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Acta Cardiologica Sinica

Taner Şeker
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January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Yusuf Ziya Şener, Metin Okşul, Vedat Hekimsoy
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January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Metin Okşul, Yusuf Ziya Şener, Cem Çöteli
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January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Kei-Ip Cheong, Wen-Po Chuang, Yen-Wen Wu, Shan-Huei Huang
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January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Ugur Nadir Karakulak, Sercan Okutucu, Utku Lokman, Ovunc Bilgin, Engin Tutkun, Omer Hinc Yilmaz, Ali Oto
Background: Lead exposure causes a wide range of vascular diseases through oxidative stress, sympathetic hyperactivity and impairment in nitric oxide bioavailability. In this study, the association between the effects of lead exposure on left ventricular diastolic indices and erectile function were assessed. Methods: A total of 94 lead-exposed workers without known cardiovascular diseases or risk factors and 30 healthy subjects were enrolled. Systolic and diastolic functions were measured using transthoracic echocardiography...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Jih-Shyong Lin, Chia-Jung Wang, Wen-Tyng Li
Background: Vascular smooth muscle cells play a critical role in the intimal hyperplasia of restenosis. A previous study of a rat balloon injury model demonstrated that photodynamic therapy (PDT) using indocyanine green (ICG) and near-infrared (NIR) light irradiation reduced intimal hyperplasia in carotid arteries. However, the effect of ICG-PDT on smooth muscle cells remains unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of PDT with ICG and NIR irradiation on the viability of vascular smooth muscle (A-10) cells...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Yi-Jen Chen, Hung-Pin Tu, Chia-Ling Lee, Wei-Chun Huang, Jin-Shiou Yang, Cyuan-Fong Li, Chia-Hsin Chen, Ko-Long Lin
Background: The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) and cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) are exercise tests associated with physical function, quality of life and hemodynamic data in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This study was conducted to assess correlations between exercise capacity, quality of life and disease functional classification, and to analyze the value of comprehensive assessments in predicting mortality in patients with PAH. Methods: Fifty-four patients with PAH were enrolled...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Shih-Wei Meng, Ting-Tse Lin, Min-Tsun Liao, Ho-Min Chen, Chao-Lun Lai
Background: We aimed to examine the comparative effectiveness and safety between low-dose dabigatran and rivaroxaban in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Methods: Using the National Health Insurance claims database in Taiwan, we conducted head-to-head comparisons among adult non-valvular AF patients prescribed with dabigatran 110 mg or rivaroxaban 15 mg between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2015. A propensity score was derived using logistic regression to model the probability of receiving different non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) as a function of potential confounders, and an inverse-probability- of-treatment-weighted (IPTW) pseudo-cohort was created...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Turan Erdoğan, Murtaza Emre Durakoğlugil, Mustafa Çetin, Sinan Altan Kocaman, Hakan Duman, Yüksel Çiçek, Ömer Şatıroğlu
Background: Visceral obesity is strongly associated with atherosclerosis. Even though waist circumference (WC) is the most common assessment method of total visceral adipose tissue and cardiometabolic risk, this method lacks direct measurement of adipose tissue and has better correlation to subcutaneous fat rather than visceral fat. We intended to investigate whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is clinically superior to body mass index (BMI) and WC in predicting Framingham risk score (FRS) and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT)...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Po-Sen Huang, Zhih-Cherng Chen, Kuo-Ting Tang, Wei-Ting Chang
Background: Percutaneous interventions help patients with various cardiovascular diseases, however radiation exposure is a safety concern for both patients and health care providers. We previously reported that dose area product (DAP) is apparently different in central body and upper-limb areas during percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for arteriovenous shunt dysfunction. In this study, we investigated the precise radiation dose at the patients' back and at the non-targeted organs of the operators...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Yusuf Çekici, Salih Kılıç, Erhan Saraçoğlu, Mustafa Çetin, İrfan Veysel Düzen, Mücahid Yılmaz
