Mahmut Akpek

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With the growing understanding of the role of inflammation in patients with atherosclerotic disease, studies have focused on high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and other inflammatory markers in their association with outcomes in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The goal of this study was to investigate the association of the(More)
Inflammation plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of in-stent restenosis (ISR). Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) provides a simple method for assessment of inflammatory status and prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the predictive value of preprocedural NLR on development of ISR in(More)
Hematologic parameters have prognostic importance in cardiovascular disease. However, the relation between atherosclerosis progression and hematologic parameters is not well defined. A total of 394 patients requiring repeat coronary angiography were included in the study. According to angiography, patients were divided into 2 groups, progressive (n = 196)(More)
BACKGROUND Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a heterogeneous clinical condition. Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) have conventionally been the mainstay of treatment for the amelioration of hyperandrogenism and regulation of menstrual cycles in women with PCOS. Metformin has beneficial effects on insulin resistance and endothelial functions. To our(More)
OBJECTIVES Endothelial dysfunction is a well known risk factor for atherosclerosis. Uric acid levels are associated with endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis even if in physiological range. Xanthine oxidase inhibition with allopurinol decreases uric acid levels and oxidative stress and improves endothelial function. We have investigated the effect of(More)
Mean platelet volume (MPV) is an indicator of platelet activation. We investigated the acute effect of passive smoking on MPV in healthy volunteers. Healthy nonsmoker volunteers (n = 90) spent 120 minutes in a smoke-free room. Then they were exposed to passive smoking in 3 groups consisting of 30 volunteers each in group A (carbon monoxide [CO] < 7.5 ppm),(More)
OBJECTIVES Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disorder resulting in multisystemic inflammatory damage. Recent articles report that 20% to 30% of deaths in patients with SLE have cardiovascular origin. The aim of this study was to investigate the atrial conduction time in patients with SLE by using high-usefulness tissue Doppler(More)
Although mean platelet volume (MPV) is an independent correlate of impaired angiographic reperfusion and 6-month mortality in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI), there is less data regarding the association between platelet distribution width (PDW) and in-hospital major adverse(More)
OBJECTIVE Oral contraceptive pills (OCP) are widely used for treating women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Metformin has beneficial effects on insulin resistance and endothelial functions. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of treatment with drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol (EE) alone or in combination with metformin on the(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of the levels of red blood cell distribution width (RDW) with the severity of atherosclerosis and to determine whether or not the RDW level on admission is an independent predictor of all-cause mortality in patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)