Željko Baričević

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Development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy represents the major determinant of long-term survival in patients after heart transplantation. Due to graft denervation, these patients seldom present with classic symptoms of angina pectoris, and the first clinical presentations are progressive heart failure or sudden cardiac death. Although coronary(More)
Aim. To identify predictors of 3-month mortality after heart transplantation in a Croatian academic center. Methods. A retrospective review of institutional database identified 117 heart transplantations from January 2008 to July 2014. Two children <14 years were excluded from the study. The remaining 115 patients were dichotomized into survivors and(More)
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is an immune-mediated serious adverse effect of heparin therapy. It is a relatively frequent complication among patients with mechanical circulatory support. Herein, we present a patient with severe heart failure and sepsis who developed heparin-induced thrombocytopenia shortly after implantation of left ventricular assist(More)
Bleeding and thrombotic events are among the most common complications detected in patients with mechanical circulatory support (MCS). Herein, we reviewed the available evidence on the prevalence, etiology, and management of bleeding and thrombotic events in patients following MCS procedures, such as implantation of both intra- and paracorporeal devices(More)
SUMMARY: Cardiovascular diseases are, despite positive trends and recent treatment advances, still the most common cause of death in the Republic of Croatia, mostly due to coronary artery disease. Croatia has every right to pride itself on the fact that patients with coronary disease are provided with modern, up to date and high-quality care comparable to(More)
INTRODUCTION Right ventricular perforation during endomyocardial biopsy is an unusual, although potentially life-threatening, complication caused with the tip of the bioptome. The majority of perforations in heart transplant patients can be managed without surgery owing to adhesions nearly obliterating pericardial space. CASE REPORT We report a case of(More)
Isolated severe tricuspid valve stenosis due to an endocardial pacemaker lead is extremely rare, and is usually caused by either fibrosis of a perforated or lacerated leaflet, or fibrotic adherence between the lead and the valvular apparatus. Reported cases typically include clinical manifestations of both systemic venous stasis and low cardiac output. The(More)
Heart retransplant is a treatment option for some patients with graft failure. With heart donor short-age, it is important to assess candidates carefully for cardiac retransplant. An adult patient had a successful urgent heart retransplant due to severe toxic cardiomyopathy (anthracycline-induced) after posttransplant lymphoproliferative disease that was a(More)
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