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Korean Circulation Journal

Chan Soon Park, Jeong Jae Kim, Jin Joo Park
Total absence of superior vena cava (SVC) is a very rare anomaly, and the patient usually suffers from SVC syndrome or conduction disturbances. We report an asymptomatic 27 year-old male, with complete absence of SVC. Transthoracic echocardiography and computed tomography demonstrated the absence of SVC and other congenital cardiac anomalies, but the presence of prominent collateral vessels that allow a sufficient venous return.
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Anca D Mateescu, Ioan M Coman, Carmen C Beladan, Bogdan Radulescu, Carmen Ginghina, Bogdan A Popescu
We report the case of a rare association of a congenital Gerbode defect with severe mitral regurgitation due to abnormal linear structure of mitral valve, diagnosed in an adult patient. The case highlights the importance of a thorough examination interpreting the echocardiographic findings on a pathophysiological basis. It also underlines the complementary role of different imaging techniques with transesophageal echocardiography, allowing the precise assessment of both structural and functional abnormalities in such a complex case...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Dong-Jun Kim, Jae-Sun Uhm, Je Wook Park, Jong-Chan Youn, Dong Won Lee, Bon-Nyeo Koo, Moon-Hyoung Lee
Subcutaneous implantation of a cardiac implantable electronic device is the standard method. Occasionally, subpectoral cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation via axillary incisions is performed in young female patients for cosmetic purposes. Because subpectoral CIED implantation and augmentation mammoplasty involve the same layer, it is feasible to perform both procedures simultaneously. We report a case of combined subpectoral implantation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and augmentation mammoplasty via the axillary approach in a young female patient with dilated cardiomyopathy and small breasts...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Wan Ki Baek, Mina Lee, Young Sam Kim, Yong Han Yoon, Joung Taek Kim, Dae Hyeock Kim
Spontaneous resolution of the arterial obstruction in Takayasu's arteritis is rarely reported. We reported a case of spontaneous resolution of an obstruction of the left subclavian artery in a young female. The patient underwent a bilateral coronary patch ostioplasty for both coronary ostial lesions complicated by Takayasu's arteritis at the age of 28. Concomitant left subclavian obstruction was seen at that time but left untreated. Surprisingly, the 10-year follow-up angiogram revealed complete resolution of the left subclavian artery obstruction...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Minsu Kim, Myeong Gun Kim, Woong Chol Kang, Pyung Chun Oh, Ji Yeon Lee, Jin Mo Kang, Wook-Jin Chung, Eak Kyun Shin
Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is a safe alternative to open surgical repair for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. However, unfavorable aortic anatomy of the aneurysm has restricted the widespread use of EVAR. Anatomic limitation is most often related to characteristics of the proximal neck anatomy. In this report, we described a patient with a severely angulated proximal neck who underwent EVAR, but required repeat intervention because of thrombotic occlusion of stent graft limbs.
