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BACKGROUND Narrow fragmented QRS (fQRS) has recently been recognized as a significant predictor of prognosis in various cardiovascular diseases. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that the presence of narrow fQRS on admission electrocardiogram (ECG) in patients with decompensated systolic heart failure (HF) of any cause would be associated with long-term(More)
BACKGROUND Apelin is a novel endogenous peptide with inotropic and vasodilatory properties. AIM To investigate the role of apelin in the prognosis of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and to assess the relationship between apelin and other diagnostic and prognostic markers. METHODS Seventy-six patients with ACS (mean age 62.1 ± 10 years) were evaluated in(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, many microRNAs (miRNAs) were shown to be dysregulated in specific tissues playing critical roles in the pathogenesis and progression of heart failure (HF). Left ventricular (LV) mass (LVM) has long been recognised as an important prognostic marker in systolic HF patients. AIM We hypothesised that circulating miRNAs may be(More)
BACKGROUND Urocortin 1 (UCN1) has cardiostimulatory, vasodilatory, diuretic and natriuretic effects, and its expression increases in heart failure (HF). AIM To determine UCN1 levels in patients with HF, to evaluate UCN1's relationship with various clinical parameters, and to assess UCN1 as a diagnostic marker in HF, compared to pro-B-type natriuretic(More)
Introduction During the past 30 years, interventional cardiology has advanced dramatically resulting in outstanding increases in occupational radiation exposure of interventional cardiologists. Despite the remarkable changes in fluoroscopic procedures, radiation protection technology is not much different from how it was decades ago. Moreover, new evidence(More)
It is anticipated that an increasing number of patients undergoing surgical procedures will be taking new anticoagulants and antiaggregants. Currently, only a small amount of data (which were derived from subgroup analyses of undedicated studies) exist regarding the optimal strategy in these patients. Clinical studies are urgently required to establish safe(More)
DESCRIPTION Coronary slow flow (CSF) is a phenomenon characterised by delayed opacification of coronary arteries in the absence of epicardial stenosis, in which microvascular and endothelial dysfunction have been implicated in pathophysiology. The association between acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and Behcet’s syndrome is well known but rare, and is(More)
OBJECTIVE T-wave peak to end interval (TPE) is a measure of repolarization dispersion, which has been reported as a major arrhythmogenic factor post acute myocardial infarction. The aim of our study was to investigate the changes in TPE in this patient population with regard to peri-procedural intracoronary ECG findings. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-four(More)