Carlo E Marcucci

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BACKGROUND Rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) is a whole blood point-of-test used to assess the patient's coagulation status. Three of the available ROTEM tests are EXTEM, INTEM and HEPTEM. In the latter, heparinase added to the INTEM reagent inactivates heparin to reveal residual heparin effect. Performing ROTEM analysis during cardiopulmonary bypass(More)
Ultrasound imaging of the heart continues to play an important role in diagnosis and management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Recent advances in ultrasound technology and introduction of newer imaging modalities have enabled improved assessment of left ventricular myocardial function. Tissue Doppler imaging and 2-dimensional speckle tracking(More)
Quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is a rare congenital anomaly associated with aortic valve insufficiency and significant morbidity, and requires the replacement or, rarely, the repair of the malfunctioning heart valve. A QAV associated with an ascending aorta aneurysm is an extremely rare anatomic combination with a hypothetical, but not clear, shared(More)
Aspirin is recommended as a lifelong therapy that should never be interrupted for patients with cardiovascular dis- ease. Clopidogrel therapy is mandatory for six weeks after placement of bare-metal stents, three to six months after myocardial infarction, and at least 12 months after placement of drug-eluting stents. Because of the hypercoagulable state(More)
In some high-risk patients, standard mitral valve replacement can represent a challenging procedure, requiring a risky extensive decalcification of the annulus. In particular, high-risk redo patients and patients with a previously implanted transcatheter aortic valve, who develop calcific mitral disease, would benefit from the development of new, minimally(More)
Transcatheter valve procedures have been developed to perform aortic valve replacements in selected high-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. This beating-heart, minimally invasive technique is primarily based on highquality preoperative and intraoperative cardiac imaging to position and implant the stent valve in the ideal landing zone.(More)
Urgent reoperative transapical aortic valve-in-valve has never been proposed as a treatment option in case of a failed transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) or in case of worsening of an existing paravalvular leak, if this complication occurs right after, or a few days after, the primary transapical aortic valve implantation. Experienced surgeons(More)
Transapical aortic valve implantation is indicated in high-risk patients with aortic stenosis and peripheral vascular disease requiring aortic valve replacement. Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting is also a valid, minimally invasive option for myocardial revascularization in patients with critical stenosis on the anterior descending(More)