Kun Joo Rhee

Inje University Paik Hospital, Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Augmentation index (AIx) and pulse pressure amplification (PPA, here the aortic/brachial pulse pressure ratio) are an age-related emerging risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, it has not been clearly shown that AIx and PPA predict a high risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to investigate the association between non-invasively measured aortic wave reflection (AWR) and PPA and CAD. METHODS: The study group consisted of 80 patients who were admitted to our institute for elective coronary angiography. We non-invasively measured augmentation pressure (AP), AIx, and PPA using radial applanation tonometry. RESULTS: When the extent of CAD was divided by no or minimal CAD, 1- or 2- and 3-vessel disease (VD), there was a significant association between the extent of CAD and AIx and PPA in patients aged <65 years, but not in patients aged ≥65 years. In multivariate regression analysis after controlling the traditional risk factors, the odds ratio of having 3VD was significant in patients aged <65 years: 2.15 (1.04-4.44; p=0.039) per 5% increase of AIx and 2.02 (1.15-3.55; p=0.015) per 0.05 increase of PPA, but not in patients aged ≥65 years. The severity of CAD expressed as a Gensini score showed a significant correlation with AP, AIx, and PPA in patients aged <65 years, but not in patients aged ≥65 years. CONCLUSION: Increasing of non-invasively measured AWR and PPA is related to the severity of CAD, particularly in younger patients up to 65 years of age.
    Journal of Cardiology 05/2013; · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Primary cardiac lymphoma (PCL) is a rare disorder, but the incidence is increasing and its clinical manifestations are various. We report a case of PCL, which mimics an acute coronary and aortic syndrome. A 51 year-old female was presented with chest pain radiating to the back. Her initial electrocardiogram revealed T wave inversion in the leads of V 5-6, II, III and aVF. Additionally, cardiac troponin-T was slightly elevated. Chest radiography showed marked mediastinal widening. Computed tomography scan showed a huge pericardial mass. The histopathologic findings of the mass were compatible with diffuse large B cell lymphoma. She died of refractory ventricular tachycardia, probably, due to an extensive infiltration of PCL to the myocardium.
    Korean Circulation Journal 11/2012; 42(11):776-80.
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: It is well known that cardiac rehabilitation (CR) including regular exercise training (ET) is cardioprotective with respect to clinical events in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, it is not known whether the regular ET may affect coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting in AMI. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of regular ET on a stented coronary segment and its association with inflammatory markers in AMI. METHODS: Consecutively 74 AMI patients who underwent PCI with implantation of a drug-eluting stent and 9month follow-up angiography were included. Thirty seven patients who received CR with ET were assigned to the ET group. Another 37 patients who did not participate in ET, of similar age to those of participants, were assigned to the control group. At 9months, angiographic restenosis measured as in-segment late luminal loss of the stented coronary artery was analyzed via quantitative coronary angiography using CAAS 5.9. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics including age, sex, body mass index, smoking, DM, hypertension, lipid profile, use of statin, and complete blood cell between two groups. On 9month follow-up angiography, late luminal loss per stent was significantly smaller in the ET group compared to the control group (0.14±0.57 vs. 0.54±0.88mm, p=0.02). Maximal oxygen consumption (VO(2)max) significantly improved in the ET group after 9months (27.9±6.4 vs. 30.8±5.2mL/kg/min, p<0.001). Increment in high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) was significantly larger in the ET group at 9months (0.15±0.12 vs. 0.04±0.24mg/dL, p=0.03). CONCLUSION: Regular ET contributes to a significant reduction in late luminal loss in the stented coronary segment in AMI patients. This effect was associated with increased exercise capacity and increased HDL-C.
    International journal of cardiology 07/2012; · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between non-invasively (NIA) and invasively assessed (IA) aortic pulsatile indices and the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). The study group consisted of 58 patients who were admitted to our institute for elective coronary angiography (CAG). We measured the aortic systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure (BP) using non-invasive and invasive techniques. We assessed the pulsatile indices of the aortic pressure waveform (APW) including pulse pressure (PP), fractional PP (FPP, the ratio of PP to mean BP) and pulsatility index (PI, the ratio of PP to diastolic BP). The severity of CAD was assessed by Gensini score. IA aortic PP, FPP and PI were significantly higher in patients with CAD than without CAD, but NIA indices did not show significant differences between two groups. After multivariate stepwise adjustment, the odds ratio (OR) and confidence interval (CI) of having significant CAD was: PP per 10 mmHg, OR = 2.51 (95% CI 1.12-5.63); FPP per 0.1, OR = 3.30 (95% CI 1.25-8.72); and PI per 0.1, OR = 1.88 (95% CI 1.09-3.23). In linear regression analysis, IA aortic systolic BP (SBP), PP, FPP and PI were significantly correlated with Gensini score, but NIA indices were not correlated. The NIA aortic PP was lower than IA aortic PP (mean difference: 6.1 ± 15.8 mmHg). IA aortic PP, FPP and PI were related to the presence and severity of CAD, but NIA assessed indices of APW were not related. NIA aortic PP underestimated IA aortic PP.
