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P-wave dispersion is defined as the difference between the maximum and the minimum P-wave duration recorded from multiple different-surface ECG leads. It has been known that increased P-wave duration and P-wave dispersion reflect prolongation of intraatrial and interatrial conduction time and the inhomogeneous propagation of sinus impulses, which are(More)
OBJECTIVES Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, multisystemic disorder characterised by recurrent oral aphtous ulcers, genital ulcers and ocular inflammation. Vasculitis and thrombotic events are the most important causes of mortality. Vena cava thrombosis, pulmonary artery aneurysms, Budd-Chiari syndrome, peripheral artery aneurysms, dural sinus thrombosis(More)
BACKGROUND Evaluating patients with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a time consuming, expensive and problematic process in the emergency department. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic and prognostic value of glycogen phosphorylase isoenzyme-BB (GP-BB) in ACS. METHODS A total of 72 patients (mean age 61.8 ± 11.6 years) with(More)
OBJECTIVES There are some clinical and echocardiographic parameters to predict paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), but more sensitive predictors are needed. Tissue Doppler imaging may be a sensitive method for this purpose. METHODS Thirty-four patients with PAF and 31 control subjects were studied. Time intervals from the beginning of P-wave to(More)
A 59-year-old man was admitted with unresolved chest pain after coronary artery bypass graft surgery that had been performed 3 years earlier; aorta-obtuse marginalis, and aorta-posterior descending artery with the use of a saphenous vein graft and left anterior descending arteryleft internal mammary artery (LIMA). He reported recurrent angina pectoris and(More)
BACKGROUND Valves, stenosis, and occlusion in the coronary sinus (CS) may affect the success of left ventricular (LV) lead implantation in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). We present our experience in percutaneous CS intervention (PCSI) to facilitate LV lead implantation and stabilization. METHODS AND RESULTS Transvenous LV lead implantation was(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing evidence-based indications for the implantation of permanent pacemakers (PMs) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have led to an increase in the rate of device infections. The aim of the present study was to evaluate infection frequency, clinical characteristics, risk factors, and microbiologic and therapeutic features(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate heart rate variability (HRV) and heart rate recovery (HRR) in otherwise healthy ankylosing spondlitis (AS) patients and control subjects. A total of 28 patients with AS and 30 volunteers matched for age and sex were enrolled. All subjects underwent HRV analysis, exercise testing (ET), and transthoracic echocardiography.(More)
OBJECTIVE Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) has been shown to be an effective treatment in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) who are refractory to medical treatment. We describe an alternative approach for septal ablation with glue (cyanoacrylate), which is particularly useful in patients with the collateral formation to the right(More)
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is defined as myocardial hypertrophy in the absence of another cardiac or systemic disease capable of producing the magnitude of present hypertrophy. In about 70% of patients with HCM, there is left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction (LVOTO) and this is known as obstructive type of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy(More)