The treatment with eplerenone significantly decreased pulse wave velocity and urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine levels. These changes were not significantly affected by the treatment with indapamide. In conclusion, eplerenone and indapamide were similarly effective in lowering office and home BPs in hypertensive patients treated with CCBs and ARBs. Eplerenone may exert more favorable effects on arterial stiffness and oxidative stress.
    Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 05/2015; DOI:10.3109/10641963.2015.1026041 · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To identify candidates for PTRA in terms of the preservation of renal function, we herein evaluated factors that caused worsening renal function (WRF) after PTRA. We evaluated 92 patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis (mean age 70.7 ± 8.4 years). WRF was defined as a ≥0.3 mg/dL increase in creatinine levels after PTRA compared to before PTRA. A total of 92 patients exhibited non-WRF 83 (90.2%), WRF 9 (9.8%). Significant differences were observed in serum creatinine levels between two groups both before (non-WRF 1.34 ± 0.49 versus WRF 1.70 ± 0.68 mg/dL, p = 0.0462) and after PTRA (non-WRF 1.31 ± 0.43 versus WRF 2.42 ± 1.12 mg/dL, p < 0.0001). Patients with WRF had higher comorbidity rate of diabetes mellitus (DM) (non-WRF 31.3% versus WRF 66.7%, p = 0.0345) and proteinuria (non-WRF 27.7% versus WRF 66.7%, p = 0.0169), and had higher systolic blood pressure (non-WRF 143.6 ± 18.7 versus WRF 157.1 ± 19.9 mmHg, p = 0.0436), higher plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels, and larger left atrial and left ventricular end-diastolic dimensions before PTRA. Patients with WRF had a higher rate of taking diuretics (non-WRF 27.7% versus WRF 66.7%, p = 0.0169) after PTRA. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that comorbidity of DM was an independent related factor for WRF (comorbidity of DM, yes: OR 31.0, 95% CI 2.44-1024.62, p = 0.0055). Comorbidity of DM, coexisting of proteinuria, high creatinine level, high blood pressure, high BNP levels, and large left atrial and ventricular dimensions were related to WRF after PTRA in patients with atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis.
    Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 04/2015; DOI:10.3109/10641963.2015.1013125 · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Risk stratification of acute kidney injury (AKI) is important for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). The aim of this study was to determine whether clinical markers, such as the blood urea nitrogen/creatinine ratio (BUN/Cr) or BUN or creatinine values alone, stratify the risk of AKI for mortality.Methods and Results:In all, 371 consecutive ADHF patients were enrolled in the study. AKI was defined as serum creatinine ≥0.3 mg/dl or a 1.5-fold increase in serum creatinine levels within 48 h. During ADHF therapy, AKI occurred in 99 patients; 55 patients died during the 12-month follow-up period. Grouping patients according to AKI and a median BUN/Cr at admission of 22.1 (non-AKI+low BUN/Cr, non-AKI+high BUN/Cr, AKI+low BUN/Cr, and AKI+high BUN/Cr groups) revealed higher mortality in the AKI+high BUN/Cr group (log-rank test, P<0.001). Cox's proportional hazard analysis revealed an association between AKI+high BUN/Cr and mortality, whereas the association with AKI+low BUN/Cr did not reach statistical significance. When patients were grouped according to AKI and median BUN or creatinine values at admission, AKI was associated with mortality, regardless of BUN or creatinine. The combination of AKI and elevated BUN/Cr, but not BUN or creatinine individually, is linked with an increased risk of mortality in ADHF patients, suggesting that the BUN/Cr is useful for risk stratification of AKI.
