Catherine L Vacha

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OBJECTIVE To compare hospital outcomes of on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. METHODS From 1997 to 2000, primary coronary artery bypass grafting was performed in 481 patients off pump and in 3231 patients on pump. Hospital outcomes were compared between propensity-matched pairs of 406 on-pump and 406 off-pump patients. The 2 groups were(More)
The epidemic of heart failure and its subsequent effect on public health policy is escalating. Cardiac transplantation continues to be limited by the shortage of donor organs, and the current generation of mechanical circulatory support devices has not yet approached the goal of destination therapy. A better understanding of the role of left ventricular(More)
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