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The rising costs of health care have forced policy makers to make choices, and new treatments are increasingly assessed in terms of the balance between additional costs and additional effects. The recent recognition that stenting has a major and long-lasting effect enhancing balloon PTCA procedure has made it imperative to compare in patients with(More)
In the last years the number of HIV-positive patients needing cardiac surgery has greatly increased. Cardiopulmonary bypass is suspected to have a role in the progression of HIV-infection to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). From October 1988 to December 1990, 6 intravenous drug addicts underwent cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis at our(More)
A 49-year-old woman with isolated atresia of the left main coronary artery is presented. The patient who suffered from angina underwent myocardial revascularization 14 years after the onset of symptoms. A left internal mammary artery to left anterior descending coronary artery bypass was performed. Twenty months after the operation, the patient is free from(More)
Allopurinol reduces formation of cytotoxic free radicals during myocardial ischemia/reperfusion in animals. To evaluate the effect of allopurinol on cardiac performance and metabolism after coronary bypass in humans, we divided 33 patients into two groups: 15 patients (controls) received no allopurinol and 18 patients received 200 mg allopurinol(More)
Coronary endarterectomy (EA) allows to recanalize and bypass what appear to be an otherwise inoperable vessel. Although the application of this procedure is still controversial, there is now an increasing tendency to use the EA more frequently and recent studies confirm this trend. A variety of individualized techniques of performing coronary EA (local EA,(More)
The safety and efficacy of amiodarone and propafenone in converting atrial fibrillation or flutter after cardiac surgery were compared in a randomized double-blind trial. Eighty-four patients with sustained atrial tachyarrhythmias of more than 30 min' duration, stable hemodynamic status and neither preoperative atrial arrhythmias nor treatment with other(More)
From June 1984 to December 1990, 96 patients underwent "open" coronary endarterectomy and reconstruction. In 50 patients (group 1), a saphenous vein (SV) graft was used to reconstruct and bypass 54 coronary vessels. In 46 patients (group 2), 46 coronary vessels were reconstructed with an SV patch and then bypassed with the internal mammary artery (IMA):(More)