Aylin Yildirir

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Task Force Members: Gilles Montalescot* (Chairperson) (France), Udo Sechtem* (Chairperson) (Germany), Stephan Achenbach (Germany), Felicita Andreotti (Italy), Chris Arden (UK), Andrzej Budaj (Poland), Raffaele Bugiardini (Italy), Filippo Crea (Italy), Thomas Cuisset (France), Carlo Di Mario (UK), J. Rafael Ferreira (Portugal), Bernard J. Gersh (USA), Anselm(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess cardiac flow parameters in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). DESIGN A prospective case-control study. SETTING University-based hospital. PATIENT(S) Thirty consecutive patients with PCOS were enrolled. Thirty women with regular menstrual cycles served as the controls. INTERVENTION(S) Systolic and diastolic function(More)
A decline in kidney function after contrast exposure is associated with a high risk of morbidity and mortality during hospitalization and over long-term periods. Several retrospective and recent prospective clinical trials have shown that statin therapy might prevent contrast-induced nephropathy in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. In(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), which is thought to be a component of visceral adiposity, is associated with the metabolic syndrome. We aimed to test the hypothesis that echocardiographic EAT thickness can be a marker for the presence and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHOD AND RESULTS In all, 150 patients (100 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of menstrual cycle on cardiac autonomic function parameters in young healthy women by means of heart rate variability (HRV). METHODS Forty-three nonobese regularly cycling women (age 29 +/- 6, range 20-38) were enrolled. Recordings for HRV analysis were obtained during the two phases of the(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function by using power spectral analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) method in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). The study included 94 AS patients all fulfilling the New York criteria for AS, and 49 healthy volunteers. Recordings for HRV were obtained(More)
In order to investigate the effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on plasma homocysteine and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels 46 healthy postmenopausal women were prospectively enrolled. HRT, which was either 0.625 mg/day conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) plus 2.5 mg/day medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) or 0.625 mg/day CEE alone were administered.(More)
AIMS High androgen levels are presumed by many to explain the male predisposition to coronary artery disease. However, natural androgens inhibit male atherosclerosis(1). Our aim was to determine whether levels of androgens differ between men with and without coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS Ninety male subjects (60 with positive, and 30 with(More)
OBJECTIVES Myocardial apoptosis is recognized as a major mechanism of cell death during ischemia-reperfusion. In this study, we assessed the hypothesis that activated protein C may have a cardioprotective effect via preventing apoptosis in a rat model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. METHODS Thirty male Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized,(More)
The purpose of this report was to determine prospectively whether P wave signal-averaged electrocardiography (ECG) is useful for the prediction of recurrences of atrial fibrillation after cardioversion. The P wave signal-averaged ECG was recorded in 73 patients after successful cardioversion. Duration of the filtered P wave and the root mean square voltages(More)