Daisuke Fukamachi

Nihon University, Tokyo, Tokyo-to, Japan

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Publications (13)22.59 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Aim: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is implicated in the development of coronary atherosclerosis.We sought to investigate the association between the EAT thickness and presence of multivessel disease (MV) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods: We enrolled 45 consecutive patients with AMI who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The EAT thickness was measured on echocardiography. A follow-up study was performed using coronary angiography with coronary angioscopy two weeks after primary PCI. Results: Based on the angiographic findings, 21 patients had single-vessel disease (SV) and 24 patients had MV. The EAT thickness in the patients with SV was significantly smaller than that in the patients with MV (1.9±0.9 mm vs 2.8±1.3 mm, p=0.005, respectively). A multivariate logistic analysis demonstrated that the EAT thickness was the only independent predictor of MV (odds ratio=1.987, 95% confidence interval: 1.089-3.626, p=0.025). An EAT thickness of 2.3 mm was determined to be the optimal cut-off value for predicting MV, with a sensitivity of 70.8% and specificity of 71.4%. Between the thin EAT (<2.3 mm) and the thick EAT (≥2.3 mm) groups, there were no difference in the number of intense yellow plaques in the non-infarct-related artery evaluated on angioscopy (2.0±2.2 vs 1.8±2.0, p=0.365, respectively). Conclusions: The EAT thickness is closely associated with the presence of MV, but not vessel vulnerability in the non-infarct-related artery, in patients with AMI. Measuring the EAT provides important information for treating patients with AMI.
    Journal of atherosclerosis and thrombosis. 09/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI) is one of the major complications of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We investigated the influence of coronary plaque burden and characteristics on PMI using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) with radiofrequency-based tissue characterization technology (iMAP). The study population consisted of 33 consecutive patients with stable angina pectoris who underwent PCI. IVUS images were recorded before and after PCI for offline analysis, and coronary flow reserve (CFR) was measured after PCI. PMI was defined as a post-PCI cardiac troponin T elevation > 5 × 99(th) percentile of the upper reference limit (0.014 ng/mL). Plaque volume in patients with PMI (n = 12) was significantly greater than that in patients without PMI (n = 21) (240.4 ± 106.0 mm(3) versus 152.1 ± 76.9 mm(3), P = 0.0096). The iMAP-IVUS analysis demonstrated that the fibrotic, lipidic, and necrotic tissue volume within culprit lesions were also greater in patients with PMI than in patients without PMI (129.4 ± 52.2 mm(3) versus 94.6 ± 40.8 mm(3), P = 0.041; 26.8 ± 10.5 mm(3) versus 15.8 ± 11.5 mm(3), P = 0.011; and 81.3 ± 48.4 mm(3) versus 40.2 ± 33.6 mm(3), P = 0.0071, respectively). Multivariate logistic analysis demonstrated that necrotic tissue volume was the only independent predictor of PMI. Multiple regression analysis demonstrated that the post-PCI CFR values signifi cantly correlated with percent plaque burden, and there were no correlations with the percent tissue burden of each plaque component. In conclusion, the iMAP-IVUS analyses demonstrate that necrotic tissue volume is a potent predictor of PMI. Microcirculatory disturbance after PCI is significantly influenced by percent plaque burden, regardless of plaque compositions.
