Apostolos Deliopoulos

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BACKGROUND The question whether use of minimal extracorporeal circulation (MECC) influences patients' outcome remains unanswered. We performed a systemic review of the literature and a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials to evaluate the impact of MECC compared to conventional extracorporeal circulation (CECC) on mortality and major adverse(More)
During the last decade, minimized extracorporeal circulation (MECC) systems have shown beneficial effects to the patients over the conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (CECC) circuits. This is a prospective randomized study of 99 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, evaluating the postoperative haematological effects of(More)
Minimal invasive extracorporeal circulation (MiECC) systems have initiated important efforts within science and technology to further improve the biocompatibility of cardiopulmonary bypass components to minimize the adverse effects and improve end-organ protection. The Minimal invasive Extra-Corporeal Technologies international Society was founded to create(More)
OBJECTIVE A minimal extracorporeal circulation (MECC) circuit integrates the advances in cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) technology into a single circuit and is associated with improved short-term outcome. The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate MECC compared with conventional CPB in facilitating fast-track recovery after elective coronary(More)
The aim of this report is to explore application of minimized cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuits in areas of cardiac surgery other than coronary bypass grafting and aortic valve surgery. We report three cases operated under minimal extracorporeal circulation support. Replacement of the descending thoracic aorta was performed in two patients; one with a(More)
Minimally invasive extracorporeal circulation (MiECC) has been developed in an attempt to integrate all advances in cardiopulmonary bypass technology in one closed circuit that shows improved biocompatibility and minimizes the systemic detrimental effects of CPB. Despite well-evidenced clinical advantages, penetration of MiECC technology into clinical(More)
Minimal invasive extracorporeal circulation (MiECC) has initiated important new efforts within science and technology towards a more physiologic perfusion. In this study, we aim to investigate the learning curve of our center regarding MiECC. We studied a series of 150 consecutive patients who underwent elective coronary artery bypass grafting by the same(More)
Methods Four patients with end-stage ischemic heart failure were included in this study. All patients were inotrope dependent (INTERMACS class 2) and their preoperative evaluation considered them to be high-risk for developing postoperative right ventricular failure. Hence, optimization of right ventricular function was performed preoperatively following a(More)
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using minimal extracorporeal circulation (MECC) has been associated with an improved short-term clinical outcome compared to conventional extracorporeal circulation (CECC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of MECC compared to CECC on postoperative major adverse events in high-risk patients undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVES The effect on postoperative health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery with conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (cCPB) and off-pump surgery has been investigated extensively; however, there are no studies focusing on HRQoL after surgery with minimally invasive extracorporeal circulation (MiECC).(More)