Armin Alex Klesius

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OBJECTIVE Orientation for optimal systolic performance of tilting disc and bileaflet aortic valves was defined in previous studies. The present study investigates the influence of valve orientation on coronary artery flow in an animal model. METHODS A rotation device holding either a Medtronic Hall tilting disc (n = 4; Medtronic, Inc, Minneapolis, Minn),(More)
OBJECTIVES This study prospectively analyzed atrial tachyarrhythmia (AT) organization and antitachycardia pacing (ATP) success in patients with an implanted device for AT therapy. BACKGROUND In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), the incidence of regular, slow ATs amendable by ATP is unknown. METHODS Forty patients with previously documented AT (70%(More)
OBJECTIVES Severe sternum necrosis requiring extended resection necessitates plastic reconstruction of the resulting defect and stabilization of the chest. We analyzed the outcome of patients undergoing bilateral pectoralis major flap repair on functional and cosmetic results, chest stabilization and pulmonary function. METHODS Twelve patients undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The ideal prosthesis for aortic valve replacement in the small annulus remains controversial, and has yet to be defined. In previous studies, the Medtronic Hall (MH) tilting disc valve showed superior hemodynamic performance in the hemodynamically optimum orientation compared to the St. Jude Medical (SJM) bileaflet valve,(More)
The present study investigated the Medtronic Advantage (MA) bileaflet valve in an animal model and compared the results to the St. Jude Medical (SJM) valve. Systolic performance and coronary artery flow in different orientations were studied.A rotation device holding either a MA or SJM aortic valve size 23 mm was implanted into eight pigs. Transvalvular(More)
OBJECTIVE External stents placed around vein grafts have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing neointimal hyperplasia by preventing distension of the thin-walled vein grafts when exposed to arterial pressure. However, the ideal stent material has yet to be defined. The following study investigates the short- and long-term effects of an innovative polyester(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive surgical techniques in pediatric cardiac surgery have evolved throughout the last 10 years. Advantages of minimally invasive procedures include excellent cosmetic results and superior postoperative outcome. However, safety of minimally invasive techniques has to be proven. METHODS In 21 female infants and children, a right(More)
The resistance of a pacing lead negatively correlates to current consumption. A prospective, randomized trial was conducted to evaluate the effect of a high impedance ventricular lead (CapSure Z) on generator longevity compared to a conventional lead (CapSure SP) eighty-nine patients were included in the study (51 male, 37 female, age 70.0+/-10.3 years).(More)
OBJECTIVES Heart failure is an increasing burden for all healthcare systems with prevalence reaching over 20 million patients worldwide and direct costs of disease requiring ∼1% of healthcare budget expenditures. Beyond traditional pharmaceutical treatment, medical devices and remote monitoring tools were introduced to ensure a closely managed control of(More)