Antonis A. Pitsis

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Acute cardiovascular dysfunction occurs perioperatively in more than 20% of cardiosurgical patients, yet current acute heart failure (HF) classification is not applicable to this period. Indicators of major perioperative risk include unstable coronary syndromes, decompensated HF, significant arrhythmias and valvular disease. Clinical risk factors include(More)
Echocardiography represents an invaluable diagnostic tool for the detection of intracardiac masses while simultaneously provides information about their size, location, mobility and attachment site as well as the presence and extent of any consequent hemodynamic derangement. A 29-year-old asymptomatic young woman with incidental transthoracic(More)
Aim. To comparably assess the perioperative risk factors that differentiate off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) grafting cases from those sustaining unplanned conversion to on-pump beating heart (ONCAB/BH) approach, in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 40%. Methods. Perioperative variables were retrospectively assessed in 216(More)
Dilatation of the pulmonary autograft after the Ross procedure is a possible complication, necessitating aortic valve replacement. We present a case of a patient who developed pulmonary autograft dilatation and was treated successfully with valve-sparing aortic root reimplantation with a Valsalva graft.
BACKGROUND Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension most often results from obstruction of the pulmonary vascular bed by nonresolving thromboemboli. Misdiagnosis of the disease is common because patients often present with subtle or nonspecific symptoms. Furthermore, some features in chest imaging may mimic parenchymal lung disease. The most clinically(More)
T he US Food and Drug Administration has alerted providers and patients that the catheter-delivered Amplatzer atrial septal occluder (AGA Medical, Golden Valley, MN) from St. Jude Medical poses a small risk of potentially life-threatening complications. 1 According to the agency, the device can erode the surrounding tissue over time and may cause cardiac(More)
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