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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES In recent years, emerging transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become an alternative for surgery. However, with advanced age, several co-morbid factors together with contrast agent usage can cause deterioration in renal function and increase in the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) with poor prognosis in patients with(More)
Objective. To investigate the biomechanical characteristics of the cornea in patients with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and the prevalence of keratoconus (KC) in MVP. Materials and Methods. Fifty-two patients with MVP, 39 patients with KC, and 45 control individuals were recruited in this study. All the participants underwent ophthalmologic examination,(More)
The TIMI frame count (TFC) is an index of coronary blood flow, and a correction in TFC (CTFC) for left anterior descending artery (LAD) has also been proposed. However, the relationship between TFC and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) parameters of culprit coronary arteries has not been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate IVUS-derived(More)
BACKGROUND There is an established relationship between depression/anxiety disorders and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality which has been previously documented. However, there has been no study evaluating coronary slow flow in association with depression and anxiety. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of consecutive 90 patients were included in the study.(More)
PURPOSE Interestingly, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is used to monitor prostate disorders, has been suggested to be beneficial in estimating prognosis associated with coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship of serum levels of PSA and free PSA (fPSA) with prognosis of acute coronary syndromes(More)
INTRODUCTION Transcatheter aortic valve implantation for severe symptomatic aortic stenosis in patients with a previous mitral valve prosthesis is technically challenging, and pre-procedural comprehensive assessment of these patients before transcatheter aortic valve implantation is vital for an uncomplicated and successful procedure. AIM We want to share(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Mitral annular calcification (MAC) is associated with osteoporosis and there is evidence of reduced bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with renal stone formation (RSF). Therefore, we designed this study to test if RSF was associated with MAC and if this association could be linked to bone resorption. METHODS Fifty-nine(More)
AIMS In this study, we aimed to assess left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic functions by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) and to investigate the effects of 6 month continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on LV systolic and diastolic functions. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 28 new diagnosed(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Electrophysiological changes are observed following mechanical stretches due to pressure overload in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). The electrical instability occurs after depolarization and dispersion of repolarization. The aim of this study was to evaluate changes in ventricular repolarization following transcatheter aortic(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a minimally invasive, emerging therapy in surgically high risk, or inoperable patients. Parameters used for risk classification have some deficiencies in the selection of patients. The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of TAVI on carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) and N-Terminal pro(More)