Ilknur Can, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Ilknur Can

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Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 508
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Roberta Beach

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Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division

Medical School, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara Turkey

Internal Medicine Residency, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara Turkey

Cardiology Fellowship, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara Turkey

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, University of Minnesota, USA

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship, University of Leicester, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK


Dr.Can has been a faculty member in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in Turkey at Necmettin Erbakan University between the years 2004-2017. She has completed Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at University of Minnesota and University of Leicester, UK. She has experience both in medical education and clinical care. Her research interests focus mainly on cardiac arrhythmias.


Cardiovascular Diseases, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology


Research Summary/Interests

Medical education; Cardiac arrhythmias


  • Kabakci, G., Yildirir, A., Can, I., Unsal, I., Erbas, B., “Relationship between endogenous sex hormone levels, lipoproteins and coronary atherosclerosis in men undergoing coronary angiography”, Cardiology, 92, 221-225 (1999).
  • Kose, S., Aytemir, K., Can, I., Iyisoy, A., Kilic, A., Amasyali, B., Kursaklioglu, H., Isik, E., Oto, A., Demirtas, E., “Seasonal variation of P-wave dispersion in healthy subjects”, J Electrocardiol, 35, 307-311 (2002).
  • Kose, S., Aytemir, K., Can, I., Iyisoy, A., Kursaklioglu, H., Amasyali, B., Kilic, A., Isik, E., Oto, A., Demirtas, E., “Seasonal variability of QT dispersion in healthy young males”, Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol, 8, 8-13 (2003).
  • Kose, S., Aytemir, K., Sade, E., Can, I., Ozer, N., Amasyali, B., Aksoyek, S., Ovunc, K., Ozmen, F., Atalar, E., Isik, E., Kes, S., Demirtas, E., Oto, A., “Detection of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at risk for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation during sinus rhythm by P-wave dispersion”, Clin Cardiol, 26, 431-434 (2003).
  • Tezcan, UK., Amasyali, B., Can, I., Aytemir, K., Kose, S., Yavuz, I., Kursaklioglu, H., Isik, E., Demirtas, E., Oto, A., “Increased P wave dispersion and maximum P wave duration after hemodialysis”, Ann Noninvasive Electrocardiol, 9, 34-38 (2004).
  • Ozer, N., Can, I., Atalar, E., Sade, E., Aksoyek, S., Ovunc, K., Aytemir, K., Tokgozoglu, L., Ozmen, F., Kes, S., “Left ventricular long-axis function is reduced in patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis”, Echocardiography, 21, 107-112 (2004).
  • Kose, S., Amasyali, B., Aytemir, K., Kilic, A., Can, I., Kursaklioglu, H., Celik, T., Isik, E., “Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia with multiple discontinuities in the atrioventricular node conduction curve: immediate success rates of radiofrequency ablation and long-term clinical follow-up results as compared to patients with single or no AH-jumps”, J Interv Card Electrophysiol, 10, 249-254 (2004).
  • Ozer, N., Yavuz, B., Can, I., Atalar, E., Aksoyek, S., Ovunc, K., Ozmen, F., Kes, S., “Doppler tissue evalauation of intraatrial and interatrial electromechanical delay and comparison with P-wave dispersion in patients with mitral stenosis”, J Am Soc Echocardiogr, 18, 945-948 (2005).
  • Kose, S., Amasyali, B., Aytemir, K., Can, I., Kilic, A., Kursaklioglu H, Iyisoy, A., Isik, E., “Radiofrequency catheter ablation of accessory pathways during pre-excited atrialfibrillation: acute success rate and long-term clinical follow-up results compared to those patients undergoing successful catheter ablation during sinus rhythm”, Heart Vessels, 20, 142-146 (2005).
  • Tokgozoglu, L., Can, I., Korkusuz, P., Asan, A., Ozer, N., Demircin, M., “Correlation of tissue selectin expression and hemodynamic parameters in rheumatic mitral valve disease”, J Heart Valve Dis, 15, 671-678 (2006).
  • Ozdemir, K., Balci, S., Duzenli, MA., Can, I., Yazici, M., Aygul, N., Altunkeser, BB., Altintepe, L., Turk, S., “Effect of preload and heart rate on the doppler and tissue doppler-derived myocardial performance index”, Clin Cardiol, 30, 342-348 (2007).
  • Aytemir, K., Deniz, A., Yavuz, B., Ugur, DA., Sahiner, L., Ciftci, O., Tokgozoglu, L., Can, I., Sahin, A., Oto, A., “Increased myocardial vulnerability and autonomic nervous system imbalance in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome”, Respir Med, 101, 1277-1282 (2007).
  • Can, I., Onat, AM., Aytemir, K., Akdogan, A., Ureten, K., Kiraz S., Ertenli, I., Ozer, N., Tokgozoglu, L., Oto, A., “Assessment of atrial conduction in patients with scleroderma by tissue Doppler echocardiography and P wave dispersion”, Cardiology, 108, 317-321 (2007).
  • Can, I., Aytemir, K., Demir, AU., Ciftci, O., Tokgozoglu, L., Oto, A., Sahin, A., “P-wave duration and dispersion in patients with obstructive sleep apnea”, Int J Cardiol, 133, e85-89 (2009).
  • Al Aloul B, Adabag S, Can I, Roukoz H, McClintock S, Benditt DG, Tholakanahalli V. Electrocardiographic markers of cardioversion success in patients with atrial fibrillation. South Med J, 102, 885-9 (2009).
  • Can, I., Onat, AM., Aytemir, K., Akdogan, A., Ureten, K., Kiraz S, Ertenli, I., Tokgozoglu, L., Oto, A., “Detecting Subclinical Biventricular Impairment in Scleroderma Patients by Use of Pulsed-Wave Tissue Doppler Imaging”, Tex Heart Inst J, 36, 31-37 (2009).
  • Al Aloul B, Sigurdsson G, Can I, Li JM, Dykoski R, Tholakanahalli VN. Proximity of right coronary artery to cavotricuspid isthmus as determined by computed tomography. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, 33, 1319-23 (2010).
  • Demir K, Can I, Koc F, Vatankulu MA, Ayhan S, Akilli H, Aribas A, Alihanoglu Y, Altunkeser BB. Atorvastatin given prior to electrical cardioversion does not affect the recurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation who are on antiarrhythmic therapy. Med Princ Pract, 20, 464-9 (2011).
  • Gul EE, Can I, Guler I, Yesildag A, Abdulhalikov T, Kayrak M, Ozdemir K, Gok H.Association of pulmonary artery obstruction index with elevated heart-type fatty acid binding protein and short-term mortality in patients with pulmonary embolism at intermediate risk. Diagn Interv Radiol, 18, 531-6 (2012).
  • Gul EE, Can I, Kayrak M, Abdulhalikov T, Erdogan HI, Altunbas G, Ozdemir K, Gok H. Thrombolysis in patients with pulmonary embolism and elevated heart-type fatty acid-binding protein levels. J Thromb Thrombolysis, 37, 483-9 (2014).
  • Can I, Benditt DG. ‘Syncope’, Contemporary Cardiology: Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias, ed: Yan GX, Kowey PR, Springer (2011).
  • Tholakanahalli V, Can I, Asirvatham S., ‘Review of the His-Purkinje System Abnormality with Case Studies’, Pathophysiology of the Human His-Purkinje System, Card Electrophysiol Clin, ed Masood Akhtar, Elsevier, 747-752, (2016)


Academic Interests and Focus

Teaching cardiac arrhythmias



University of Minnesota Medical Center

Clinical Interests

Cardiac Arrhythmia