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BACKGROUND The Sorin Memo 3D (Sorin Biomedica Cardio S.r.L., Saluggia, Italy) is a new, complete semirigid annuloplasty ring. Clinical use, outcomes, and echocardiographic results are reported as an evaluation of its safety and efficacy in the treatment of mitral valve regurgitation (MVR). METHODS This device was assessed in 63 patients (63.5% men; mean(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The optimal management of chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation (CIMR) remains controversial. Herein, the authors reviewed the past 10 years of their experience to compare the long-term results of mitral valve repair with prosthetic replacement. METHODS Between January 1993 and January 2003, 102 patients (mean age 67.8(More)
BACKGROUND Zofenopril has beneficial effects in acute myocardial infarction, and improves the functional recovery after ischemia and reperfusion. AIM OF THE STUDY The aim of this study was to investigate the cardioprotective effects of zofenopril, when added to a standard cardioplegic solution or when orally administered as pretreatment. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND The present study was aimed at determining the impact of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) on postoperative bioprosthetic structural valve degeneration. METHODS AND RESULTS Twelve Italian centers participated in the study. Patient data refer to bioprosthetic implantations performed from November 1988 to December 2009, which resulted in 6184(More)
OBJECTIVES To review our experience of surgical repair of post-infarction ventricular septal defect (VSD). METHODS In the period 1983-2002, 50 patients underwent repair of VSD. Mean age was 66 years, male sex 52%. Infarct location was anterior in 60% and posterior in 40% of cases. Median interval between rupture and surgery was 2 days. Preoperative(More)
Dissection of the interventricular septum (IVS) is a rare condition, which can uncommonly complicate an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We describe a case of unruptured IVS dissection observed 16 days after 2 close episodes of AMI. The diagnosis was made by transthoracic echocardiography. An echo-free space within the thickness of IVS, extended from the(More)
Left ventricular free wall rupture (LVFWR) is one of the most dramatic complications of myocardial infarction. We present our mid-term clinical and echocardiographic results of LVFWR with patch and complete myocardial revascularization on viable tissue. From August 2000 to July 2005, 9 patients underwent surgery for LVFWR. Mean age was 68+/-S.D. 9.3 years.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM During cardiopulmonary bypass the pump flow is usually set on 2.4 L/min/m(2) of body surface area (BSA) to guarantee adequate tissue perfusion without differences for patient constitutional type. The present study attempts to evaluate the adequacy of pump flow rate in obese patients, considering the ideal weight instead of the real one,(More)
The aneurysm of an aortocoronary saphenous vein graft is a rare but potentially fatal complication of coronary artery bypass grafting. This case came to our observation after a single episode of hypotension, followed by dyspnea in a man previously operated on for coronary artery bypass grafting. A para-hilar mass was found on routine roentgenogram. The(More)
BACKGROUND The Trifecta aortic bioprosthesis (St. Jude Medical, Inc., St. Paul, MN, USA) is a stented pericardial heart valve with excellent preliminary results. Aim of the study was to evaluate its early clinical and hemodynamic performances in a multicenter regional registry. METHODS Between January 2011 and June 2012, 178 consecutive patients(More)