Daniel Unić

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OBJECTIVES This study retrospectively reviews an aggressive multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of massive pulmonary embolism, centering on rapid diagnosis with contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the chest to define the location and degree of clot burden and transthoracic echocardiography to document right ventricular strain followed by(More)
BACKGROUND The edge-to-edge technique (E2E) has been advocated for the complex repair of myxomatous mitral valves. We compared outcomes of E2E performed in patients at risk for systolic anterior motion (SAM) versus outcomes in patients with residual mitral regurgitation (MR) after repair completion. METHODS A total of 1,612 patients had repair of(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the potential benefits of minimally invasive approaches for treatment of isolated aortic and mitral valve disease. METHODS From 7/96 to 04/03, we performed 1000 minimally invasive valve operations: 526 aortic (AV) procedures (64 years; mean, 25-95) and 474 mitral (MV) procedures (58 years; mean, 17-90). RESULTS In the AV(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this study was to determine if a "hybrid" approach to the treatment of complex combined coronary and valve disease is superior to the results predicted by a Society of Thoracic Surgeons' (STS) algorithm with conventional coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)/valve surgery in high-risk patients. BACKGROUND With advancements in(More)
OBJECTIVE Reoperative cardiac surgery after previous coronary artery bypass grafting represents a surgical challenge due to the potential for injury to patent coronary grafts, aorta or right ventricle. Standard preoperative imaging using a coronary angiogram and chest radiograph (CXR) often results in inaccurate assessment of mediastinal anatomy. We aimed(More)
OBJECTIVES Cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury (AKI) is a well-known factor influencing patients' long-term morbidity and mortality. Several prediction models of AKI requiring dialysis (AKI-D) have been developed. Only a few direct comparisons of these models have been done. Recently, a new, more uniform and objective definition of AKI has been(More)
Cardiac surgery (CS) with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) induces systemic inflammatory response by activating plasma proteins and blood cells. Activated monocytes/macrophages produce inflammatory marker neopterin (NP). The aim was to explore the NP kinetics in first 24 hours after CS according to the CPB use. Significant difference between groups was found(More)
Coronary artery aneurysms are a rare condition with left-main trunk aneurysms occurring in only about 0.1 % of the population. We report on a giant left-main coronary artery aneurysm in a young male status post two previous open-heart operations. The aneurysm was successfully treated by patch occlusion of the ostial orifice and coronary revascularization of(More)
Calcifying fibrous pseudotumor is a rare benign lesion composed mostly of dense hyalinized colagen with multiple dystrophic or psammomatous calcifications and variable lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate. Children and young adults are most commonly affected by this tumor of uncertain pathogenesis. This is a case of an asymptomatic young woman with calcifying(More)
Endocarditis represents a rare but life-threatening condition after heart transplantation. Recent American Heart Association guidelines recognize cardiac transplant patients with valvulopathy as high risk for endocarditis, but acknowledge that there were not sufficient data to make a recommendation for prophylaxis. Also, genitourinary procedures were no(More)