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We sought to describe early and late outcomes in a large surgical series of patients with anomalous aortic origin of coronary arteries.
A double orifice of the left atrioventricular valve (LAVV) associated with atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD) can significantly complicate surgical repair. This study reports our experience of AVSD repair over 3 decades, with special attention to the zone of apposition (ZoA) of the main orifice, and presents a technique of hemivalve pericardial extension in specific situations.
The presence of collateral network circulation to the spinal cord, which is reflected in the repair of a descending thoracic aortic aneurysm (dAo) and a thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAo), has been demonstrated in clinical and animal experimental data. The latissimus dorsi muscle (LDM) including the thoracodorsal artery might be one of the major sources of this collateral network. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact on spinal cord safety of a left anteroaxillary thoracotomy with min...
We sought to analyse perioperative outcome, long-term mortality, frequency and causes of reintervention, and survival benefit in a contemporary cohort of patients undergoing proximal thoracic aortic surgery.
Decellularized pulmonary homografts (DPH) have shown excellent results for pulmonary valve replacement. However, controlled multicentre studies are lacking to date.
In this study, our aim was to explore how coronary artery bypass grafting affects quality of life, and how this varies with age, particularly with patients at risk of deterioration.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing robotic beating-heart quadruple all-arterial totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass combined with percutaneous coronary intervention attempting complete revascularization (residual SYNTAX score 0). A 66-year-old male with severe triple-vessel coronary artery disease underwent percutaneous coronary intervention for a sub-total occlusion of the right coronary artery as the initial component of a hybrid revascularization strategy. Subsequentl...
We present a case to demonstrate the feasibility of pulmonary artery monitoring with the CardioMEMS sensor for the preoperative optimization of patients with end-stage heart failure undergoing LVAD surgery. Additionally, we demonstrate the feasibility of combining two state-of-the-art techniques by integrating haemodynamic feedback from CardioMEMS and static pump settings of an LVAD. CardioMEMS aids in the remote monitoring of LVAD patients with the potential of identifying complications, pump dysfunction o...
Surgical repair of pectus excavatum is typically carried out immediately prior to puberty. However, at the time of surgery, some psychosocial issues, such as behavioural disorders may already have developed and the likelihood of these psychosocial disorders resolving after surgery is unclear. For this reason, some surgeons choose to perform surgical repair at an earlier age in some children. The study retrospectively compares the rate of behavioural disorders in children undergoing the Nuss procedure at 4 v...
We sought to investigate cusp size limitations for valve repair in patients with aortic regurgitation (AR).
The aim of this study was to describe possible mechanisms of recurrent mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients who have been treated with the NeoChord procedure.
Subaortic stenosis (SAS) can present as various types of obstruction of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) below the level of the aortic valve. Even though corrective surgery has been identified as the most effective treatment, SAS more frequently reoccurs requiring reoperation in a significant proportion of the patients. Previous studies have focused on predictors of recurrence in various subgroups of patients with SAS, but rarely in the overall population of patients with SAS. The aim of this study...
Diabetes mellitus patients with multivessel coronary artery disease present with a poor prognosis. We aimed to explore real-life clinical outcomes of diabetic patients who were referred for coronary revascularization.
We aimed to compare the intracellular proteome of ascending aortas from patients with stenotic bicuspid (BAV) and tricuspid aortic valves (TAV) to identify BAV-specific pathogenetic mechanisms of aortopathy and to verify the previously reported asymmetric expression of BAV aortopathy [concentrated at the convexity (CVX)] in its 'ascending phenotype' form.
Patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome are at high risk of late adverse events after Fontan completion, but it is unclear whether their morphological characteristics influence these outcomes.
This case demonstrates the benefits of our early, intensive physical rehabilitation intervention to prevent the natural sequelae occurring from prolonged bed rest. This minimizes neuromuscular weakness and optimizes strength, endurance and cardiorespiratory function, thus accelerating recovery from a long duration of femorally cannulated veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
Our goal was to determine the optimal timing and choice of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis (SAP) in patients having cardiac surgery.
The choice of annuloplasty device is fundamental at the time of mitral valve repair, the goal being to optimally restore the physiological 3-dimensional (3D) structure and dynamics of the mitral annulus (MA). This study evaluated MA dynamics after annuloplasty with 2 different semi-rigid devices.
This study aimed to analyse the early patency rate and long-term outcomes of reattached segmental intercostal arteries using graft interposition, single-cuff anastomosis or island reconstruction.
The aim of this study was to compare the performance of pulmonary homografts with stentless bioprosthetic valves [Medtronic Freestyle™ (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA)] in the pulmonary position in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) younger than 20 years.
The full potential of robotics has not been achieved in terms of addressing the most challenging mitral valve (MV) cases. We outline our technique and report our early results with totally endoscopic robotic MV repair in a wide range of pathologies.
Despite the positive effects of a thoracoscopic approach on improving postoperative outcomes, the risk of major complications following thoracoscopic lobectomy is not negligible. We sought to assess the usefulness of the preoperative determination of serum biomarkers to refine risk stratification in this patient population.