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This report evaluated whether acute phase reactants can predict the development of mitral regurgitation following percutaneous mitral valvotomy. 58 patients who developed significant mitral regurgitation following valvotomy were retrospectively compared with 58 age, sex and procedure technique matched control patients, who had valvotomy without mitral… (More)
A child with bilateral aplasia of external iliac arteries with normal internal iliac arteries, demonstrated by vascular Doppler and digital subtraction angiography is presented. Popliteal artery is reformed by collaterals. This anomaly is extremely rare.
BACKGROUND There is a paucity of data regarding the long-term outcome of patients operated for ventricular septal defect with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension and elevated pulmonary vascular resistance. METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated the long-term follow-up results of a selected cohort of patients with nonrestrictive ventricular septal defect and… (More)
OBJECTIVE Atrial contribution to ventricular filling was studied to assess its role in predicting the future development of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with severe mitral stenosis (MS) and sinus rhythm. DESIGN Two hundred and eight patients with severe MS and sinus rhythm were followed up for 1 year. Baseline data were compared between group I… (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function in children. BACKGROUND Limited studies are available on alteration in LV hemodynamics, especially diastolic function, after PDA closure. METHODS Thirty-two consecutive children with isolated PDA treated by… (More)
Statins reduce major coronary events and all-cause mortality in patients with coronary artery disease. Statin therapy has a proven track record for the secondary prevention of coronary artery disease. The extension of the benefit to patients with acute coronary syndromes can be expected. Apart from their lipid-lowering effects, statins significantly and… (More)
OBJECTIVE This study examines the significance of the parameters that identify patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) and atrial fibrillation (AF) and discusses the indications for surgery in such patients. METHODS Patients with MR and chronic AF (group I, n=64) and those without AF (group II, n=138) were studied by clinical and echocardiographic… (More)