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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)
AIMS The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of spironolactone on left ventricular (LV) remodeling in patients with preserved LV function following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS AND RESULTS Successfully revascularized patients (n = 186) with acute ST elevation MI (STEMI) were included in the study. Patients were randomly divided(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to evaluate left ventricular (LV) diastolic functions and myocardial performance index (MPI) in obese individuals with or without metabolic syndrome (MetS). STUDY DESIGN The study included 44 obese subjects with MetS (16 men; 28 women; mean age 46±7 years) and 32 obese subjects without MetS (16 men, 16 women; mean age(More)
OBJECTIVE High neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been associated with post-operative AF development in patients who underwent cardiac surgery. In this study, effectiveness of NLR for prediction of recurrence after electrical cardioversion (CV) in non-valvular AF was investigated. METHODS A total of 149 patients who underwent a successful CV were(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to compare the rates of psychiatric morbidity in patients who had early age and late age MI in patients who have survived acute myocardial infarction? METHODS One hundred sixteen patients who were hospitalized in the coronary care unit were included in the study. Psychiatric assessment of the patients was carried out within 1-6months(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia, hypertension, premature atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease. This study is designed to compare serum asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) levels between obese individuals and controls. MATERIAL/METHODS Fifty(More)
OBJECTIVES We compared brachial artery blood pressures (BP) measured by aneroid sphygmomanometer with ascending aortic blood pressures and evaluated the factors affecting the differences between the two methods. STUDY DESIGN The study included 463 patients (177 women, 286 men; mean age 60+/-11 years) undergoing routine coronary angiography.(More)
OBJECTIVE Wide pulse pressure (PP) affects the accuracy of oscillometric blood pressure measurements (OBPM): however, the degree of this impact on different patient groups with wide PPs is unclear. This study will investigate the accuracy of OBPM in achieving target BP and PP in isolated systolic hypertension (ISH) group compared with mixed hypertension(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to report the image quality, relationship between heart rate and image quality, amount of contrast agent given to the patients and radiation doses in coronary CT angiography (CTA) obtained by using high-pitch prospectively ECG-gated "Flash Spiral" technique (method A) or retrospectively ECG-gated technique (method B) using 128×2-slice(More)
Aim: This study was designed to compare the fasting ghrelin, leptin and resistin levels between metabolic syndrome (MS) patients with healthy controls. Method: This trial was performed on 21 patients with MS (7 men; mean age, 44±4 years) and 17 healthy controls (8 men; mean age, 43±3 years). Diagnosis of MS was defined based on National Cholesterol(More)