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BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) influences endothelial function and causes hypertension. OBJECTIVES Our aim was to evaluate the role of endothelial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of hypertension in OSAS. METHODS Twenty-three patients with OSAS but without hypertension and 15 healthy normotensive subjects were investigated. The(More)
Subclinical hypothyroidism and subclinical hyperthyroidism are two frequently occurring conditions for which exact therapeutic approaches have not yet been established. The aim of this study was to compare the endothelial function and carotid artery intimae-media thickness (IMT) of these two groups of patients to euthyroid subjects and to assess the effects(More)
BACKGROUND Accidental ingestion of foreign bodies is common in clinical practice. While perforation of the ileum and jejunum due to the ingested foreign body is common, duodenal perforation is rare. In this report, our experience with this rare entity is shared. CASE REPORT Here we present a 31-year-old patient with gastrointestinal tract perforation at(More)
Impaired endothelium-dependent vasomotion is a diffuse disease process resulting in abnormal regulation of blood vessel tone and loss of several atheroprotective effects of the normal endothelium. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of aging and hypertension on endothelial function. Sixty-six geriatric subjects with ages over 60 (48(More)
Background: Aspirin resistance may increase up to more then threefold the risk of major cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Aim:The aim of our study was to determine; the prevalence of aspirin resistance in patients with acute coronary syndromes, the role of aspirin resistance on outcome in the follow-up and the(More)
The differences between long-acting dihydropyridines and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors with regard to their long-term effects on 24-h heart rate variability (HRV) and left ventricular (LV) mass are less clear in mild-to-moderate essential hypertension. We studied the long-term effects of amlodipine and fosinopril on 24-h HRV and LV mass in(More)
BACKGROUND Microvascular perfusion is often impaired after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We proposed that in situ thrombosis might contribute to poor myocardial perfusion in this setting. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated the effect of low-dose intracoronary streptokinase administered immediately after primary PCI. METHODS(More)
The potential of individuals to develop coronary collateral circulation is often neglected but is of potential major importance in myocardial vulnerability. Likewise, the effect of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on collateral vessel development is not known. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of CKD on collateral development in patients with(More)
Essential thrombocytosis is a myeloproliferative disorder of unknown etiology manifested clinically by the overproduction of platelets in the absence of a definable cause. Platelet dysfunction in essential thrombocytosis results in both hemorrhage and thrombosis. It is one of the rare causes of ischemic cardiovascular events. Fewer than 20 cases of(More)