Mustafa Mücahit Balcı

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The osteocyte-derived sclerostin has been shown to play a key inhibitor role in determining the normal extent of bone formation, and it consequently protects against the deleterious effects of uncontrolled bone growth. Sclerostin has been demonstrated to be upregulated during vascular smooth muscle cell calcification in vitro and has recently been(More)
Hepatoportal sclerosis (HPS) is a clinical disorder of obscure pathogenesis with a variable clinical profile. The aim of the study was to summarize the clinical features of Turkish patients with HPS and to measure the serum levels of interleukin (IL)-6 and interferon (IFN)-γ to determine the T helper cell profile in the pathogenesis. The study was conducted(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS A relationship between acute leukemia and HLA alleles has been demonstrated in several studies. However, the frequencies of HLA class I (A, B) and class II (DRB1) alleles and haplotypes has not already been determined in Turkish patients with acute leukemia. METHODS We investigated the relation of the HLA alleles and haplotypes in 237(More)
OBJECTIVE Although the role of platelet activation has been debated in patients with mitral stenosis (MS) and spontaneous echocardiographic contrast (SEC), data on differences in mean platelet volume (MPV) according to the presence of SEC/left atrial thrombus and the rhythm status are lacking. In this study, MPV was analyzed in patients with MS according to(More)
PURPOSE Herbal drug use for cardiovascular disease is frequent and growing rapidly. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of herbal medicine use on medication adherence of cardiology patients. METHODS All patients admitted to the outpatient cardiology clinics, who had been prescribed at least one cardiovascular drug before, were asked to(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is an angiographic finding characterized by dilation of an arterial segment with a diameter at least 1.5 times that of its adjacent normal coronary artery. Fragmented QRS (fQRS) complexes are electrocardiographic signals which reflect altered ventricular conduction around regions of a myocardial scar(More)
OBJECTIVES An increased circulating monocyte count has been found to be related to good collateral development in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Our aim in this study was to determine any possible relationship between the levels of circulating monocyte subsets and coronary collateral development. METHODS Patients who had greater than 95%(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare health-related quality of life (HRQoL) measures between novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and warfarin-treated Turkish patients who had been started on oral anticoagulants (OACs) due to non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine the effects of OACs on patient's emotional status, anxiety and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Coronary collateral circulation (CCC) has been demonstrated to be impaired in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus which is characterized by insulin resistance. In this study, our purpose was to find out a possible relationship between CCC and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is also characterized by insulin(More)