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OBJECTIVE In this study, our aim was to evaluate the effect of a higher dose of atorvastatin on the recurrence rate of atrial fibrillation (AF) after electrical cardioversion (EC) in addition to antiarrhythmic therapy. SUBJECTS AND METHODS 48 patients with persistent AF were included in this study. The patients were randomized to an atorvastatin 40-mg(More)
OBJECTIVES Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning frequently affects repolarization, resulting in abnormal electrocardiography findings. The goal of this study was to examine the effect of CO poisoning on the novel transmyocardial repolarization parameters T peak-T end (Tp-e), Tp-e dispersion, and Tp-e/QT and the relationship of these parameters to myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms of the increased cardiac and vascular events in patients with OSA are not well understood. Arousal which is an important component of OSA was associated with increased sympathetic activation and electrocardiographic changes which prone to arrhythmias. We planned to examine the association among arousal, circulating Lp-PLA2 and(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the accuracy of cardiac computed tomography (CT) parameters and pulmonary artery (PA) obstruction (OS) scores in determining the echocardiographic right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) in hemodynamically stable patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 120 patients with acute PE were included in the(More)
BACKGROUND Epicardial fat thickness (EFT), an indicator of visceral obesity, and leptin are 2 novel markers for studying the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) population. This study aimed to investigate the effects of gender on leptin levels and EFT, and the relation with OSA severity. METHODS A total of 149 patients with OSA (female/male 55/94 and mean age(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious clinical condition characterised by a high mortality rate. Previous studies showed that leukocytosis was associated with recurrences of venous thromboemboli, major bleeding and increased mortality. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prognostic value of neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio(More)
OBJECTIVE Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), a novel marker of vulnerable plaque to prone rupture, is a predictor of both cardiovascular event and cerebrovascular event, and highly sensitive-C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is an acute-phase response protein implicated in a broad range of cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to examine the(More)
OBJECTIVES Although elevated red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is associated with adverse outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease, its role in demonstrating the presence and extent of myocardial ischemia for coronary artery disease is not known. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between RDW and myocardial ischemia(More)
BACKGROUND Endothelial dysfunction plays a major role in erectile dysfunction (ED). Uric acid (UA) is a marker of endothelial dysfunction. We hypothesized that increased UA levels may be associated with ED and aimed to investigate whether there is a relationship between, UA and ED in hypertensive patients. METHODS A total of 200 hypertensive patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Detection of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in acute ischemic stroke patients poses diagnostic challenge. The aim of this study was to predict the presence of PAF by means of 12-lead ECG in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Our hypothesis was that P-wave dispersion (P(d)) might be a useful marker in predicting PAF in patients with acute(More)