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Non-atherosclerotic coronary artery aneurysms are rare and most of them remain asymptomatic. We report a case who has a giant circumflex coronary artery aneurysm with fistulisation into the coronary sinus. The patient presents with dyspnea and palpitation due to atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response. The diagnostic contributions of(More)
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)
We designed this study to evaluate the diameters of the aorta and its major branches in patients who had coronary ectasia. We assigned 80 patients (mean age, 57 +/- 11 yr) with isolated coronary artery ectasia to the study group and 25 patients (mean age, 54 +/- 10 yr) without structural or coronary arterial disease to the control group. All patients(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)
We investigated prognostic importance of electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in ischaemic stroke patients without primary heart disease because of the limited evidence. This study consisted of 162 patients (92 male, age 64 +/- 14 years) with first ischaemic stroke presenting to hospital during 18 months. One-month mortality was analysed by means of(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)
BACKGROUND Carbohydrate Antigen 125 (CA 125), a marker for ovarian cancer has been reported to increase in relation to the severity of heart failure. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the serum levels of CA 125 and other tumour markers, in patients with chronic heart failure. METHODS Blood levels of CA 125 and other tumour markers were determined in 44 heart(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)
OBJECTIVE Although underlying mechanisms of coronary artery ectasia (CAE) are clearly unknown, destruction of extracellular matrix may be responsible for the ectasia formation. Thus, we investigated the role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP-1), and inflammatory markers [high-sensitive C-reactive(More)