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Leptin is an adipocytokine that is produced mainly by adipose tissue; it is also identified in atherosclerotic lesions in human coronary atherosclerosis. However, the relation of serum leptin concentrations to ischemic heart disease (IHD) is still obscure. The aims of the present study were to investigate serum leptin concentrations in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the effects of losartan treatment on exercise tolerance and echocardiographic parameters in patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) secondary to mitral valve prolapse or rheumatic heart disease. METHODS Twenty-seven patients (14 males, 13 females, mean age 51+/-11, range 21-76) with moderate MR due to mitral(More)
OBJECTIVE The assessment of short duration early clarithromycin treatment on major cardiac events in acute coronary syndrome patients. METHODS One hundred and thirteen patients with acute coronary syndrome had been enrolled in the study in a prospective manner. Fifty-seven of 113 patients received peroral clarithromycin 1g/day for 14 days in addition to(More)
OBJECTIVE Diastolic dysfunction is considered as the most important cause of heart failure and morbidity in hypertensives. This study was designed to evaluate the relationship between the transmitral diastolic color M-mode flow propagation velocity (FPV) and left ventricular relaxation by using Doppler echocardiography. METHODS In the present study,(More)
OBJECTIVE The objectives of the study were to assess myocardial systolic and diastolic functions by myocardial performance index (MPI) and its relationship with E - wave deceleration time (DT) in early phase of acute Q-wave myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS We performed nongeometric Doppler-derived echocardiography to assess combined systolic and(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the dimensions of atrial septal aneurysm (ASA), the presence and characteristics of interatrial shunt, the movement of the wall of the aneurysm, and correlation between these findings and sign and/or symptoms suggesting embolism in Manisa, a district of a western Anatolian city of Turkey. METHODS Two thousand five hundred cases were(More)