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BACKGROUND We sought to assess the utility of serial BNP measurements in patients with severe heart failure and attempted to correlate values with invasively derived data. METHODS In a retrospective study, we analyzed serial BNP levels in patients receiving hemodynamically guided therapy for severe heart failure and sought correlation with invasively… (More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Mitral repair has evolved to a point where three methods can be used to address most pathologies: full ring annuloplasty (RA) for annular disease; Gore-Tex artificial chordal replacement (ACR) for chordal disease; and autologous pericardial augmentation (PA) for leaflet disease. The study aim was to assess the impact of the… (More)
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an increasingly recognized cause of ventricular tachycardia and sudden cardiac death in young people, notably young athletes. The best treatment is not clear, although options include antiarrhythmic drugs, radiofrequency ablation, and implantable defibrillators.
Firedrake is a new tool for automating the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Firedrake adopts the domain-specific language for the finite element method of the FEniCS project, but with a pure Python runtime-only implementation centered on the composition of several existing and new abstractions for particular aspects of scientific… (More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The initial application of repair to rheumatic mitral disease was fraught with unacceptable recurrence rates. For this reason, rheumatic valves primarily have been replaced in recent years. Early and late outcomes with replacement, however, have continued to be suboptimal, prompting a re-examination of repair. METHODS All… (More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Previously, surgery hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) has consisted primarily of septal myectomy and/or resection of the anterior mitral leaflet with low-profile valve replacement. However, recent studies have shown that the anterior papillary muscle and chordal fan can contribute to obstruction, and also that… (More)
We describe and implement a symbolic algebra for scalar and vector-valued finite elements, enabling the computer generation of elements with tensor product structure on quadrilateral, hexahedral and triangular prismatic cells. The algebra is implemented as an extension to the domain-specific language UFL, the Unified Form Language. This allows users to… (More)