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Ah Young Kim, Se Yong Jung, Jae Young Choi, Gi Beom Kim, Young-Hwue Kim, Woo Sup Shim, I-Seok Kang, Jo Won Jung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We conducted a review of current data on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prophylaxis with palivizumab, in Korean children with congenital heart diseases (CHD). In 2009, the Korean guideline for RSV prophylaxis had established up to five shots monthly per RSV season, only for children <1 year of age with hemodynamic significance CHD (HS-CHD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: During the RSV seasons in 2009-2015, we performed a retrospective review of data for 466 infants with CHD, examined at six centers in Korea...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Eun Seok Choi, Sungkyu Cho, Woo Sung Jang, Woong-Han Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A blood transfusion is almost inevitable in neonatal cardiac surgery. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of using autologous cord blood for a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) priming as an alternative to an allo-transfusion in neonatal cardiac surgery. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From January 2012 to December 2014, cord blood had been collected during delivery after informed consent and was stored immediately into a blood bank. Eight neonatal patients had their own cord blood used for CPB priming during cardiac surgery...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Min-Seok Kim, Hong-Gook Lim, Woong Han Kim, Jeong Ryul Lee, Yong Jin Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to evaluate the long-term results after a surgical repair of Ebstein's anomaly. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Forty-eight patients with Ebstein's anomaly who underwent open heart surgery between 1982 and 2013 were included. Median age at operation was 5.6 years (1 day-42.1 years). Forty-five patients (93.7%) demonstrated tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation of less than moderate degree. When the patients were divided according to Carpentier's classification, types A, B, C, and D were 11, 21, 12, and 4 patients, respectively...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
İsa Öner Yüksel, Erkan Köklü, Şakir Arslan, Göksel Çağırcı, Eylem Özaydın Göksu, Pınar Koç, Serkan Çay, Filiz Kızılırmak
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Non-calcified carotid plaques are more unstable than calcified plaques, and they are associated with a higher risk of rupture, thromboembolism, and consequently, stroke. The purpose of the present study is to compare calcified and non-calcified plaques that cause intermediate carotid artery stenosis with respect to neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total number of 139 asymptomatic patients with 50-70% stenosis of the carotid artery were included in this study...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Hansol Choi, Jee-Seon Shim, Myung Ha Lee, Young Mi Yoon, Dong Phil Choi, Hyeon Chang Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), an established cardiovascular risk factor, can be generally determined by calculation from total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride concentrations. The aim of this study was to compare LDL-C estimations using various formulas with directly measured LDL-C in a community-based group and hospital-based group among the Korean population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 1498 participants were classified into four groups according to triglyceride concentrations as follows: <100, 100-199, 200-299, and ≥300 mg/dL...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Moo-Yong Rhee, Sun-Woong Kim, Eun-Hee Choi, Ji-Hyun Kim, Deuk-Young Nah, Sung-Joon Shin, Namyi Gu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We estimated the prevalence of hypertension and hypertension subtypes in a large semi-urban city in Korea, using 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in a randomly selected sample population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A random sample (aged 20-65 years) from a city with an adult population of approximately 600000 was selected by using a list-assisted random digit dialing method. The 24-hour ABPM and conventional blood pressure measurement (CBPM) of these individuals were obtained...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Juhwan Noh, Hyeon Chang Kim, Anna Shin, Hyungseon Yeom, Suk-Yong Jang, Jung Hyun Lee, Changsoo Kim, Il Suh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Joint National Committee guidelines attempt to vary treatment recommendations for patients based on considerations of their comorbidities. The aim of the present study is to estimate the age-standardized prevalence of common comorbidities among Korean hypertension patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2013. Among the 58423 participants, 30092 adults, aged ≥30 yrs who completed a health examination and interview survey, were selected...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Jae-Hwan Lee, Hyun-Sook Kim, Jae-Hyeong Park, Min Su Kim, Byung Joo Sun, Seung Ryu, Song Soo Kim, Seon Ah Jin, Jun Hyung Kim, Si Wan Choi, Jin-Ok Jeong, In-Sun Kwon, In-Whan Seong
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can cause tissue hypoxia and left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) requiring intensive medical management. Our objectives were to find incidence and clinical course of LVSD CO intoxicated patients and make a clinical scoring to predict LVSD. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We included all consecutive patients with CO exposure in the emergency room. LVSD was defined by LVEF <50% assessed by echocardiography...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Jung Hoon Lee, Nam-Kyoo Lim, Myeong-Chan Cho, Hyun-Young Park