    Circulation Journal 04/2015; DOI:10.1253/circj.CJ-14-1360 · 3.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aerobic exercise has been recommended in the management of hypertension. However, few studies have examined the effect of walking on ambulatory blood pressure (BP), and no studies have employed home BP monitoring. We investigated the effects of daily walking on office, home, and 24-h ambulatory BP in hypertensive patients. Sixty-five treated or untreated patients with essential hypertension (39 women and 26 men, 60 ± 9 years) were examined in a randomized cross-over design. The patients were asked to take a daily walk of 30–60 min to achieve 10 000 steps/d for 4 weeks, and to maintain usual activities for another 4 weeks. The number of steps taken and home BP were recorded everyday. Measurement of office and ambulatory BP, and sampling of blood and urine were performed at the end of each period. The average number of steps were 5349 ± 2267/d and 10 049 ± 3403/d in the control and walking period, respectively. Body weight and urinary sodium excretion did not change. Office, home, and 24-h BP in the walking period were lower compared to the control period by 2.6 ± 9.4/1.3 ± 4.9 mmHg (p < 0.05), 1.6 ± 6.8/1.5 ± 3.7 mmHg (p < 0.01), and 2.4 ± 7.6/1.8 ± 5.3 mmHg (p < 0.01), respectively. Average 24-h heart rate and serum triglyceride also decreased significantly. The changes in 24-h BP with walking significantly correlated with the average 24-h BP in the control period. In conclusion, daily walking lowered office, home, and 24-h BP, and improved 24-h heart rate and lipid metabolism in hypertensive patients. However, the small changes in BP may limit the value of walking as a non-pharmacologic therapy for hypertension.
    Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 03/2015; DOI:10.3109/10641963.2015.1013115 · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The purpose of the present study was to investigate awareness of salt restriction and actual salt intake in hypertensive patients at a hypertension clinic and general clinic. Subjects included 330 patients, with a mean age of 69 ± 12 years, who were followed at a hypertension clinic and 200 patients, with a mean age of 67 ± 11 years, who were followed at a general clinic. We estimated 24-h salt excretion using spot urine samples and checked the awareness of salt intake using a self-description questionnaire. The number of antihypertensive drugs available at the hypertension clinic was significantly higher than that at the general clinic (2.2 ± 1.1 versus 1.6 ± 0.9, p < 0.01); however, no significant difference was observed in office systolic blood pressure between the two groups. Urinary salt excretion was significantly lower at the hypertension clinic than at the general clinic (8.7 ± 2.5 versus 9.3 ± 2.5 g/d, p < 0.01). The rate of achievement of salt intake <6 g/d was 15% at the hypertension clinic and 6% at the general clinic. In patients with excessive salt intake (≥10 g/d), 28% of patients at the hypertensive clinic and 23% at the general clinic thought that their salt intake was low. Urinary salt excretion in hypertensive patients was lower at a hypertensive clinic than at a general clinic. This may be due to the professional nutritional guidance at the hypertension clinic. However, most patients could not comply with the guidelines, and the awareness of salt restriction in patients with excessive salt intake was low.
    Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 12/2014; 37(2):1-4. DOI:10.3109/10641963.2014.933965 · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Since acute kidney injury (AKI) is not always related to mortality in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), the aim of this study was to focus on onset time of AKI and its clinical importance. A total of 371 ADHF patients were included. The impact of AKI (≥0.3 mg/dl or 1.5-fold increase in serum creatinine level within 48 h) with early onset (≤4 days from admission) or late onset (≥5 days from admission) was assessed. AKI occurred in 99 patients, who were divided into two groups according to the median onset time of AKI: 50 with early onset of AKI and 49 with late onset of AKI. The maximum increase in serum creatinine level from admission was greater in patients with late onset of AKI than in patients with early onset of AKI (p = 0.012). Patients with late onset of AKI had a higher 12-month mortality rate than that in patients with early onset of AKI (log-rank test, p = 0.014). Late onset of AKI was an independent predictor of mortality (hazard ratio: 3.39, 95 % confidence interval: 1.84-6.18, p < 0.001). Late onset of AKI was associated with high blood urea nitrogen level at admission and intravenous administration of dobutamine. In conclusion, late onset of AKI related to high blood urea nitrogen level and intravenous administration of dobutamine, but not early onset of AKI, is linked to high mortality rate. Onset time of AKI may be useful for risk stratification of mortality in ADHF patients developing AKI.
    Heart and Vessels 08/2014; DOI:10.1007/s00380-014-0572-x · 2.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The infusion of chronic angiotensin II (Ang II) has been shown to promote renal interstitial fibrosis. To evaluate the pathophysiological significance of the natriuretic peptide-GC-A system, we infused Ang II (1.0 mg/kg/day) in GC-A-deficient mice (GC-A-KO).
