Ayse Saatci Yasar

Ataturk Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery Education and Research Hospital, Engüri, Ankara, Turkey

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Publications (39)89.4 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The provisional strategy (PS) is an accepted modality of treatment in coronary bifurcation interventions, though, after main vessel (MV) stenting, the assessment of the side branch (SB) becomes more difficult. In bifurcation interventions, the major advantage of fractional flow reserve (FFR) is the avoidance of the need for SB intervention. However, SB access with a pressure wire after MV stenting may be difficult, sometimes impossible. The objective of this paper was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of physiologic assessment of SB lesions using FFR with the jailed pressure wire (JPW) in patients undergoing the PS. Although the JPW technique is theoretically possible in the PS, there is no information available on the use of this technique.
    09/2014; 10(5):570-273.
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    ABSTRACT: Mean platelet volume (MPV), one of the indices of platelet reactivity has been shown to be related to impaired angiographic reperfusion in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients treated with primary angioplasty or thrombolytics. However data regarding MPV and its association with ST-segment resolution; an indicator of epicardial and tissue level reperfusion in the setting of STEMI are limited. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether MPV on admission is associated with ST-segment resolution in STEMI patients treated with thrombolytics.
  • Mehmet Bilge, Ayşe Saatçi Yaşar, Sina Ali, Recai Alemdar
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    Mehmet Bilge, Recai Alemdar, Ayse Saatci Yasar
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    ABSTRACT: Percutaneous mitral valve repair with the MitraClip is a new promising therapeutic option for symptomatic severe mitral regurgitation (MR). Acute myocardial infarction (MI) is a well-recognized cause of papillary muscle rupture (PMR). If PMR is untreated, the prognosis is poor and the mortality could be as high as 80% during the first week of post MI. For patients with PMR, the standard therapy for MR is open surgical repair or replacement. But, in our case, percutaneous mitral valve repair with the MitraClip was chosen technique because of the metastatic colon cancer. We report the case of a 60-year-old woman who underwent successful percutaneous mitral valve repair with the MitraClip system for the treatment of acute MI complicated by PMR. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 04/2013; · 2.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a promising new technology which is typically used to treat elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis who cannot undergo surgical aortic valve replacement due to high risk factors. This procedure may also be a therapeutic option in particular relatively young cases with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who are unsuitable candidates for surgery. Clinical experience with TAVI in these patients is very limited due to concerns regarding long-term valve durability. Herein, the case is reported of a 57-year-old man with severe aortic stenosis who presented with decompensated heart failure and successfully underwent transfemoral CoreValve implantation. To the best of the present authors' knowledge, this is the youngest reported patient to have received a CoreValve bioprosthesis to date.
    The Journal of heart valve disease 01/2013; 22(1):89-92. · 1.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to investigate the effect of coronary perfusion on QT interval dispersion in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI). Seventy-seven consecutive patients who had undergone primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for a first ST segment elevation MI during the first 12 h of symptom onset were included in the study. After achievement of thrombolysis in MI (TIMI) 3 flow of the infarct-related artery, corrected TIMI frame count (cTFC) and TIMI myocardial perfusion grade (TMPG) were measured. ECGs were performed in the following manner: at baseline, within 1 h after completion of the procedure, 24 h after the procedure and 48 h after the procedure. The corrected QT dispersion (QTd) and ST segment resolution (STR) were calculated. There was a difference between the durations of corrected QTd (cQTd) before PCI and cQTd just after PCI. On the first day, cQTd before PCI was significantly more prolonged (52.3 ± 80 vs. 41.5 ± 49, P = 0.05) than cQTd on second day (52.3 ± 80 vs. 37 ± 50, P = 0.001). In the correlation analysis conducted among the durations of cQTd, cTFC and TMPG, no significant association was established. STR was, however, inversely correlated with duration of cQTd. Our study results demonstrated that primary percutaneous coronary intervention leads to progressive shortening of QT dispersion in successful reperfusion, even in reduced cTFC.
    Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine 09/2011; 12(11):795-9. · 2.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is characterized by an abnormal dilatation of the coronary arteries. The most common cause of CAE is atherosclerosis but other possible etiologies include congenital abnormalities and inflammatory and connective tissue disease. Earlier studies have documented the association of CAE with the presence of aneurysms in other vascular beds. However, cardiac venous system in patients with isolated CAE has not been studied earlier. In this study, we aimed to assess coronary venous vessels by antegrade coronary venous angiography in patients with isolated CAE. Twenty-four patients with isolated CAE without significant stenosis and 21 age-matched and sex-matched controls without CAE were included in this study. The anatomy of the coronary venous system was imaged in a left anterior oblique view at an angle of 45° by antegrade coronary angiography. Patients with isolated CAE had significantly larger coronary veins compared with control individuals with angiographically normal coronary arteries (coronary sinus ostium: 10.1 ± 1.0 vs. 8.5 ± 2.2 mm, respectively, P=0.003; coronary sinus mid level: 7.9 ± 1.4 vs. 6.5 ± 1.6, respectively, P=0.003; great cardiac vein: 5.6 ± 1.0 vs. 4.3 ± 0.8, respectively, P=0.001; middle cardiac vein: 3.9 ± 1.3 vs. 3.7 ± 1.4, respectively, P=0.52; posterior or lateral vein: 3.2 ± 1.1 vs. 2.4 ± 0.7, respectively, P=0.016). We have shown for the first time a significant dilatation in the coronary veins in patients with isolated CAE, suggesting the presence of a more extensive vascular destruction in the coronary circulation.
    Coronary artery disease 12/2010; 21(8):450-4. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to evaluate coronary blood flow by means of the TIMI (Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction) frame count in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy who had angiographically proven normal coronary arteries and compare the results with those of healthy subjects. This retrospective study included 62 patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (34 men, 28 women; mean age 59.7 ± 10.6 years) and 62 control subjects without dilated cardiomyopathy (28 men, 34 women; mean age 56.6 ± 9.8 years). All patients and control subjects had angiographically proven normal coronary arteries. Dilated cardiomyopathy patients had a left ventricular ejection fraction =45%. The TIMI frame count was determined for each major coronary artery in each patient. Statistical analysis was performed using Student's t test, Chi-square test and Pearson correlation analysis. The TIMI frame counts for each major epicardial coronary artery were found to be significantly higher in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy compared to control subjects (corrected TIMI frame count for left anterior descending coronary artery: 37.0 ± 12.5 vs 28.7 ± 11.6, respectively, p=0.001; left circumflex coronary artery: 37.7 ± 12.1 vs 31.0 ± 12.5, respectively, p=0.003; right coronary artery: 37.4 ± 12.6 vs 30.7 ± 11.6, respectively, p=0.003). Mean TIMI frame count had significant although weak positive correlation with left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (r=0.350, p=0.001) and left ventricular end-systolic diameter (r=0.358, p=0.001). We have shown that patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and angiographically normal coronary arteries have higher TIMI frame counts for all three coronary vessels, indicating impaired coronary blood flow, compared to control subjects without dilated cardiomyopathy.
    Anadolu kardiyoloji dergisi: AKD = the Anatolian journal of cardiology 11/2010; 10(6):514-8. · 0.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To provide information about the effect of autonomic dysfunction on P-wave dispersion, as a predictor of atrial fibrillation, in patients with spinal cord injury. Thirty patients with chronic traumatic spinal cord injury and 27 healthy controls were included in this study. The initial assessment of the patients included routine physical examination and evaluation of 12-lead electrocardiography. In the patient group, blood pressure and electrocardiography recordings were obtained during urodynamic assessment. The measurements of the P-wave duration were performed manually by two blinded investigators. P-wave dispersion was calculated as the difference between maximum P-wave duration and minimum P-wave duration. P-wave dispersion values of resting electrocardiography recordings in control and study groups were compared. In the patient group, subgroup analyses were also performed according to the injury level and severity and existence of autonomic dysfunction in examinations. P-wave dispersion values were greater in patients with spinal cord injury than in healthy controls. There was statistically significant difference between P-wave dispersion values of the patients with and without autonomic dysfunction. P-wave dispersion values at initial sensation of vesical filling were greater than those of the resting state in the patients without autonomic dysfunction. Our findings indicate that P-wave dispersion increases significantly in chronic spinal cord injured patients with autonomic dysfunction. This finding suggests a tendency for atrial fibrillation occurrence in patients with spinal cord injury, which may cause further cerebrovascular complications in this special subset of patients by creating a thromboembolic milieu.
