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BACKGROUND Onset of atrial fibrillation in hypertensive patients is usually associated with a high occurrence of cardiovascular complications. Therefore, it is important to assess non-invasively the risk of developing paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in hypertensive patients during sinus rhythm. This study was undertaken to determine if hypertensive(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited information regarding myocardial alterations in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in the absence of pulmonary and cardiac comorbidity. In this study, we aimed to evaluate potential myocardial alterations of these patients and investigate the possible effects of OSAS-related pathological variations on left and(More)
Acute physical exertion may trigger an acute coronary syndrome. Furthermore, acute physical exercise may influence hemostatic markers in healthy individuals. However, the effect of acute exercise on blood fibrinolysis and coagulation in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is still not well understood. Nineteen untrained patients with(More)
It is well known that chronic atrial fibrillation (CAF) and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) are associated with hypercoagulable state. However, pathological hemostatic changes during the paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) have not yet been elucidated. To determine platelet activity in patients with PSVT, PAF and CAF, we examined the levels(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease is leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developed and developing countries. Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). The effect of MS on angiographic severity of CAD is not well defined. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of MS on angiographic severity of CAD by using(More)
The outcome of 64 pregnancies in 40 women who conceived after cardiac valve replacement were reviewed. Fetal wastage was 53.2% (25/47) in coumarin administered pregnancies, 36.4% (4/11) using heparin and 16.7% (1/6) without anticoagulants. Two fetal malformations were noted in coumarin administered pregnancies. There were two maternal deaths. Maternal(More)
A case control study was conducted to test the hypothesis that plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1) 4G/5G gene polymorphism confers an increased risk for myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with known coronary atherosclerosis. One hundred fifty-six consecutive patients who presented with acute MI and 111 stable coronary artery disease (SCAD)(More)
Today, Behcet's disease is known as a multisystem disorder. Eye lesions, mouth and genital aphthous lesions, and skin lesions are accepted as major lesions. The disease also attacks the locomotor system, central nervous system, gastrointestinal system and also arteries and veins. According to available data, some 30% of the patients have vascular lesions;(More)
Ten patients were enrolled in this study to evaluate the therapeutic value of percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy in patients with symptomatic pericardial effusion secondary to malignant diseases. Four patients had breast cancer; 2 had lung cancer; 1 had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; and 3 had malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is commonly seen in Central(More)