    Clinical and Experimental Nephrology 05/2014; DOI:10.1007/s10157-014-0982-1 · 1.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Blood pressure (BP) control in hypertensives has improved in recent years; however, it remains insufficient. We investigated the trend of BP control status in hypertensive patients with antihypertensive medication and salt intake. Two hundred and eight treated hypertensive patients were prospectively followed between 2007 and 2012. During this period, average clinic BP significantly decreased from 137 ± 12/80 ± 9 to 133 ± 11/76 ± 8 mmHg, and the achievement rate of BP control defined as <140/90 mmHg increased from 58% to 71% (p < 0.01). Morning home BP also significantly decreased from 132 ± 8/80 ± 8 to 130 ± 8/76 ± 7 mmHg, and the percentage of patients with sustained hypertension (CBP ≥140/90 mmHg and HBP ≥135/85 mmHg) decreased from 27% to 16% (p < 0.05). The number of antihypertensive drugs increased significantly from 2.1 ± 1.2 to 2.3 ± 1.1 (p < 0.01), while no differences were observed in urinary salt excretion (9.0 ± 2.4 g/day in 2007, 9.0 ± 2.6 g/day in 2012). Office and home BP decreased and the rate of BP control increased in treated hypertensive patients in the past 5 years. Intensive pharmacological therapy, but not a reduction in salt intake appears to have contributed to improved BP control.
    Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 04/2014; 36(2):103-7. DOI:10.3109/10641963.2014.892118 · 1.46 Impact Factor
  • Hypertension 05/2013; 61(5):E48-E48. DOI:10.1161/HYP.0b013e31828c2994 · 7.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) has emerged as a predictor of cardiovascular events. Home blood pressure (BP) is more closely associated with cardiovascular prognosis than clinic BP. The aim of this study was to compare the progression of carotid IMT with respect to strict and mild control of morning home systolic BP (SBP) and amlodipine- and losartan-based antihypertensive therapy in hypertensive patients. Subjects included 80 hypertensive outpatients who participated in the Hypertension Control Based on Home Systolic Pressure (HOSP) pilot study. After a 1-month drug-free period, the patients were randomly assigned to either the strict control group (target SBP <130 mm Hg) or the mild control group (130-139 mm Hg) and to either the amlodipine group or the losartan group. Additional antihypertensive drugs were added if target BP was not achieved with monotherapy. Morning SBP achieved target levels during 5 years in the strict control group and in the mild control group, while it was comparable between amlodipine and losartan groups. In all patients, mean and maximum carotid IMT increased significantly. Changes in carotid IMT did not differ between strict and mild control groups. Changes in mean carotid IMT in amlodipine group were smaller than those in losartan group at year 1, but were not different between the two groups at year 5. In conclusion, carotid IMT increased over time in hypertensive patients in spite of the strict control of home BP. Amlodipine may slow the progression of IMT more than losartan, although a difference was not obvious after 5 years.
    Clinical and Experimental Hypertension 03/2013; DOI:10.3109/10641963.2013.780074 · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It has been suggested that fibrates, lipid-lowering agents with a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α agonistic property, lower blood pressure (BP) in some experimental models of hypertension. However, the effect of fibrates on BP in humans has been inconsistent, and there are few studies using home or ambulatory BP monitoring. We investigated the effects of bezafibrate on office, home and ambulatory BP in hypertensive patients with dyslipidemia. Thirty-two essential hypertensive patients with dyslipidemia (6 men and 26 women, mean age 65±8 years old) were assigned to a control period and a bezafibrate period (200 mg twice daily) for 8 weeks each in a randomized crossover manner. Bezafibrate significantly reduced serum triglyceride, total and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, blood glucose, plasma insulin, the homeostasis model assessment ratio and increased high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol. Compared with the control period, changes in office, home and 24-h BP with bezafibrate were -0.7±2.1/-1.6±1.2 mm Hg, +0.9±1.0/-0.5±0.6 and +0.8±1.4/-0.6±0.9 mm Hg, respectively. None of these differences in BP was significant. In conclusion, bezafibrate improved lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity but did not affect office, home or ambulatory BP in hypertensive patients with dyslipidemia. Fibrates do not appear to lower BP in patients with essential hypertension.Journal of Human Hypertension advance online publication, 20 December 2012; doi:10.1038/jhh.2012.64.