    American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists 10/2010; 89(10):824-30. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and neopterin are associated with atherosclerosis. We aimed to evaluate the association between hsCRP and neopterin, and myocardial ischemia during exercise stress test (EST) in patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP) and to assess the predictive value of these mediators in obstructive coronary artery disease. Forty-five patients with SAP were included in this prospective observational study. EST- positive group included 23 patients (15 males, mean age 54 ± 10 years) and EST-negative group-22 patients (14 males, mean age 52 ± 9 years). In each patient, blood samples were obtained 1 hour before and 30 minutes after EST. In EST-positive group, coronary angiography was performed to determine the presence and severity of coronary artery lesions as assessed by Gensini score. Statistical analysis was performed using Chi-square, unpaired t, Mann-Whitney U and Wilcoxon rank tests. Logistic regression analysis was used to establish the predictive value of tests. Before EST, hsCRP and neopterin levels were similar between the two groups, however, hsCRP levels were higher in EST-positive group after EST (p=0.03). There was no significant difference between the two groups with respect to neopterin levels after EST (p=0.4). In EST-positive group, EST resulted in significant increases in both hsCRP and neopterin levels (from 3.8 ± 2.8 mg/L to 4.3 ± 3.1 mg/L, p=0.001; from 8.7 ± 4.0 nmol/L to 13.1 ± 10.0 nmol/L, p=0.001, respectively). In EST-negative group only neopterin levels significantly increased after EST (from 6.9 ± 1.8 nmol/L to 9.0 ± 3.9 nmol/L, p=0.001). No relation was observed between the obstructive coronary lesions and the levels of hsCRP or neopterin at any point. In SAP patients, independent with the existence of obstructive coronary lesion, elevated levels of hsCRP after EST might be an indicator of immune activation caused by myocardial ischemia.
    Anadolu kardiyoloji dergisi: AKD = the Anatolian journal of cardiology 10/2010; 10(6):502-7. · 0.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: High levels of mean platelet volume (MPV) have been shown to be a predictor of poor clinical outcome among survivors of myocardial infarction. We evaluated the association between admission MPV and infarct-related artery (IRA) patency in patients treated with thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We retrospectively evaluated 133 consecutive patients with ST-elevation AMI, who received thrombolytic therapy within 12 hours of chest pain. Sixty-five patients received streptokinase and 68 patients received recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator, based on the discretion of the physician. Blood samples were taken before thrombolytic therapy and MPV was measured. Coronary angiography was performed within a mean of two days after thrombolytic therapy and the flow in the IRA was assessed with the TIMI flow grade and corrected TIMI frame count (CTFC). After thrombolytic therapy, TIMI 3 flow was achieved in 62 patients (46.6%), whereas 71 patients (53.4%) had insufficient TIMI flow. Patients with insufficient TIMI flow had a significantly higher mean admission MPV (9.8+/-1.5 fl vs. 8.6+/-1.4 fl; p<0.001) and were more likely to have been given streptokinase (p=0.02). The two groups were similar with respect to the type of IRA and the number of diseased vessels (p>0.05). There was a weak correlation between MPV and CTFC (p=0.01). Multivariate analysis showed MPV (OR 1.871, 95% CI 1.402-2.498; p<0.001) and the type of thrombolytic agent (OR 2.915; 95% CI 1.333-6.374; p=0.007) as independent predictors of insufficient TIMI flow. The receiver operating characteristic analysis yielded a cutoff value of 8.885 fl for MPV to predict insufficient TIMI flow, with sensitivity and specificity being 70.4% and 66.1%, respectively. Our findings show that a higher admission MPV is associated with an increased risk for insufficient TIMI flow in the IRA after thrombolytic therapy for AMI.
    Turk Kardiyoloji Dernegi arsivi: Turk Kardiyoloji Derneginin yayin organidir 03/2010; 38(2):85-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcers (PAU), aortic dissection, and intramural hematoma are the three most important diseases involving the aorta which are classified as acute aortic syndromes. Penetrating atherosclerotic aortic ulceration is characterized by ulceration of atheromatous plaque disrupting the internal elastic lamina. These aortic ulcers may penetrate through the media to cause aortic pseudoaneurysms or less often through the adventitia to cause transmural aortic rupture. We described a case of penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer of ascending aorta mimicking ST elevation myocardial infarction. To our knowledge, this is the first case reported in the literature of such a complication from PAU.
    Echocardiography 10/2009; 26(9):1084-6. · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Metabolic syndrome (MS) has been reported to be associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to investigate P-wave dispersion (PWD) in patients with MS. The study population included 66 patients with MS (21 men, 45 women; mean age, 49.7 +/- 9.1 years) and 63 control subjects without MS (26 men, 37 women; mean age, 47.0 +/- 10.6 years). The diagnosis of MS was based on the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III criteria. A 12-lead electrocardiogram was recorded for each subject. The difference between maximum and minimum P-wave duration was calculated and defined as PWD. An echocardiographic examination was also performed for each subject. Maximum P-wave duration and PWD were found to be significantly higher in patients with MS compared with the control subjects (Maximum P-wave duration: 113.5 +/- 9.7 ms vs 101.0 +/- 8.1 ms, PWD: 37.8 +/- 7.6 vs 23.3 +/- 5.9, respectively, P < 0.001 for both). However, there was no statistically significant difference between two groups regarding minimum P-wave duration (75.6 +/- 6.9 ms vs 77.6 +/- 7.8 ms, respectively, P = 0.18). In addition, PWD was positively correlated with age, body mass index, waist circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride level, deceleration time, isovolumetric relaxation time and negatively correlated with high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level and early-to-late diastolic velocity ratio. We have shown that patients with MS have higher PWD, indicating increased risk for AF, compared to the control subjects without MS.
    Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology 09/2009; 32(9):1168-72. · 1.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dilatation primarily confined to the left atrial appendage (LAA) is an unusual condition in nonrheumatic mitral valve disease. We report a case of 56-year-old male with a giant LAA secondary to ischemic severe mitral regurgitation without significant dilatation of the left atrial main chamber. The mitral regurgitation jet was directed toward the LAA, which we thought as the cause of disproportionate LAA enlargement.
    Echocardiography 09/2009; 26(10):1225-7. · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The metabolic syndrome (MS) is highly prevalent in patients with acute myocardial infarction. It has been shown that MS is associated with poor in-hospital outcome and long-term survival in patients with acute myocardial infarction. We aimed to investigate the effect of MS on the infarct-related artery patency in patients treated with thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction. We retrospectively analyzed 116 patients who were admitted to our clinics with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction and received thrombolytic therapy within 12 h of chest pain. MS was diagnosed according to National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III criteria. The flow in the infarct-related artery was analyzed according to the thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) flow grade and corrected TIMI frame count. MS was present in 55.2% of patients. The proportion of patients with MS who achieved TIMI grade 3 f low after thrombolysis was significantly lower than that of patients without MS (41.5 vs. 58.5%, P < 0.001). Moreover, corrected TIMI frame counts were significantly higher inpatients with MS (58.3+/-34.8 vs. 44.7+/-28.1, P =0.02). On multivariate logistic regression analysis MS was the only independent predictor of TIMI flow less than 3 (P =0.03,odds ratio = 3.545, 95% confidence interval: 1.064-11.808). We have shown for the first time that patients with MS have lower rates of TIMI grade 3 flow and higher corrected TIMI frame counts after thrombolytic therapy for acute myocardial infarction.
    Coronary artery disease 08/2009; 20(6):387-91. · 1.56 Impact Factor
  • Anadolu kardiyoloji dergisi: AKD = the Anatolian journal of cardiology 02/2009; 9(1):E1. · 0.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Stent fracture (SF) was suggested to be an unusual cause of restenosis after drug eluting-stent implantation. However, angiographically visible complete SF after bare metal stent (BMS) implantation is extremely rare. Here we report a case of SF of a BMS representing with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). To our knowledge, this is the first report of early fracture of a BMS in the right coronary artery, resulting in ACS.
    International journal of cardiology 12/2008; 139(3):e44-6. · 6.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ventricular septal defect associated with infundibular pulmonary stenosis is a relatively uncommon congenital cardiac defect. We report the first case of a patient with perimembranous small ventricular septal defect and infundibular stenosis suffered from pulmonary valve endocarditis and septic pulmonary embolism.
    Echocardiography 10/2008; 25(8):904-7. · 1.26 Impact Factor
  • Emine Bilen, Ayse Saatci Yasar, Mehmet Bilge, Mustafa Kurt
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    ABSTRACT: (ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY, Volume 25, July 2008)
    Echocardiography 08/2008; 25(6):662. · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present study was designed to analyse and compare the major coronary risk factors of female and male patients with premature coronary artery disease (CAD) aged < or = 45 years. We evaluated 4613 consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography at our institution; 572 symptomatic patients (489 men and 83 women) diagnosed as having premature CAD (age < or = 45 years) were included in our analysis. For each patient, the presence of major coronary risk factors such as family history of CAD, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and cigarette smoking were recorded. Besides, clinical presentation and angiographic findings were also recorded. The most common risk factor was cigarette smoking in young men (70.3%). However, the major coronary risk factor was hypercholesterolaemia in young women (67.5%). When we compared two groups with respect to major coronary risk factors, we found that the prevalence of diabetes mellitus and hypertension were significantly higher in young women than in young men (diabetes mellitus: 27.7% vs. 12.3%, respectively, P < 0.001, hypertension: 56.6% vs. 23.4%, respectively, P < 0.001). However, cigarette smoking was found to be significantly higher in men than in women (70.3% vs. 28.9% respectively, P < 0.001). We have shown for the first time the impact of gender on the coronary risk factor profile in young Turkish patients with premature CAD. These findings may be useful for gender-based management and risk factor modification of young patients with premature CAD.
    Acta cardiologica 02/2008; 63(1):19-25. · 0.61 Impact Factor

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336 Citations
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  • 2009–2013
    • Ataturk Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery Education and Research Hospital
      Engüri, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2009–2010
    • Ankara Atatürk Training and Research Hospital
      Engüri, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2004–2008
    • Inonu University
      • Department of Cardiology
      Malatia, Malatya, Turkey