Serdar M Küçükoglu

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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)
OBJECTIVE 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. METHODS An international, cross-sectional,(More)
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)
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)
A routine pre-operative chest X-ray of a patient admitted to our institution for an elective coronary artery bypass operation revealed a mildly dilated mediastinal silhouette, which led the cardiovascular surgery resident to schedule emergency transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), with a special note asking for detailed evaluation of the ascending aorta and(More)
The biatrial approach has been the classic means of access for left atrial myxoma resection. Increased surgical experience led cardiac surgeons to favour the uniatrial approach to reduce incisions and achieve adequate exposure. In this study, two unilateral surgical approaches were compared in 18 consecutive left atrial myxoma cases. Patients were divided(More)
Cardiac cystic echinococcosis is a rare parasitic infestation caused by Echinococcus granulosus larvae and it composes 0.5-2% of all human cystic echinococcosis cases. The left ventricle is the most common affected area followed by right ventricle, interventricular septum, left atrium, right atrium, and interatrial septum. The diagnosis is difficult because(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)