    Journal of human hypertension 12/2012; DOI:10.1038/jhh.2012.64 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The renal resistive index (RI) measured using Doppler ultrasonography has been used as a diagnostic tool in the daily work-up of kidney diseases. A better understanding of its relationship with preclinical organ damage may help in determining overall cardiovascular risk in hypertensive patients.Methods We evaluated the association between RI and the presence and degree of target organ damage (TOD) in 288 (130 male) essential hypertensive patients. RI, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), and left ventricular (LV) mass index were assessed by ultrasound scan. Albuminuria was measured as the albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) in three consecutive first morning urine samples.ResultsIn univariate analysis, patients with TOD showed significantly higher RI as compared with those without TOD (presence vs. absence of carotid wall thickening, LV hypertrophy, and albuminuria, P < 0.01, respectively). The severity of each TOD increased progressively from the lower to the upper RI tertile. Multiple logistic regression analysis found that each standard deviation increase in RI gave a 47% higher odds of having LV hypertrophy, and a 70% higher odds of having albuminuria (P < 0.05, respectively). The occurrence of at least two signs of TOD also significantly increased in parallel with elevation of RI (odds ratio (OR): 1.89 for 1 s.d. increase, P < 0.01).Conclusions These results suggest that increased RI may be a marker of subclinical TOD in patients with essential hypertension.American Journal of Hypertension 2012; doi:10.1038/ajh.2012.113.
    American Journal of Hypertension 08/2012; DOI:10.1038/ajh.2012.113 · 3.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Increased renal restive index (RI) measured using Doppler ultrasonography has been shown to correlate with the degree of renal impairment in hypertensive patients. We investigated the prognostic role of RI in cardiovascular and renal outcomes. A total of 426 essential hypertensive subjects (mean age, 63 years; 50% female) with no previous cardiovascular disease were included in this study. Renal segmental arterial RI was measured by duplex Doppler ultrasonography. During follow-up (mean, 3.1 years), 57 participants developed the primary composite end points including cardiovascular and renal outcomes. In multivariate Cox regression analysis, RI was an independent predictor of worse outcome in total subjects (hazard ratio, 1.71 for 1 SD increase), as well as in patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 mL/min per 1.73 m(2) (hazard ratio, 2.11 for 1 SD increase; P<0.01, respectively). When divided into 4 groups based on the respective sex-specific median levels of RI in the eGFR ≥60 and eGFR <60 mL/min per 1.73 m(2) groups, the group with eGFR <60 and high RI (male ≥0.73, female ≥0.72) had a significantly poorer event-free survival rate (χ(2)=126.4; P<0.01), and the adjusted hazard ratio by multivariate Cox regression analysis was 9.58 (95% CI, 3.26-32.89; P<0.01). In conclusion, impairment of renal hemodynamics evaluated by increased RI is associated with an increased risk of primary composite end points, and the combination of high RI and low eGFR is a powerful predictor of these diseases in essential hypertension. In hypertensive patients with chronic kidney disease, RI evaluation may complement predictors of cardiovascular and renal outcomes.
    Hypertension 07/2012; 60(3):770-7. DOI:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.112.196717 · 7.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Salt intake is still high and many hypertensive patients do not follow guidelines in Japan. We evaluated the feasibility of self-measurement of salt intake at home using an electronic device in hypertensive patients. We also studied changes in salt intake and blood pressure with self-measurement of salt intake. Design and methods: Eighty treated hypertensive patients (mean age 67) were randomly assigned to salt intake self-measurement group (Salt group, n = 40) or control group (n = 40). Electronic monitors that estimate daily salt intake from overnight urine were provided to Salt group. They were asked to measure salt intake everyday for the first month, then once a week for the next 11 months. Salt intake from 24-hour urine was determined and office and home blood pressure were measured in both groups during the study period. Results: At baseline, average salt intake from 24-hour urine was 9.9 g/day in the whole patients. Ninety percent of the Salt group patients were able to measure salt intake as instructed. Average estimated daily salt intake during the first week was 9.8 g, and that during the fourth week and after 12 months were 9.6 g and 9.2 g, respectively. The amount of self-measured salt intake did not change significantly. Blood pressure and 24-hour urinary Na excretion also did not change significantly in either group. Conclusions: Self-measurement of daily salt intake from overnight urine using an electronic device is feasible. However, amount of salt intake and BP did not change significantly with introduction of the self-measurement.
