Ata Kirilmaz

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OBJECTIVE This study was performed to determine the effect of homocysteine-lowering therapy (HLT) on endothelium-dependent vasodilation (EDD) and exercise performance in patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS Among the patients who were on the waiting list for coronary intervention, 26 male patients (plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels >(More)
OBJECTIVE It was suggested that knowledge might influence the adherence to treatment in hypertension. Accordingly, in this study, we investigated the effects of content of knowledge on medication adherence and knowledge-based predictors of adherence to treatment in hypertensive patients. METHODS This cross-sectional study included 227 hypertensive(More)
BACKGROUND Interference between pacemaker (PM) lead and tricuspid apparatus may cause tricuspid regurgitation (TR). However, data regarding TR in patients with implanted PM are controversial. Our aim is to find out the degree of TR in a group of patients before and following PM implantation in a prospective manner. METHODS The study group consisted of the(More)
The objectives of this study are noninvasive assessment of endothelial dysfunction (ED) and diagnosing the possible early vascular development of atherosclerosis in psoriasis disease (PD). Twenty-eight PD patients (study group) without any obstructive vascular involvement were compared with 28 healthy controls (control group) in terms of ED utilizing(More)
Anomalous coronary artery (ACA) has either an unusual origin or different anatomical course and is associated with sudden cardiac death. The absence or nonspecific symptoms of ACA make its diagnosis difficult. Mostly, ACA is diagnosed coincidentally during invasive coronary angiogram (ICA). A conventional computed tomography (CT) cannot provide detailed(More)
This study aimed to investigate the aortic elastic properties of young pregnant women by comparing them with those of age-matched healthy females. The study group consisted of 21 pregnant women at a mean age of 26 ± 1 years; 22 healthy women at a mean age of 25 ± 1 years constituted the control group. Doppler-color echocardiographic variables and serum(More)
Noninvasive assessment of endothelial dysfunction (ED) and diagnosing the early vascular development of atherosclerosis in active mucocutaneous Behçet’s disease. Twenty-nine active BD patients (study group) without any obstructive vascular involvement were compared with twenty-nine healthy controls (control group) in terms of ED utilizing(More)
AIM We aimed to present a case with ventricular myocardial noncompaction involving both ventricles. METHODS AND RESULTS Noncompaction of ventricle is a rare and unclassified congenital cardiac malformation is due to an arrest in intrauterine endomyocardial morphogenesis. We presented a ventricular myocardial noncompaction case involving both left and(More)
Alternative approaches to the standard posterolateral incision for thoracotomy have been developed to minimize its postoperative pain and wound related side effects. Muscle-sparing (MS) thoracotomy has been a well-known substitution to the standard posterolateral thoracotomy for this purpose; however it has not been studied in the pediatric age group in(More)
A 44-year-old woman presented with sudden onset of chest pain, headache and nausea. Physical examination was remarkable for mild hypotension and tachycardia. ECG demonstrated sinus tachycardia with poor R wave progression in precordial leads and T wave inversion in leads V1-3. Cardiac enzymes were raised. Echocardiographic examination revealed normal cavity(More)