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INTRODUCTION EAT is an independent factor in coronary artery disease (CAD). The objective of the current study was to define an echocardiographic cut-off point for EAT and to determine its diagnostic value in predicting the increase in CAD risk. METHODS Two hundred patients underwent coronary artery angiography for diagnosis of CAD and transthoracic(More)
To evaluate heart function in subclinical hypothyroid women in comparison with healthy subjects, a prospective study was performed on newly detected subclinical hypothyroid women presenting to endocrinology clinic of Tabriz Sina Hospital from October 2007 to February 2008. Thirty five women with Subclinical Hypothyroidism (SH) in case group were matched(More)
We describe a 24-year-old construction worker who was unaware that he had been shot by a pneumatic nail gun in the chest during work. After returning home, he felt some palpitations and mild shortness of breath, and in the mirror discovered a non-bleeding pinpoint skin wound in his upper chest. He admitted himself to the emergency department of a local(More)
This cross-sectional study was performed in patients following coronary interventions, to evaluate the effect of cardiac rehabilitation on functional capacity, maximum heart rate on exercise and serum lipid profiles. Consecutive patients after coronary artery intervention randomly referred to cardiac rehabilitation. All patients underwent based exercise(More)
Both surgical and percutaneous closures of atrial septal defects have been successful in reversal of atrial dilatation. We compared the effects of surgical and percutaneous transvenous device closure of atrial septal defect on post-operative changes of P-wave duration, PR segment, and PR interval. Electrocardiographic data were prospectively collected from(More)
BACKGROUND Mitral valve calcification is often incidentally detected on chest computed tomography (CT) scans obtained for a variety of noncardiac indications. In this study, we evaluated the association between mitral valve calcification incidentally detected on chest CT and the presence and severity of mitral valve disease on echocardiography. METHODS Of(More)
INTRODUCTION The plasma N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level is an important diagnostic and prognostic marker of heart failure. Recent studies have suggested urinary NT-proBNP as a new and simple test for diagnosis of heart failure. We aim to compare diagnostic value of plasma, fresh and frozen urine levels of N-terminal probrain(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy (BMV) is the gold standard treatment for rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS) in that it causes significant changes in mitral valve area (MVA) and improves leaflet mobility. Development of or increase in mitral regurgitation (MR) is common after BMV. This study evaluated MR severity and its changes after BMV in(More)