    Journal of Hypertension 01/2012; 30:e305-e306. DOI:10.1097/01.hjh.0000420509.86230.ba · 4.22 Impact Factor
  • International Journal of Cardiology 10/2011; 152. DOI:10.1016/j.ijcard.2011.08.713 · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). We previously reported renal parenchymal damage in autopsy subjects with stroke or abdominal aortic aneurysm. The aim of this study is to evaluate the relationship between renal histology and clinical characteristics of patients with myocardial infarction (MI). A total of 699 subjects were autopsied at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Hospital. We retrospectively evaluated all autopsy cases with MI (n = 123). Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was calculated using the Japanese formula. Subjects were classified into four groups: 25 subjects with eGFR ≥ 60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) and no proteinuria (no CKD), 10 subjects with eGFR ≥ 60 and proteinuria (CKD1/2), 65 subjects with 60 > eGFR ≥ 30 (CKD3), and 23 subjects with eGFR < 30 (CKD4/5). Renal parenchymal damage was evaluated using a semi-quantitative histological score (score 0-3) for glomerulosclerosis, interstitial fibrosis, tubular atrophy, arteriolar hyalinosis, and arteriosclerosis of medium-sized artery (maximum score = 15). The mean histological score was significantly higher in patients with CKD3 and CKD4/5 and was associated with age, hypertension, diabetes, kidney function, proteinuria, and other CVD. In patients with MI, renal parenchymal damage and deteriorating kidney function are closely associated.
    Renal Failure 08/2011; 33(9):847-52. DOI:10.3109/0886022X.2011.605531 · 0.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Inflammation is associated with the development of atherosclerotic vascular lesions and some inflammatory parameters are used as cardiovascular (CV) risk markers. The present study was designed to assess the predictive power of interleukin (IL)-6 for future CV events. In 121 Japanese patients with multiple CV risk factors and/or disease, serum concentrations of IL-6 and high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were measured. During follow-up periods (mean, 2.9 years) after the baseline assessment, 50 patients newly experienced CV events such as stroke/transient ischemic attack (n=10), heart failure hospitalization (n=6), acute coronary syndrome (n=7), and revascularization for coronary artery disease (n=15) and peripheral arterial disease (n=12). The serum level of IL-6, but not hs-CRP, was significantly higher in patients who had CV events than in event-free subjects (3.9±2.6 and 3.0±2.2 pg/mL, P=0.04). When the patients were divided into three groups by tertiles of basal levels of IL-6 (<1.85, 1.85-3.77, and ≥3.77 pg/mL), cumulative event-free rates by the Kaplan-Meier method were decreased according to the increase in basal IL-6 levels (65%, 50%, and 19% in the lowest, middle, and highest tertiles of IL-6, respectively; log-rank test, P=0.002). By univariate Cox regression analysis, previous CV disease, creatinine clearance, and serum IL-6 levels were significantly associated with CV events during follow-up. Among these possible predictors, the highest tertile of IL-6 was only an independent determinant for the morbidity in the multivariate analysis (hazard ratio 2.80 vs. lowest tertile, P=0.006). These findings indicate that IL-6 is a powerful independent predictor of future CV events in high-risk Japanese patients, suggesting its predictive value is superior to that of hs-CRP.
    Cytokine 03/2011; 53(3):342-6. DOI:10.1016/j.cyto.2010.12.005 · 2.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Regulator of G-protein signaling 2 (RGS2) is a key molecule in signal pathways of vasoactive peptides, such as angiotensin II and endothelin 1, and is believed to have an important role in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. We have previously reported that common polymorphisms of RGS2 are associated with hypertension in Japanese. In this study, we studied whether the three previously identified common polymorphisms of RGS2 (-638A>G, 1026T>A and 1891-1892delTC) could be implicated in carotid atherosclerosis in Japanese patients with hypertension (459 men and 382 woman) and in a Japanese general population (814 men and 956 woman). We assessed two criteria for carotid atherosclerosis: maximal intima-media thickness (M-IMT) and mean-IMT. When subjects with atherosclerotic lesions were defined as having mean-IMT≥1.0 mm, multivariate logistic regression analysis performed after adjusting for confounding factors showed a significant association of the three common polymorphisms, -638A>G (AA versus AG+GG: odds ratio (OR), 1.55; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.105-2.185; P=0.0113 only for the general population), 1026T>A (TT versus TA+AA: OR, 1.42; 95% CI, 1.027-1.972; P=0.034 for hypertensive subjects and OR, 1.56; 95% CI, 1.129-2.151; P=0.0071 for the general population), and 1891-1892delTC (II versus ID+DD: OR, 1.44; 95% CI, 1.043-2.008; P=0.028 for hypertensive subjects, OR, 1.32; 95% CI 1.002-1.742; P=0.048 for the total general population and OR 1.59; 95% CI 1.155-2.207; P=0.0047 for the general population), with carotid atherosclerosis. When atherosclerosis was defined as M-IMT 1.0 mm, the values of M-IMT were also significantly different between the three genotypes in the three common polymorphisms. Taken together, these data suggest that genetic polymorphisms in RGS2 are associated with intima-media thickening of carotid artery in humans.
