Serdar M Küçükoglu

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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic values of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in infective endocarditis (IE) and to correlate them with the etiology of the disease and the prognosis of the patients. METHODS Fifty patients who were diagnosed as having IE based on Duke criteria (major and/or(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a very common cardiac arrhythmia with an increased mortality in patients with heart failure. Whether the best therapeutic approach to these patients is to restore sinus rhythm or to adequately control the ventricular rate is still controversial. The aim of this study was to compare both strategies in patients with AF and(More)
The PARC-AALA (Paroi artérielle et Risque Cardiovasculaire in Asia Africa/ Middle East and Latin America) study was designed to evaluate the correlation between intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (CCAIMT), carotid plaque and absolute cardiovascular risk in a multi-ethnic population. An international, cross-sectional, study including 79(More)
This report describes a case of right coronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm which ruptured into the left ventricle. The diagnosis was made with two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography which showed an abnormal structure extending from the aortic root into the left ventricle adjacent to the interventricular septum. Subsequent examinations with(More)
This study is designed to evaluate the N-terminal pro-BNP (NTproBNP) levels in patients with mitral stenosis (MS) and its possible correlation with clinical and echocardiographic parameters of the disease. The study group consisted of 29 patients with isolated MS (patients with greater mild regurgitation were excluded) and 20 normal control subjects of(More)
Complications of valve replacement are diverse. In addition to morbidity due to the prosthetic valve itself (e.g. endocarditis, thrombosis), complications due to operative technique may occur in complex cases, as in aortic valve replacement with annular enlargement. Postoperative echocardiography is a simple, non-invasive method to evaluate patients with(More)
BACKGROUND The widespread use of percutaneous mitral commissurotomy (PMC) has led to an increase in restenosis cases. The data regarding follow-up results of repeat PMC are quite limited. The aim of this retrospective analysis is to evaluate the immediate and midterm results of the second PMC, in patients with symptomatic mitral restenosis after a succesful(More)
Papillary fibroelastomas, which were initially incidental findings at autopsy and surgery, are now being recognized with increasing frequency with the widespread use of echocardiography. Because of their embolic potential, an aggressive treatment approach is generally accepted. We report a papillary fibroelastoma located at the chorda of the anterior mitral(More)