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BACKGROUND In patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), we investigated the relation of left atrial (LA) deformational parameters evaluated by two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) with conventional echocardiographic diastolic dysfunction parameters and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level. METHODS Ninety STEMI(More)
Aneurysms of the left atrial appendage are extremely rare. Enlargement of the left atrial appendage can be congenital or acquired. Dysplasia of the left atrial muscles leads to congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm and usually presents as atrial tachyarrhythmia or embolic events in the second or third decade of life. We report a case of an asymptomatic(More)
Obesity is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide. Altered pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drugs in obese patients require dose adjustment according to body weight. New oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are more frequently used for anticoagulation, are recommended to be used at a fixed(More)
OBJECTIVE Osteopontin (OPN), a sialoprotein present within atherosclerotic lesions, especially in calcified plaques, is linked to the progression of coronary artery disease and heart failure. We assessed the impact of valve surgery on serum OPN and left ventricular (LV) function in patients with mitral regurgitation (MR). METHODS Thirty-two patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION Atrial conduction time has important hemodynamic effects on ventricular filling and is accepted as a predictor of atrial fibrillation. In this study we assessed atrial conduction time in patients with non ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCMP) and functional mitral regurgitation (MR) and aimed to determine factors predicting atrial conduction(More)
AIMS Estimation of left ventricular (LV) filling pressures is a clinical challenge in patients with preserved ejection fraction (EF). In the present study, we investigated whether LV and atrial longitudinal strain and strain rate (SR) parameters derived by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) could be used to predict invasively measured LV end-diastolic(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) show both systolic and diastolic left ventricular dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess post-myocardial infarction diastolic dysfunction using left atrial ejection force (LAEF) in patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). (More)
Volume overload in chronic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) causes left atrial (LA) remodeling. Volume overload generally diminishes after mitral valve surgery and LA size and shape are expected to recover. The recovery of LA functions named as reverse remodeling is said to be related with prognosis and mortality. A few clinical and echocardiographic(More)