BACKGROUND Patients with severe atheromatous aortic disease (AAD) who undergo coronary artery bypass (CABG) have an increased risk of death and stroke. We hypothesized that in these high risk patients, off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) technique is associated with lower morbidity and mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS Between June 1993 and January 2002,… (More)
8 The information contained in this booklet is intended for health care providers, patients and families of patients who are considering cardiac surgery. It provides data on risk factors associated with in-hospital deaths following coronary artery bypass and/or heart valve surgery and lists hospital and physician-specific mortality rates which have been… (More)
1 We are very pleased to provide the information in this booklet for health care providers and for the families of children who need heart surgery. This report summarizes outcomes for pediatric patients undergoing surgery to correct congenital heart defects. Hospital-specific mortality rates that have been adjusted to account for differences in patient… (More)
Isolated noncompaction of the left ventricle is a congenital cardiomyopathy, which has been described recently, with literature limited to case reports and case series. Even though various complications have been reported with noncompaction cardiomyopathy, among them severe mitral regurgitation has been reported recently in a few cases. There is no great… (More)
Background. Numerous studies have developed a " severity score " or " risk index " for short-term mortality associated with coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, but very few studies have developed risk indices derived from statistical models to predict outcomes for cardiac valve replacement patients.