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BACKGROUND Atorvastatin has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, but its effect on isolated heart valve surgery is unknown. METHODS In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial, 58 patients who underwent isolated heart valve surgery supported by on-pump(More)
BACKGROUND Statin therapy has been thought to improve outcomes in cardiac surgeries. We aimed to determine the statin effects on the development of postoperative atrial fibrillation (AF), hospital length of stay (LOS), and inflammatory status in patients undergoing cardiac surgeries. METHODS A systematic literature search in databases was performed, until(More)
Identifying predictors of electrical storm in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) could help identify those at risk and reduce the incidence of this emergency situation, which has a detrimental effect on mortality and morbidity in patients with ICDs. This retrospective study sought to determine the prevalence and predictors of(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) reduces mortality in selected patients with heart failure. However, this result may not be entirely related to the beneficial hemodynamic effects of CRT. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess retrospectively the effect of CRT on the incidence of appropriate therapy in patients with an(More)
INTRODUCTION In the design of educational programs, much attention has been paid to teaching methods, needs assessment, an important part of the development of educational programs, generally is neglected. Another important aspect in educational program design is assessing effectiveness. The aims of this study were to design a formal needs assessment(More)
BACKGROUND Hospitals are the most costly operational and really important units of health system because they consume about 50%-89% of total health resources. Therefore efficient use of resources could help in saving and reallocating the financial and physical resources. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to obtain an overview of hospitals' performance(More)
BACKGROUND Idiopathic verapamil-sensitive left ventricular tachycardia (ILVT) is the most common form of idiopathic left ventricular tachycardia (VT). Different methods have been proposed for ablation of ILVT. METHODS Between June 2002 and February 2004, 15 patients (12 men; age 28 +/- 11 years, range 12 to 51) with ILVT underwent radiofrequency (RF)(More)
PURPOSE This study was designed to compare clinical, radiological, and general health results of two prostheses (mobile vs. fixed weight-bearing devices) that are used in total knee arthroplasty with a 5-year follow-up. METHODS This randomized controlled study was conducted from 2004 to 2010 in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at two university(More)
Duplications in the ~2 Mb desert region upstream of SOX9 at 17q24.3 may result in familial 46,XX disorders of sex development (DSD) without any effects on the XY background. A balanced translocation with its breakpoint falling within the same region has also been described in one XX DSD subject. We analyzed, by conventional and molecular cytogenetics, 19(More)
BACKGROUND Some controversies exist regarding the proper treatment of hemodynamically tolerated and slow ventricular tachycardia (VT). We intended to assess the effect of cycle length of first VT episode on total ventricular arrhythmia burden in a cohort of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). METHOD Between March 2000 and March(More)