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The aim of this study was to assess the values of mean platelet volume (MPV) in regular smokers and the effect of smoking cessation on MPV. The study group consisted of 116 regular smokers (57 females and 59 males; mean age 46.3 ± 12.7 years) and the control group was composed of 90 healthy volunteers (49 females and 41 males; mean age 47.7 ± 8.3 years).(More)
To study the effect of atorvastatin on recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after electrical cardioversion (EC), 48 patients with AF lasting 48 hours who were scheduled for EC were randomized to the atorvastatin (group I) and control (group II) groups. Six patients in group I (25%) and 2 patients in group II (8.3%) had spontaneous conversion before EC (p(More)
Previous studies have reported increased platelet activation and aggregation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment has been shown to decrease platelet activation. We aimed to study the effects of nasal CPAP therapy has on MPV values in patients with severe OSA. Thirty-one patients (21 men; mean(More)
AIMS Oxidative stress has recently been implicated in the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of antioxidant agent N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on postoperative AF. METHODS AND RESULTS The population of this prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study consisted of 115 patients(More)
Carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA 125), known as a tumor marker for ovarian cancer, has been reported to increase and relate to severity in heart failure patients with systolic dysfunction. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) has a wide clinical spectrum that often includes heart failure symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of CA 125 in HCM(More)
P-wave measurements and left atrial function were investigated to predict the maintenance of sinus rhythm after cardioversion of atrial fibrillation. Left atrial dimension <45 mm (p = 0.02) and P-wave dispersion <46 ms (p <0.001) were independent predictors of sinus rhythm maintenance, with a sensitivity of 89% and 96%, respectively. Duration of atrial(More)
The objective of the present study was to determine the heart rate recovery index (HRRI), a marker of autonomic nervous system function in patients with endemic fluorosis. Forty patients with endemic fluorosis (16 men/24 women) and 40 age-, sex-, and body mass index-matched healthy controls (16 men/24 women) with normal fluoride intake were enrolled in this(More)
It is unclear whether carvedilol and nebivolol will produce different effects on platelet function and prothrombotic state in heart failure (HF). Thus, we compared their effects on these functions in patients with nonischemic HF. We included 61 patients with symptomatic nonischemic HF having ejection fraction ≤40%. The patients were randomized to carvedilol(More)
Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or radiofrequency fields of cellular mobile phones may affect biological systems by increasing free radicals, which appear mainly to enhance lipid peroxidation, and by changing the antioxidant defense systems of human tissues, thus leading to oxidative stress. Mobile phones are used in close proximity to the heart, therefore(More)
Unsatisfactory results obtained with medical therapy and dual-chamber pacing for prevention of recurrent neurocardiogenic syncope necessitated the development of new treatment modalities. Tilt-training, a novel treatment for recurrent neurocardiogenic syncope based on exercise sessions with prolonged upright posture (either on a tilt-table or standing on(More)