    Blood pressure 03/2011; 20(5):309-16. · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Aspiration thrombectomy (AT) during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is an effective adjunctive therapy for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). An elevated neutrophil count in STEMI is associated with microvascular dysfunction and adverse outcomes. We evaluated whether AT can improve microvascular dysfunction in patients with STEMI and an elevated neutrophil count. Seventy patients with STEMI undergoing primary PCI from August 2007 to February 2009 in our institution were classified by tertiles of neutrophil count on admission (<5,300/mm(3), 5,300-7,600/mm(3), and >7,600/mm(3)). The angiographic outcome was post-procedural thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grade. Microvascular dysfunction was assessed by TIMI myocardial perfusion (TMP) grade and ST-segment resolution on electrocardiography 90 minutes after PCI. The clinical outcome was major adverse cardiac event (MACE), defined as cardiac death, re-infarction, and target lesion revascularization at 9 months. There were no significant differences in the clinical characteristics and pre- and post-procedural TIMI flow grades between the neutrophil tertiles. As the neutrophil count increased, a lower tendency toward TMP grade 3 (83% vs. 52% vs. 54%, p=0.06) and more persistent residual ST-segment elevation (>4 mm: 13% vs. 26% vs. 58%, p=0.005) was observed. The 9-month MACE rate was similar between the groups. On subgroup analysis of AT patients (n=52) classified by neutrophil tertiles, the same tendency toward less frequent TMP grade 3 (77% vs. 56% vs. 47%, p=0.06) and persistent residual ST-segment elevation (>4 mm: 12% vs. 28% vs. 53%, p=0.05) was observed as neutrophil count increased. A higher neutrophil count at presentation in STEMI is associated with more severe microvascular dysfunction after primary PCI, which is not improved with AT.
    Korean Circulation Journal 02/2011; 41(2):68-75.
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    ABSTRACT: Primary cardiac lymphomas (PCL) are extremely rare. Clinical manifestations may be variable and are attributed to location. Here, we report on a case of PCL presenting with atrioventricular (AV) block. A 55 year-old male had experienced chest discomfort with unexplained dyspnea and night sweating. His initial electrocardiogram (ECG) revealed a first degree AV block. Along with worsening chest discomfort and dyspnea, his ECG changed to show second degree AV block (Mobitz type I). Computed tomography (CT) scan showed a cardiac mass (about 7 cm) and biopsy was performed. Pathologic finding confirmed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The patient was treated with multi-drug combination chemotherapy (R-CHOP: Rituximab, cyclophoshamide, anthracycline, vincristine, and prednisone). After treatment, ECG changed to show normal sinus rhythm with complete remission on follow-up CT scan.
    Korean Circulation Journal 02/2010; 40(2):94-8.
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    ABSTRACT: Primary cardiac angiosarcoma is a very rare disease with a poor prognosis. We report a case of a patient with a primary cardiac angiosarcoma who presented with cardiac tamponade; the angiosarcoma was successfully resected surgically.
    Korean Circulation Journal 02/2010; 40(2):86-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Ventricular perforation is a rare complication of permanent cardiac pacemaker implantation. We report here on a 68-year-old woman with a dual chamber permanent pacemaker that had been implanted one month earlier, and she suffered cardiac perforation from the pacemaker lead. Frequent follow-up via12-lead surface electrocardiography and chest radiography and the proper work-up for pacemaker implantation are needed for detecting rare compli- cations after pacemaker implantation. (Korean Circulation J 2007;37:453-457)
    Korean Circulation Journal 01/2007; 37(9).

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20 Citations
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  • 2011
    • Inje University Paik Hospital
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • 2008
    • Inje University
      Kŭmhae, South Gyeongsang, South Korea