Ozgul Malcok Gurel

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We prospectively analyzed the clinical, echocardiographic, and coronary arteriographic data of 51 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus with left bundle branch block (LBBB), 51 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus without LBBB, and 51 patients with isolated LBBB matched for age and gender. Extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) was classified according(More)
PURPOSE Saphenous vein graft disease (SVGD), defined as an occlusion of 50% or more of the SVG excluding distal anastomotic occlusion, is an important predictor of morbidity after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Late graft occlusion is a serious complication that often limits the use of the saphenous vein as a coronary bypass graft. Late graft(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Increased carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) was shown to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular (CV) mortality in dialysis patients and the general population. Growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15), a member of the transforming growth factor superfamily, is produced by cardiomyocytes and atherosclerotic lesions under stress(More)
Upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis is common after pacemaker or cardioverter-defibrillator implantation. Only 1% to 3% of patients with upper-extremity deep vein thrombosis become symptomatic. Downhill esophageal varices develop in the upper third of the esophagus as a result of the obstruction of the superior vena cava. Herein, we report the case of a(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between pericoronary fat and the severity and extent of atherosclerosis, quantified using 64-multidetector computed tomography, in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. METHODS The study population consisted of 131 patients who were clinically referred for noninvasive(More)
BACKGROUND Differentiating ischemic (ILVD) from nonischemic left ventricular dysfunction (NILVD) is important prognostically and therapeutically but might be difficult clinically. The differentiating role of electrocardiographic (ECG) features in the presence of left bundle-branch block (LBBB) is debatable on differentiating ILVD from NILVD. OBJECTIVE The(More)
Coronary artery fistulas are rare coronary anomalies which generally require coronary angiography for definitive diagnosis. Improvements in ultrasound technology has enabled direct, transthoracic visualization of long portions of coronary arteries. We report a patient with a symptomatic coronary to left ventricular fistula, which was diagnosed with(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Vascular access dysfunction caused by stenosis is a major complication for hemodialysis (HD) patients. However, physiopathology of late arteriovenous fistula (AVF) stenosis is still under investigation. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between plasma soluble EPCR (sEPCR) with serum soluble E-selectin (sE-selectin)(More)
BACKGROUND Galectin-3 (gal-3) is an emerging prognostic biomarker in heart failure (HF). Clinical and experimental studies suggest that gal-3 is an important mediator of HF. Here we aimed to examine the relationship between gal-3 and diastolic dysfunction in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (HD). METHODS We examined the relationship between(More)