Erdal Belen

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OBJECTIVES Low levels of vitamin D are closely associated with cardiovascular diseases. Heart failure (HF) is a major health problem globally, occurring with increasing frequency and characterised by poor prognosis despite therapy. We aimed to investigate the effect of vitamin D levels on hospitalisation and mortality in patients with HF. DESIGN Patients(More)
Mitral valve stenosis is a common manifestation of chronic rheumatic heart disease. In rheumatic mitral valve stenosis (RMVS) patients, left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (LASEC) is an independent predictor of thromboembolism risk. While the anticoagulant therapy algorithm for atrial fibrillation patients is clear, the clinical tools determining(More)
After long years of using warfarin for atrial fibrillation, new oral anticoagulants (NOACs) became available for decreasing the risk of ischemic stroke. Our aim was to observe the physicians prescribing patterns of NOACs. This prospective observational study included patients using NOACs applying consecutively to our outpatient clinic. Physical examination(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the possible correlation between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and resistant hypertension (RH). SUBJECTS AND METHODS Patients who had undergone ambulatory blood pressure measurements (ABPM) during outpatient controls were enrolled. Fifty subjects with RH, 50 with controlled hypertension (CHT) and 50 normotensive subjects (NT)(More)
OBJECTIVES Epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and Ankle brachial index (ABI) are associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). The SYNTAX score (SS) reflects the complexity of CAD. We aimed to evaluate the relation of EFT and ABI with CAD complexity. METHODS We enrolled 197 patients undergoing coronary angiography. In all patients, ABI and EFT were(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent studies have shown that epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) thickness is increased in patients with hypertension. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relation of EAT thickness with resistant hypertension (RHT). PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS Study participants (n=150) were classified into three groups according to their office and ambulatory(More)
Resistant hypertension (RHT) is an important disease that causes an increase in cardiovascular risk, yet its etiology remains unclear. The authors aimed to investigate neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) as an inflammation marker in patients with RHT. A total of 150 patients were included in the study and grouped according to their office and ambulatory blood(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have demonstrated that inflammation, neurohormonal process and cardiovascular risk factors are associated with the development of coronary artery ectasia (CAE). However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for ectasia formation are not fully understood. The neutrophil to lymphocyte (N/L) ratio has recently emerged as a new(More)
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases and associated with increased cardiovascular comorbidity and deaths. Elastic properties of aorta are closely associated with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. In our study, we aimed to evaluate aortic stiffness in primary osteoarthritis patients. A total of 160 patients including 80 patients(More)
We herein report the case of a preeclampsia patient with comorbid peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCMP). A 22-year-old woman in the 26th week of gestation was admitted with acute pulmonary edema. Hypertension and proteinuria were detected, and echocardiography showed an ejection fraction of 33%. It is remarkable that PPCMP particularly that associated with(More)