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Heart failure (HF) is an important healthcare issue because of its high mortality, morbidity, and healthcare costs. The number of HF patients is increasing worldwide as a consequence of aging of the population. However, there are limited studies on the prevalence of HF in Korea. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of HF, its comorbidities, and the projected population with HF in the future. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The prevalence and comorbidity estimates of HF were determined using data from the 2002-2013 National Sample Cohort based on the National Health Information Database...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Sung-Won Jang, Robert W Rho, Tae-Seok Kim, Sung-Hwan Kim, Woo-Seung Shin, Ji-Hoon Kim, Yong-Seog Oh, Man Young Lee, Eiwa Zen, Tai-Ho Rho
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The number of permanent pacemakers (PPMs) implanted in patients in Japan and Korea differs significantly. We aimed to investigate the differences in decision making processes of implanting a PPM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our survey included 15 clinical case scenarios based on the 2008 AHA/ACC/HRS guidelines for device-based therapy of cardiac rhythm abnormalities (class unspecified). Members of the Korean and Japanese Societies of Cardiology were asked to rate each scenario according to a 5-point scale and to indicate their decisions for or against implantation...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Myung-Jin Cha, Seong Jin Jo, Youngjin Cho, Eue-Keun Choi, Seil Oh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) exposes patients to fixed angle radiation for extended periods of time. We investigated the incidence and characteristics of radiation-induced dermatitis (RID) associated with RFCA. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We screened 1347 consecutive patients from 2000 to 2011 who underwent RFCA for any indication and reviewed patients with dermatologic issues at the 1-month follow-up. Skin lesions were classified into three groups: most likely RID, probable RID, and possible RID...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Anil Avci, Serdar Fidan, Mehmet Mustafa Tabakçı, Cuneyt Toprak, Elnur Alizade, Emrah Acar, Emrah Bayam, Muhammet Tellice, Abdurrahman Naser, Ramazan Kargın
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between the extent of coronary artery disease assessed by the Gensini score and/or the SYNTAX score and the significant carotid stenosis in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 225 patients who had carotid doppler ultrasonography prior to CABG were included retrospectively. Significant coronary artery disease was assumed as a lumen diameter stenosis of ≥50% in any of the major epicardial coronary arteries...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Byoung Geol Choi, Seung-Woon Rha, Taeshik Park, Se Yeon Choi, Jae Kyeong Byun, Min Suk Shim, Shaopeng Xu, Hu Li, Sang-Ho Park, Ji Young Park, Woong Gil Choi, Yun-Hyeong Cho, Sunki Lee, Jin Oh Na, Cheol Ung Choi, Hong Euy Lim, Jin Won Kim, Eung Ju Kim, Chang Gyu Park, Hong Seog Seo, Dong Joo Oh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cigarette smoking is a risk significant factor in coronary artery disease (CAD) and vasospastic angina (VSA). However, it is largely unknown whether smoking adds to any long-term clinical risk in VSA patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 2797 patients without significant CAD underwent acetylcholine (Ach) provocation test between November 2004 and October 2010. Patients were divided into three groups, based on the presence of coronary artery spasm (CAS) and smoking habits (non-CAS group: n=1188, non-smoking CAS group: n=1214, smoking CAS group: n=395)...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Jae-Sik Jang, Ho-Cheol Shin, Jong Seok Bae, Han-Young Jin, Jeong-Sook Seo, Tae-Hyun Yang, Dae-Kyeong Kim, Kyoung-Im Cho, Bo-Hyun Kim, Yong Hyun Park, Hyung-Gon Je, Dong-Soo Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention frequently results in unnecessary stenting due to the low positive predictive value of IVUS-derived minimal lumen area (MLA) for identification of functionally significant coronary stenosis. We appraised the diagnostic accuracy of IVUS-derived MLA compared with the fractional flow reserve (FFR) to assess intermediate coronary stenosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and Cochrane databases for studies using IVUS and FFR methods to establish the best MLA cut-off values to predict significant non-left main coronary artery stenosis...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Çağrı Yayla, Kaan Okyay, Akın Yılmaz, Asife Şahinarslan, Atiye Seda Yar Sağlam, Azmi Eyiol, Hasan Ata Bolayır, Burak Sezenöz, Sevda Menevşe, Atiye Çengel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Genetic predisposition is an important risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of rs10757274 and rs2383206 polymorphisms in chromosome 9p21 on presence and severity of CAD in a Turkish population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 646 patients who underwent coronary angiography were included in this study. Coronary vessel score and Gensini score were calculated to assess the angiographic severity of CAD...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
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