Mehmet Birhan Yilmaz

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The molecular background of the Ca(2+)-sensitizing effect of levosimendan relates to its specific interaction with the Ca(2+)-sensor troponin C molecule in the cardiac myofilaments. Over the years, significant preclinical and clinical evidence has accumulated and revealed a variety of beneficial pleiotropic effects of levosimendan and of its long-lived(More)
BACKGROUND Herbal products have been widely used by many patients with cardiovascular problems solely expecting benefit out of them. Since, it is important to consider patients' needs and believes to prevent breaking off the relationship of patients and physicians, we conducted a survey on patients admitted to our outpatient Cardiology department. METHODS(More)
Development of coronary collaterals (CCs) is triggered by the gradient between arteries due to obstruction and myocardial ischemia. Presence of CCs that feed the jeopardized myocardial area may limit the infarct size after coronary occlusion and may even provide a survival benefit. However, some patients develop good CCs, whereas others do not. The(More)
Background: Acute coronary syndromes, characterized by the rupture of unstable plaque and the subsequent thrombotic process involving platelets, have been increasing in relative frequency. The central role of platelet activation has long been noticed in this pathophysiology; hence, many therapies have been directed against it. In this study, we have aimed(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic myocardial ischaemia due to coronary artery stenosis or occlusion has been shown to increase the growth of coronary collateral circulation. Collateralization leads to increased oxygen delivery to the area at risk and hence may reduce ischaemia, prevent infarction and preserve contractile function. However, there is considerable variation(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with atrial septal defect (ASD) have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation (AF). Previously it was shown that maximum P wave duration and P wave dispersion in 12-lead surface electrocardiograms are significantly increased in individuals with a history of paroxysmal AF. We studied P maximum and P dispersion in adult patients with ASD(More)
Acute right ventricular (RV) failure is a complex clinical syndrome that results from many causes. Research efforts have disproportionately focused on the failing left ventricle, but recently the need has been recognized to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of RV anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and of management approaches. Right(More)
Plummer-Vinson syndrome is known as the association of postcricoid dysphagia, upper esophageal web, and iron deficiency anemia. Although correction of iron deficiency may result in resolution of dysphagia and sometimes disappearance of the webs, dilation therapy is usually necessary to remove webs and relieve dysphagia. We report two cases of Plummer-Vinson(More)
From January 2002 through June 2004, 17 patients (2% of all coronary cases) were treated with off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting combined with percutaneous coronary intervention. There were 13 men and 4 women, whose ages ranged from 54 to 78 years (mean, 63.1 +/- 20.9 yr). Preoperative angiography revealed 2-vessel coronary artery disease in 12(More)