Ahmet Hakan Vural

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Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is predominantly a genetically determined heart muscle disorder that is characterized by fibro-fatty replacement of the right ventricular (RV) myocardium.(1)) The clinical spectrum of ARVC may represent from asymptomatic premature ventricular complexes to ventricular tachycardia (VT) and sudden cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relation between serum high sensitivity (hs) C reactive protein (CRP), proinflammatory cytokine concentrations, proinflammatory to anti-inflammatory cytokine ratios and long-term prognosis in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEACS). DESIGN Prospective follow-up study for the first six months and then(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormalities in thyroid function are frequent in patients with heart failure and are associated with increased mortality. However, the relation between thyroid hormone levels and echocardiographic parameters has not been investigated sufficiently. AIM The aims of this study were to investigate the correlations of thyroid hormone levels with(More)
Naxos disease is an autosomal recessively inherited familial syndrome characterized by woolly hair, palmoplantar keratoderma and a cell adhesion cardiomyopathy, especially arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD). Carvajal syndrome is a variant of Naxos disease in which curly or woolly hair, biventricular--predominantly left ventricular involvement(More)
INTRODUCTION The data about the incidence of subclavian venous (SCV) obstruction or thrombosis after biventricular device implantation is limited. Therefore, we aimed to assess the incidence and predictors of venous obstruction after biventricular device implantation with or without a defibrillator in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction and(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is recommended for patients with advanced chronic heart failure. The presence of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony before CRT is an important predictor of response to the therapy. We aimed to investigate time course of LV dyssynchrony after CRT and the relationship between LV dyssynchrony improvement and(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an effective option in the treatment of patients with heart failure (HF) and wide QRS. Fragmented QRS (fQRS) on 12-lead electrocardiography has been shown to predict cardiac events in several patient populations. However, the relationship between the number of leads with fQRS and response to CRT has not(More)
BACKGROUND Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte (N/L) ratio has been associated with adverse outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes and increased risk for long-term mortality in patients with acute decompensated heart failure. We aimed to investigate the prognostic value of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio on response to cardiac resynchronization therapy(More)
AIMS Patients having conduction disease and indications for a standard pacemaker implantation are treated with right ventricular (RV)-based pacemaker therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate echocardiographic and clinical effects of RV and left ventricular (LV)-based pacing in patients with standard pacemaker indication and LV dysfunction. (More)
Metabolic syndrome is a well-known cardiovascular risk factor closely related to increased insulin resistance. This study assessed the effects of metabolic syndrome on early post-operative mortality and morbidity in 100 coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients: 50 patients with and 50 without metabolic syndrome. A total of 17 patients were excluded from(More)