Background: It is unclear whether isolated coronary artery ectasia (iCAE) is associated with whole blood viscosity (WBV). In the present study, we investigated WBV in coronary artery ectasia (CAE) patients. Methods: Seventy-eight patients with iCAE and 83 controls with normal coronary arteries were selected from 12290 patients who underwent coronary angiography between January 2014 and December 2017. WBV was calculated with a validated equation from hematocrit and total plasma protein levels for a low (LSR) and high (HSR) shear rate...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Adem Adar, Orhan Onalan, Fahri Cakan
Background: ST-segment shifts in lead aVR are associated with increased coronary atherosclerosis. However, there is insufficient data about the relationship between ST-segment shifts in lead aVR and coronary complexity. The aim of this study was to investigate this relationship. Methods: This prospective, observational study included 236 patients with acute coronary syndrome who underwent coronary angiography. Electrocardiograms on presentation were reviewed in terms of ST-segment shifts in lead aVR...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Yi-Heng Li, Yu-Wei Chiu, Jun-Jack Cheng, I-Chang Hsieh, Ping-Han Lo, Meng-Huan Lei, Kwo-Chang Ueng, Fu-Tien Chiang, Shih-Hsien Sung, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Ching-Pei Chen, Wen-Ter Lai, Wen-Lieng Lee, Jyh-Hong Chen
Background: Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), including ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST segment elevation (NSTE)-ACS have a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. This study evaluated the practice patterns of ACS care in Taiwan from 2005 to 2018. Methods: Data from two nationwide ACS registries (2008-2010 and 2012-2015) were used. ACS patients who received percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) during admission were compared between the two registries...
January 2019: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Serkan Cay, Ozcan Ozeke, Meryem Kara, Firat Ozcan, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloglu
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November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Dyi-Yu Tsai, Hung-Shi Tseng, Jian-Ming Chen, Wei-Lian Phan, Jen-Yu Wang, Chia-Lun Chao
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November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Wei-Chieh Lee, Hsiu-Yu Fang, Chiung-Jen Wu
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November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Sheng-Hong Shi, Tien-Jen Chen
Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is the most common therapy used to treat dialysis patients with an occluded arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or arteriovenous graft (AVG). AVF or AVG hemostasis after PTA is time consuming, and it may be complicated with acute thrombosis of the AVF or AVG and re-bleeding from the puncture site. In this study, we prospectively studied 145 hemodialysis patients with occluded AVF or AVG using a modified purse-string suture with short tubing tourniquet technique for hemostasis following PTA, during which we used heparin and urokinase infusion...
November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Kurtulus Karauzum, Irem Karauzum, Teoman Kilic, Tayfun Sahin, Canan Baydemir, Serap Baris Argun, Umut Celikyurt, Ulas Bildirici, Aysen Agir
Purpose: Bendopnea is a recently reported novel symptom in patients with heart failure (HF) defined as shortness of breath when bending forward. It has been demonstrated that bendopnea is associated with advanced symptoms and worse outcomes. The aim of this study was to assess the presence of bendopnea and its clinical importance with regards to functional status, hemodynamic and echocardiographic characteristics in outpatient pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients. Methods: We conducted this prospective observational study of 53 patients who were admitted to our PAH clinic for routine control visits...
November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Wei-Ting Chang, Chih-Hsin Hsu, Tzu-Ling Huang, Ying-Ching Tsai, Chun-Yen Chiang, Zhih-Cherng Chen, Jhih-Yuan Shih
Background: The outcome of pulmonary hypertension (PH) mainly depends on the development of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction, and survival among patients with different etiologies of PH varies. Chronic hypoxia is a major cause of secondary PH, however the mechanisms of its associated RV dysfunction are largely unknown. Herein, we studied the role of microRNA-21 (miR-21) in hypoxia-induced RV dysfunction. Methods: In this longitudinal, prospective study, we enrolled 41 patients with hypoxia-induced PH...
November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
Youjia Li, Zhigeng Zhong, Songbao Luo, Xiaoyan Han, Yuchan Liang, Genlin Huang, Weikun Zhou, Qiong Ding, Yan Huang, Zhenmei Wu
Background: This study investigated whether patients in the acute stage of cerebral infarction (ACI) might benefit from single-drug antihypertensive therapy (AT) without the use of preset target levels. Methods: A total of 320 ACI patients were randomly divided into an AT group and a control group (group C) (160 patients in each group). The AT group received single antihypertensive drug treatment after the first 48 hours of onset with 5 mg of amlodipine besylate or 150 mg of irbesartan once a day...
November 2018: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
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