    International heart journal. 07/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Revascularization of an initially non-target site due to its progression as a new culprit lesion has emerged as a new therapeutic target of coronary artery disease (CAD) in the era of drug-eluting stents. Using the Shinken database, a single-hospital-based cohort, we aimed to clarify the incidence and prognostic factors for progression of previously non-significant coronary portions after prior percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in Japanese CAD patients. We selected from the Shinken database a single-hospital-based cohort of Japanese patients (n = 15227) who visited the Cardiovascular Institute between 2004 and 2010 to undergo PCI. This study included 1,214 patients (median follow-up period, 1,032 ± 704 days). Additional clinically driven PCI to treat previously non-significant lesions was performed in 152 patients. The cumulative rate of new-lesion PCI was 9.5 % at 1 year, 14.4 % at 3 years, and 17.6 % at 5 years. There was no difference in background clinical characteristics between patients with and without additional PCI. Prevalence of multi-vessel disease (MVD) (82 vs. 57 %, p < 0.001) and obesity (47 vs. 38 %, p = 0.028) were significantly higher and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) level (51 ± 15 vs. 47 ± 12 mg/dl, p < 0.001) was significantly lower in patients with additional PCI than those without. Patients using insulin (6 vs. 3 %, p = 0.035) were more common in patients with additional PCI. Multivariate analysis showed that MVD, lower HDL, and insulin use were independent determinants of progression of new culprit coronary lesions. In conclusion, progression of new coronary lesions was common and new-lesion PCI continued to occur beyond 1 year after PCI without attenuation of their annual incidences up to 5 years. Greater coronary artery disease burden, low HDL, and insulin-dependent DM were independent predictors of progression of new culprit coronary lesions.
    Heart and Vessels 06/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Hyperglycemia, a risk factor for development of cardiovascular disease, causes endothelial dysfunction. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (alpha-GIs) improve postprandial hyperglycemia (PPHG) and may have favorable effects on associated cardiovascular disease. Effects of alpha-GIs in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and PPHG remain unclear; thus, we assessed the effect of alpha-GI miglitol on endothelial function in such patients by digital reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tonometry (RH-PAT). METHODS: Fifty-four patients with ACS who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention were enrolled in the study: 36 with new-onset PPHG and 18 with normal glucose tolerance. Eighteen PPHG patients were given 50 mg of miglitol with each meal for 1 week. Endothelial function was assessed on the basis of the RH-PAT index (RHI) before and after the 1-week miglitol treatment. The other 18 PPHG patients and the 18 NGT patients were not given any anti-diabetic agent for 1 week, and endothelial function was assessed. RESULTS: Postprandial RHI decreased significantly in patients with PPHG. Miglitol improved PPHG significantly; postprandial RHI also improved (p = 0.007). Significant inverse correlation was found between the postprandial change in RHI and postprandial fasting-to-60-minutes surge in glucose (r = -0.382, p = 0.009). Moreover, the improvement in endothelial function correlated with the reduced postprandial glucose surge achieved with miglitol (r = -0.462, p = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Postprandial changes in glucose are related to endothelial dysfunction in ACS. Miglitol-based improvement in PPHG appears to improve endothelial function. The effect of miglitol on glucose-dependent endothelial function might improve outcomes of ACS.
    Cardiovascular Diabetology 06/2013; 12(1):92. · 4.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The impact of obesity on Japanese patients who undergo primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Within a single hospital-based cohort in the Shinken Database 2004-2010, which comprised all new patients (n=15227) who visited the Cardiovascular Institute, we followed patients who underwent PCI. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE)-death, myocardial infarction, or target lesion revascularization (TLR)-were defined as the composite endpoint. A total of 1205 patients were included in this study (median follow-up of 1037±703 days): 92 lean [body-mass-index (BMI)<20]; 640 normal-weight (BMI=20-24.9); 417 overweight (BMI=25-29.9); and 56 obese (BMI≥30). Mean age decreased and male gender increased with increasing BMI. Classic coronary risk factors were more common in overweight and obese patients than in normal-weight and lean patients. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) was more common in lean patients than in overweight and obese patients. Patients taking dual antiplatelet therapy, statins, beta-blockers, and renin-angiotensin-system inhibitors increased in a BMI-dependent manner. Obese patients had a significantly lower frequency of MACE, all-cause death, cardiac death, and hospital admission for heart failure than lean patients. Multivariate analysis showed that BMI category was independently associated with all-cause death after PCI. CONCLUSION: Over-weight and obese patients were independently associated with favorable long-term clinical outcomes after PCI, suggesting that obesity paradox was applicable to Japanese patients after PCI in real-world clinical setting.
