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Publications (2)7.28 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Background: With respect to endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), the development of advanced techniques and devices, namely, Cook Zenith and Gore Excluder, has helped overcome device-related problems, including device migration. Deformities of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) can influence the long-term outcome of EVAR. The post-implantation behavior of stent grafts in AAAs with a severely angulated neck (SAN) was examined. Methods and Results: Among 190 AAA patients who underwent EVAR, 46 had SAN of more than 60 degrees. The post-implantation angle and adverse events were evaluated. Forty-one patients (89%) showed straightening of the neck angle immediately after the operation (early), with 2 types of subsequent (late) configuration changes - recoil and additional straightening. Among 34 Excluder patients, 29 showed immediate straightening, without additional straightening and 8 exhibited recoil. All 12 Zenith patients showed immediate straightening; 7 subsequently exhibited additional straightening, and none of them showed recoil. A difference (P=0.04) was noted between the 2 devices in the late angle changes. In all cases, no migration was observed at the proximal sites. Conclusions: The post-implantation configuration changes in stent placement in AAA patients with SAN were different for Excluder and Zenith. Appropriate device selection and proper planning of the procedure is necessary for EVAR.
    Circulation Journal 05/2013; · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A strong degree of co-existence between coronary artery disease (CAD) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is widely acknowledged, however, it remains to be elucidated whether the existence of CAD is associated with an accelerated expansion rate of AAA. Also, the relationship between preoperative CAD and postoperative major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) has not been examined in Japanese patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the deleterious effects of CAD on the progression of AAA and the onset of postoperative MACE after elective AAA repair. A retrospective cohort study of 665 consecutive Japanese patients who underwent elective surgical repair for infrarenal AAA at 2 high-volume Tokyo hospitals from 2003 through 2010 was performed. Preoperative CAD was shown to be a significant determinant of postoperative MACE (HR 2.29; 95%CI, 1.12-4.66; p=0.02). In the analysis of 510 patients for whom there were at least 2 follow-up CT scans of the size of their AAA before repair, the existence of CAD was shown to be inversely associated with the accelerated expansion rate of AAA. This study on the patients undergone elective repair for infrarenal AAA identified an inverse association between the existence of CAD and progression of AAA as well as the significant impact of preoperative CAD on the occurrence of postoperative MACE after elective AAA repair.
    Atherosclerosis 03/2012; 222(1):278-83. · 3.71 Impact Factor