Andreas Zuckermann

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Introduction This section deals with surgical issues that may potentially complicate the immediate post-transplant period. Many of these issues, particularly ones that arise in patient selection can have a very important impact on the immediate post-operative course of the patient and some can have far reaching consequences for long-term graft and patient(More)
BACKGROUND Acute right ventricular failure after heart transplantation is a life-threatening condition, and sometimes the use of mechanical circulatory support is inevitable. The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the effectiveness of two different mechanical circulatory support systems for this indication. METHODS From 1984 to 2003, 28(More)
BACKGROUND The feasibility of complete revascularization on the beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) as compared with the standard operation with CPB in elective low-risk patients with multivessel disease has not been clearly demonstrated in a prospective trial. METHODS Eighty selected low-risk patients were enrolled. In preoperative study(More)
BACKGROUND The problem of AMR remains unsolved because standardized schemes for diagnosis and treatment remains contentious. Therefore, a consensus conference was organized to discuss the current status of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in heart transplantation. METHODS The conference included 83 participants (transplant cardiologists, surgeons,(More)
In an open-label, 24-month trial, 721 de novo heart transplant recipients were randomized to everolimus 1.5 mg or 3.0 mg with reduced-dose cyclosporine, or mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) 3 g/day with standard-dose cyclosporine (plus corticosteroids ± induction). Primary efficacy endpoint was the 12-month composite incidence of biopsy-proven acute rejection,(More)
Mandeep R. Mehra, MD (Chair), Charles E. Canter, MD, Margaret M. Hannan, MD, Marc J. Semigran, MD, Patricia A. Uber, PharmD, David A. Baran, MD, Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH, James K. Kirklin, MD, Richard Kirk, MD, Sudhir S. Kushwaha, MD, Lars H. Lund, MD, PhD, Luciano Potena, MD, PhD, Heather J. Ross, MD, David O. Taylor, MD, Erik A.M. Verschuuren, MD,(More)
OBJECTIVE We have previously shown that fixed pulmonary hypertension in cardiac transplant candidates can be lowered using left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). The post-transplant survival of these patients is uncertain as pulmonary hypertension may reappear, possibly affecting post-transplant survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 01/2000 and(More)
Thus far, clock genes in the heart have been described only in rodents, and alterations of these genes have been associated with various myocardial malfunctions. In this study, we analyzed the expression of clock genes in human hearts. Left papillary muscles of 16 patients with coronary heart disease, 39 subjects with cardiomyopathy, and 9 healthy donors(More)
This randomized, comparative, multinational phase 3b/4 study of patients 1-8 years postcardiac transplantation (mean 3.9 years) evaluated the effect of conversion from a calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) to sirolimus on renal function in patients with renal insufficiency. In total, 116 patients on CNI therapy with GFR 40-90 mL/min/1.73 m(2) were randomized (1:1)(More)
BACKGROUND Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has long been recognized as the most common opportunistic pathogen in transplant recipients. The use of post-detection antiviral treatment of CMV as a strategy to prevent disease in cardiac recipients is becoming the standard policy. Valganciclovir is an oral pro-drug of ganciclovir, with a 10-fold greater bioavailability(More)