    Journal of Cardiology 05/2013; · 2.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Japan has become an aging society, resulting in an increased prevalence of coronary artery disease. However, clinical outcomes of elderly Japanese patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remain unclear. Of the 15,227 patients in the Shinken Database, a single-hospital-based cohort of new patients, 1,214 patients who underwent PCI, was evaluated to determine the differences in clinical outcomes between the elderly (≥75 years) (n = 260) and the non-elderly (<75 years) (n = 954) patients. A major adverse cardiac event (MACE) was defined as a composite end point, including all-cause death, myocardial infarction (MI), and target lesion revascularization. Male gender and obesity were less common, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was significantly lower in the elderly than in the non-elderly. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was comparable between these groups. Left main trunk disease and multivessel disease were more common in the elderly than in the non-elderly group. Occurrence of MACE was frequent, and the incidences of all-cause death, cardiac death, and the admission rate for heart failure were significantly higher in the elderly patients. Multivariate analysis showed that prior MI, low eGFR, and poor LVEF were independent predictors for all-cause death in the elderly patients. Elderly patients had worse clinical outcomes than the non-elderly patients. Low eGFR and LVEF were independent predictors of all-cause death after PCI, suggesting that left ventricular dysfunction and renal dysfunction might synergistically contribute to the adverse clinical outcomes of the elderly patients undergoing PCI.
    Heart and Vessels 04/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Statins reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality from coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the effects of statin therapy in patients with CAD and chronic kidney disease (CKD) remain unclear. Within a single hospital-based cohort in the Shinken Database 2004-2010 comprising all patients (n = 15,227) who visited the Cardiovascular Institute, we followed patients with CKD and CAD after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular event (MACCE) was defined by composite end points, including death, myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, and target lesion revascularization. A total of 391 patients were included in this study (median follow-up time 905 ± 679 days). Of these, 209 patients used statins. Patients with statin therapy were younger than those without. Obesity and dyslipidemia were more common, and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was significantly higher, in patients undergoing statin treatment. MACCE and cardiac death tended to be less common, and all-cause death was significantly less common, in patients taking statins. Multivariate analysis showed that low estimated GFR, poor left ventricular ejection fraction, and the absence of statin therapy were independent predictors for all-cause death of CKD patients after PCI. Statin therapy was associated with reduced all-cause mortality in patients with CKD and CAD after PCI.
    Heart and Vessels 02/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mortality and morbidity of patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in Japan differ from those in Western countries, although Japanese data are limited. We selected from the Shinken Database a single-hospital-based cohort of Japanese patients (n = 15,227) who visited The Cardiovascular Institute between 2004 and 2010 to undergo PCI. We followed-up the patients after PCI. A major adverse cardiac event (MACE) was defined as composite endpoints including all-cause death, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and target-lesion revascularization (TLR). This study included 747 SAP patients (median follow-up period, 1,000 ± 703 days). The allcause mortality rate in SAP was 1.3% at 1 year, 2.7% at 3 years, and 6.1% at 5 years. The AMI rate was 0.5% at 1 year, 1.1% at 3 years, and 3.0% at 5 years, and the MACE rate was 14.0% at 1 year, 17.6% at 3 years, and 25.6% at 5 years. Moreover, new lesion PCI and heart failure admission continued to occur beyond 1 year after PCI without attenuation of their annual incidences up to 5 years. Multivariate analysis showed that poor left ventricular ejection fraction, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and absence of statin treatment were independent predictors of all-cause death of SAP patients after PCI. The results of the present study revealed the characteristics and long-term outcomes of Japanese SAP patients after PCI. The results of the present study suggest cardiorenal interaction and statin treatment play important roles in the long-term outcomes of Japanese CAD patients treated by PCI.
