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OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess the effects of cardiac rehabilitation on the functional capacity, pulmonary functions, quality of life, and psychological state of patients who had heart failure (HF), heart transplantation (HTx), or a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). METHODS An 8-week exercise program was undertaken by 46 patients(More)
OBJECTIVES Levosimendan is a novel positive inotropic calcium sensitiser agent used in acute left heart failure. In this study, the effect of levosimendan on the right ventricular systolic and diastolic functions was evaluated by tissue Doppler comparing them with dobutamine in patients with ischaemic heart failure. METHODS Patients having an acute(More)
BACKGROUND With further progression of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, the left atrial (LA) contribution to LV filling gradually decreases, and LA dysfunction deteriorates the decreased LV filling in patients with heart failure (HF). HYPOTHESIS This study sought to investigate the effects of levosimendan on LA function in patients with HF. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Erectile dysfunction, which is common in men with hypertension, has been reported as a common adverse effect of many antihypertensive drug classes, including beta-blockers and diuretics. Atenolol and nebivolol are both beta(1)-selective blockers, but nebivolol is a new-generation compound with nitric oxide-mediated vasodilating(More)
PURPOSE To compare the effects of home-based and hospital-based exercise programs on exercise capacity, quality of life, psychological symptoms, and hemodynamic parameters in heart failure (HF) patients. METHODS Seventy-four patients were randomized into either a hospital-based exercise (Group 1) or a home-based exercise (Group 2) group. Prior to and(More)
BACKGROUND Levosimendan is a novel positive inotropic calcium sensitizer agent used in acute heart failure. In acute heart failure, it improves hemodynamic parameters more favorably than the conventional positive inotropes. In this study, the effect levosimendan on E/E' ratio as a non-invasive indicator of LV filling pressure was evaluated compared to(More)
The Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure has reported that combinations of low doses of antihypertensive agents from different classes may provide additional antihypertensive efficacy and minimize the likelihood of dose-dependent adverse effects. Doxazosin and amlodipine, alone and in(More)
BACKGROUND Heart transplantation is an important therapeutic option for patients with end-stage disease, but is associated with major pulmonary complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the posttransplant follow-up of 34 orthotopic heart transplant recipients. RESULTS Two of the 34 patients died of cardiac failure in the early(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There are few data on the occurrence of microembolic signals (MES) in patients with lone atrial fibrillation (LAF). The aim of this work was to systematically study the frequency of MES in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic LAF and to compare it with that of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS 37 consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE The relationship between myocardial bridging (MB) and ischemic heart disease is still controversial. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the existing atherosclerosis and noninvasive endothelial function of brachial artery in patients with MB. METHODS The present study included 50 patients (group I) who had MB in left anterior descending (LAD) on(More)