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The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has recently emerged as better indicator of inflammation and oxidative stress and has been widely studied in several cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, we evaluated the role of the preablation NLR in atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after cryoballoon-based catheter ablation. A total of 251 patients (47.8%(More)
BACKGROUND Although cryoballoon based catheter ablation is an effective therapeutic option in atrial fibrillation (AF), a significant amount of patients failed to remain in sinus rhythm at long term follow-up. Appropriate selection of patients for catheter ablation reduces unnecessary interventions and prevents complications related with catheter ablation.(More)
AIMS In parallel with increasing implantation rates and patients' longer life expectancy, the need for transvenous lead extraction (TLE) as a specialized procedure has shown a significant growth over years. Herein, we aimed to present our initial experience in TLE by using a novel TightRail™ Rotating Mechanical Dilator Sheath. METHODS AND RESULTS Between(More)
AIMS The growing problem with endocardial lead infections and lead malfunctions has increased the interest in percutaneous lead removal technology. In this report, we present our initial experience in percutaneous lead extraction with a novel hand-powered sheath, the Evolution mechanical dilator sheath. METHODS AND RESULTS During 13 months between June(More)
OBJECTIVES Coronary artery anomalies (CAA) can be detected by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) with a high accuracy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of CAA in subjects undergoing MSCT coronary angiography for the assessment of coronary artery disease. STUDY DESIGN This retrospective study included 1,056 patients (534(More)
AIMS Previous studies evidenced that increased monocyte count or activity and lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels were associated with more prevalent atrial fibrillation (AF) which attributed to pro-inflammatory and pro-oxidant effects. Monocyte-to-HDL ratio (M/H ratio) is a recently emerged indicator of inflammation and oxidative stress(More)
In this study, we aimed to evaluate whether serum total bilirubin was associated with the severity and morphology of coronary atherosclerotic plaques detected by computed tomography angiography (CTA). The study population consisted of 1,115 patients (55.2 % men) who underwent dual-source 64-slice CTA for the assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD).(More)
In this study, we aimed to evaluate whether serum uric acid (UA) was associated with the severity and morphology of coronary atherosclerotic plaques (CAP) shown by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). The study population consisted of 982 patients (58% men) who underwent dual-source 64 slice MDCT for the assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD).(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that cardiovascular risk is increased in premature ovarian failure (POF). To determine the effects of POF on different parameters of cardiovascular health, we investigated the relationship between POF and circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), endothelial function, carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated immediate and midterm results of transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects (ASDs) and patent foramen ovale (PFO) using various closure devices. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included four hundred fourteen patients (one hundred eighty-two men, two hundred thirty-two women; mean age 39 ± 12.3 years; range 17-67 years) who(More)