    International Heart Journal 01/2013; 54(6):335-40. · 1.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite developments in coronary interventional cardiology, plaque calcification is a critical issue of stent expansion. AngioSculpt Scoring Balloon Catheter ® (AngioSculpt; AngioScore Inc., Fremont, CA, USA) can produce more 'scoring' marks, which leads to preven-tion of 'plaque shift' and 'balloon slippage'; moreover, the 'scoring' produces some cutting effect, leading to successful stent implantation even on severe calcified lesions. We have applied AngioSculpt on severe calcified lesions to achieve its adequate expansion, and report the mechanism of the 'scoring' and its efficacy evaluated by three-dimensional stereoscopic reconstruction (3-D) of optical coherence tomography (OCT; LightLab Imaging, Inc., Westford, MA, USA). The patient is a 64-year-old male, who had diffuse stenosis in the left circumflex coronary artery (LCX) with severe calcifications, and was treated using AngioSculpt. AngioSculpt predilatation with a high pressure led to successful stent implantation. The radial scores were clearly imaged by 3-D OCT, demonstrating that radial nitinol wires made spiral indents from the relative weak points at the surface adjacent to calcification, which resulted in a less trau-matic and safe dilatation although the scoring mark was not recognized clearly in intravascular ultrasound. This report suggests AngioSculpt might become one of the options for a severe calcified lesion.
    Journal of Cardiology Cases 10/2012; 5:16-19.
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    ABSTRACT: In the era of drug-eluting stents, revascularization of an initially non-target site owing to its progression as a new culprit lesion has emerged as a new therapeutic target of coronary artery disease. We aimed to clarify the prognostic factors for the progression of a previously non-significant coronary portion after prior percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We examined 275 patients who underwent PCI between February 2010 and January 2011 and had follow-up coronary angiography (CAG) after 6-12 months. Patients with target lesion revascularization were excluded. Finally, a total of 236 patients were included in this study. Thirty-three patients (14 %) underwent additional clinically driven PCI to treat previously non-significant lesions. There was no difference in background clinical characteristics between patients with and without additional PCI. The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD; 61 vs. 31 %, p = 0.001) and multivessel disease (MVD; 55 vs. 35 %, p = 0.027), and the brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV; 1,838 ± 371 vs. 1,589 ± 313 cm/s, p < 0.001) were significantly higher in patients with additional PCI than in those without. A multivariate analysis showed that CKD, MVD, higher baPWV, and lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol at the follow-up CAG were independent determinants of the progression of new culprit coronary lesions. In conclusion, higher baPWV, CKD, and MVD are independent predictors of later additional PCI, suggesting an important role for arterial stiffness and impaired renal function in the progression of new culprit coronary artery lesions after PCI.
    Cardiovascular intervention and therapeutics. 09/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: To examine serial change in the residual plaque behind the sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) using coronary angioscopy in patients with SES implantation and to identify its baseline determinants. Previous coronary angioscopic studies have demonstrated that SES enhances the yellow grade of residual plaque during follow-up period. A total of 42 patients with stable angina pectoris or silent ischemic heart disease, who had a successful SES implantation were examined by coronary angioscopy both at the baseline (SES implantation) and the follow-up period (9-14 month follow-up). The patients were divided into three groups as: worsened group (WS: yellow color grade of coronary plaque at the follow-up period was worsened compared to the baseline period, n=15), no change group (NP: no change compared to the baseline, n=16), and improved group (IP: improved compared to the baseline, n=11). Then, the determinants of the nominal change of yellow color grade were examined by multiple regression analysis. The low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) level in IP group at the follow-up was significantly decreased compared to baseline (from 120.0±29.8mg/dl to 74.3±16.7mg/dl, p=0.0005), and was the lowest among three groups (WS: 103.5±16.4mg/dl, NC: 105.7±18.7mg/dl, and IP: 74.3±16.7mg/dl). Multiple regression analysis revealed that family history, statin administration, baseline serum creatinine, baseline 'in-stent' thrombus, and follow-up LDL-C were significant determinants to the nominal change of yellow color grade after the SES implantation (p<0.0001). Serial change in tissue characteristics within residual plaque under SES is determined by several factors, especially LDL-C level as well as statin administration. Adequate management of LDL-C by statins might be crucial for stabilizing residual plaque after SES implantation.
    Journal of Cardiology 07/2012; 60(4):270-6. · 2.30 Impact Factor
  • International journal of cardiology 02/2012; 156(2):224-6. · 6.18 Impact Factor
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