Ferit Çiçekçioğlu

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BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The new calcium sensitizer, levosimendan, not only acts as a positive inotropic agent but also, vasodilates both venules and arterioles. The aim of this experimental study was to investigate whether levosimendan has protective effects on spinal cord ischemia-reperfusion injury. MATERIAL AND METHODS Twelve New Zealand(More)
OBJECTIVE Genetic bases for novel prothrombotic, inflammatory risk factors may play a role in the early onset of coronary artery disease. METHODS Twenty-one patients below 35 years of age who underwent coronary bypass grafting between 2002 and 2004 constituted the study group and were compared with 50 healthy, age and sex-matched controls. Gene analysis(More)
OBJECTIVE Levosimendan has anti-ischaemic effects, improves myocardial contractility and increases systemic, pulmonary and coronary vasodilatation. These properties suggest potential advantages in high-risk cardiac valve surgery patients where cardioprotection would be valuable. The present study investigated the peri-operative haemodynamic effects of(More)
Weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass is the most important stage during mitral valve surgery, especially in patients with severe pulmonary hypertension. We report two patients with severe pulmonary hypertension who were operated on because of valvular heart disease. To reduce the pulmonary artery pressure, levosimendan was used because of its vasodilatory(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study aimed to compare the results of beating heart technique and conventional mitral valve surgery (MVS). METHODS Three hundred and nineteen patients who underwent MVS between April 2005 and December 2006 were enrolled in the study. While 125 patients underwent beating heart MVS (group 1), the conventional approach was used for 194(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Cardiac reperfusion injury is a well-described complication occurring after ischemia or following cardioplegic arrest. Various strategies have been developed to prevent ischemic reperfusion injury. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and applicability of the on-pump beating heart mitral valve surgery without cross-clamping(More)
OBJECTIVE Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is gradually increasing in the elderly population. We aimed to investigate the risk factors and the results of CABG along with the long term survival in patients at an age of 80 and older. METHODS Between January 2002 and December 2011, a total of 101 consecutive patients at an age of 80 and older who(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Although neurologic outcome after cardiac surgery is well-established, neurocognitive functions after beating heart mitral valve replacement still needs to be elucidated. The aim of this study was to compare preoperative and postoperative neurocognitive functions in patients who underwent beating heart mitral valve(More)
OBJECTIVE The study aim was to investigate the effect of blood glucose level on atherosclerotic lesion distribution and the contribution to the operative mortality/morbidity in diabetic patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS Between 1986-2003, a total of 2095 patients with diabetes mellitus underwent CABG. The analysis was(More)