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A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was 'Can intracoronary stem cell injection permanently improve cardiac function after myocardial infarction?'. Altogether 314 papers were found using the reported search, of which five represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question.(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary arteriovenous fistulas (CAVFs) are direct connections from one or more coronary arteries to cardiac chambers or a large vessel. They are mostly of congenital origin. The aim of this study was to describe clinical presentation and also delineate the course and management of CAVF. METHODS Clinical data, chest x-rays, echocardiographic(More)
Background: N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a sensitive biomarker for the detection of asymptomatic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Since β-thalassemia major patients suffer from early diastolic dysfunction due to iron deposition of chronic blood transfusion, we tried to evaluate the correlation between the serum NT-proBNP level(More)
INTRODUCTION Harvesting of the greater saphenous vein is almost an inevitable part of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) operations, and it is done by two main techniques, i.e., conventional or open vein harvesting (OVH) and the minimally-invasive endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH). This study aimed to compare these two techniques in off-pump CABG(More)
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