    Hypertension Research 03/2011; 34(6):740-6. DOI:10.1038/hr.2011.25 · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Atherosclerosis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity among hemodialysis patients, but whether it is more severe in hemodialysis patients than in cardiovascular disease patients without chronic kidney disease is unclear. We examined 46 autopsy patients who had undergone hemodialysis, and age and sex-matched 46 patients with cardiovascular disease and an eGFR of >60 mL/min/1.73 m(2). There was no difference in the prevalence of diabetes or hypertension between the groups. We divided the aorta into four segments: A, ascending artery to arch; B, descending artery to diaphragm; C, suprarenal; and D, infrarenal. We used the classification of the American Heart Association to evaluate atherosclerosis progression. Distribution was scored by the extent to which each segment was damaged: 0, none; 1, less than 1/3; 2, more than 1/3 to less than 2/3; 3, more than 2/3. Histological examination revealed that the progression score (P < 0.05) and distribution score (P<0.005) were more severe in the hemodialysis group, especially in segment A. Regression analysis showed that atherosclerosis of segment A was related to age, gender, dyslipidemia, smoking, hemodialysis therapy, and hemodialysis duration. In hemodialysis patients, atherosclerotic changes in the aorta were more severe than in cardiovascular disease patients with an eGFR of >60 mL/min/1.73 m(2). Aortic atherosclerosis was aggravated by traditional and chronic kidney disease-related risk factors.
    Therapeutic apheresis and dialysis: official peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Apheresis, the Japanese Society for Apheresis, the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy 02/2011; 15(1):51-7. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-9987.2010.00873.x · 1.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has recently been recognized to be a powerful predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Atrial fibrillation (AF), which is a common arrhythmia in hypertensives, is associated with increased risks of cardiovascular events and death. However, the association between CKD and the onset of AF has not been fully elucidated. The present study assessed the hypothesis that CKD may influence the onset of AF in hypertensives. A total of 1118 hypertensive patients (mean age, 63 years) without previous paroxysmal AF, heart failure, myocardial infarction, or valvular disease were enrolled. CKD was defined as decreased glomerular filtration rate (<60 ml/min per 1.73 m) and/or the presence of proteinuria (>or=1+). During follow-up periods (mean, 4.5 years), 57 cases of new-onset AF were found (1.1% per year). Kaplan-Meier curves revealed that the cumulative AF event-free rate was decreased in the CKD group (log-rank test P < 0.001). By univariate Cox regression analysis, age, smoking, left atrial dimension, left ventricular mass index, and the presence of CKD were significantly associated with the occurrence of AF. Among these possible predictors, CKD (hazard ratio 2.18, P = 0.009) was an independent determinant for the onset of AF in multivariate analysis. Advanced stages of CKD (stages 4 and 5) were strongly related to the increased occurrence of AF. The present study demonstrated that the complication of CKD, especially progressed renal dysfunction, was a powerful predictor of new-onset AF in hypertensive patients, independently of left ventricular hypertrophy and left atrial dilatation.
    Journal of Hypertension 08/2010; 28(8):1738-44. DOI:10.1097/HJH.0b013e32833a7dfe · 4.22 Impact Factor

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  • 2000–2015
    • National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
      • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
      Ōsaka, Ōsaka, Japan
    • Okayama University
      • Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
      Okayama, Okayama, Japan
  • 2002–2009
    • Dokkyo Medical University
      • Department of Hypertension and Cardiorenal Medicine
      Tochigi, Tochigi-ken, Japan
  • 2006
    • Shimane University
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Matsu, Shimane, Japan
  • 2001–2005
    • Dokkyo University
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan
  • 2004
    • Kagawa University
      Takamatu, Kagawa, Japan
  • 1998–1999
    • Mie University
      • Department of Radiology
      Tu, Mie, Japan
    • Jichi Medical University
      • Division of Cardiology
      Totigi, Tochigi, Japan