Christian Caldeira

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BACKGROUND During left ventricular assist device implantation, a surgical tunneling technique to keep the entire driveline (DL) velour portion in the subcutaneous tunnel, resulting in a silicone-skin interface (SSI) at the exit site, has been adopted by many centers. To assess long-term freedom from DL infection associated with this technique, a multicenter(More)
INTRODUCTION Little is known about the optimal management of large, mobile, pedunculated left ventricular clots. The management is particularly challenging in patients with advanced heart failure considered for left ventricular assist device implantation, because the clot may cause pump thrombosis. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the records of(More)
BACKGROUND Heart procurement for orthotopic heart transplant (OHT) is limited by the conventional 4 hours of ischemic time (IT). Based on a recent report from our center showing that extended IT from a young donor group is safe, we widened our geographical reach, resulting in almost 40% of our transplants having an IT > 4 hours. METHODS We retrospectively(More)
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