Erdal Belen

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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)
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)
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)
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)
OBJECTIVE Rheumatic carditis-induced mitral valve disease is associated with a chronic inflammatory process. The close relationship between inflammation and prothrombotic processes is known. Our goal was to examine the relationship between the presence of left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with rheumatic mitral valve stenosis (RMVS) and(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 (OA) is one of the most common chronic diseases seen in the elderly, and it is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The cause of this association is not fully known. We aimed to investigate the relationship between epicardial fat and the presence and the grade of primary knee OA for analyzing the relationship(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)
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)
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)