Selim Ekinci

State Hospital of Ercis, Turkey, Arcis, Van, Turkey

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    ABSTRACT: Our aim was to determine if N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) or sonographic measurements of inferior vena caval (IVC) diameters and collapsibility index (IVC-CI) have a role in the monitoring of acute heart failure (AHF) therapy. Inferior vena caval diameters of 50 healthy people (control group) were measured to determine the normal values of the IVC parameters. We then prospectively enrolled patients who were admitted to the emergency department (ED) with a primary diagnosis of AHF. At presentation, IVC diameters were measured during expiration and inspiration, and blood was drawn for NT-proBNP. We repeated the measurement of the IVC parameters and collected a second blood sample 12 hours after the therapy was administered. The data were analyzed in SPSS 15.0 (IBM, Armonk, NY) using the Student t test and Mann-Whitney U test. A total of 97 subjects were enrolled: 47 in the patient group and 50 in the control group. The mean IVC during expiration was 2.10 ± 0.37 cm before and 1.57 ± 0.24 cm after the therapy (P < .001). The mean IVC during inspiration was 1.63 ± 0.40 cm before and 0.90 ± 0.26 cm after the therapy (P < .001). The mean IVC-CI rose from 22.80% ± 10.97% to 43.09% ± 13.63% (P < .001). After the therapy, there was no difference between the IVC-CI of the patients and controls (P = .246). There was no significant change in the mean NT-proBNP levels after the therapy. Inferior vena caval collapsibility index may be helpful in monitoring AHF patients' responses to therapy in the ED.
    The American journal of emergency medicine 01/2014; · 1.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the proportion of silent venous obstruction in patients who underwent pacemaker or lead reimplantation for various reasons. We also investigated independent predictors or risk factor of venous obstruction in this patient population. Seventy-three patients who underwent pacemaker pulse generator and/or lead reimplantation in our institution between 2007 and 2010 were enrolled for this retrospective case-control study. Prior to procedure, patients underwent ipsilateral venography. Patients' venographies were classified as non-significant obstruction (stenosis ≤70%, including normal venogram), significant obstruction (stenosis >70%) and complete obstruction. Continuous and categorical data were compared with Mann-Whitney U test and Chi-square statistics respectively. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify independent predictors of venous obstruction. Complete or significant silent central venous obstruction (CVO) proportion was detected as 9.5% (n=7). Basal characteristics of patients with or without CVO were comparable. Significantly increased pacemaker pocket erosion incidence (57% vs 0%, p=0.001, in groups with and without CVO respectively) and significantly higher mean pacemaker age (15.3 ± 10.2 years vs 10.4 ± 5.1 years, p=0.047, in groups with and without CVO respectively) were found in group with CVO. Pacemaker pocket erosion (OR 3.00; 95% CI 1.024-9.302; p=0.001), higher pacemaker age (OR 1.33; 95% CI 1.026-1.733; p=0.02) were found as independent CVO predictors in multiple logistic regression analysis. Correlation analysis also revealed a significant correlation between previous or current pacemaker pocket erosion and CVO (r=0.80, p=0.001). Ipsilateral venography is a useful procedure prior to pacemaker or lead reimplantation to detect CVO. In addition to the increased pacemaker age, current or past history of erosion and infection at pacemaker pocket are probable clinical conditions related to CVO. These clinical conditions create a predisposition to CVO with unknown mechanisms, according to the results of this preliminary study.
    Anadolu kardiyoloji dergisi: AKD = the Anatolian journal of cardiology 05/2012; 12(5):401-5. · 0.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the effect of coronary artery disease (CAD) severity, distribution and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) on acute ventricular pacing threshold and lead impedance at the time of pacemaker implantation. One hundred and thirty-two patients who received a ventricular pacemaker or internal cardioverter-defibrilator (ICD) lead in our institution between 2007-2010 were included in this observational study. Patients were divided into ICD and anti-bradycardic pacemaker (PM) groups. Groups were compared for ventricular stimulation threshold, lead impedance and LVEF. Later, groups were sub-grouped according to the severity and distribution of CAD and subgroups were compared in both groups for ventricular stimulation threshold, lead impedance. Quantitative data of groups were compared by means of independent samples t-test. Ventricular pacing thresholds were found significantly higher ICD group compared with PM group (p<0.05). Impedance and LVEF values were significantly lower in ICD group (p<0.05). Impedance and ventricular pacing thresholds were comparable in subgroups of ICD and PM groups. Our study does not confirm any relationship between pacing parameters and severity-distribution of CAD and LVEF. Patients with ventricular ICD lead had higher pacing thresholds but lower pacing impedance values comparing with PM group. This study did not find any significant relationship between pacing parameters at implantation and LVEF, severity and distribution of CAD.
    Anadolu kardiyoloji dergisi: AKD = the Anatolian journal of cardiology 02/2012; 12(3):208-13. · 0.72 Impact Factor
  • International Journal of Cardiology 03/2011; 147. · 6.18 Impact Factor