Diana García Sáez

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Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is now a routine therapy for advanced heart failure. Authors demonstrate a novel technique of LVAD implantation through a single left thoracotomy with anastomosis of outflow graft to the arch of aorta. The technique avoids sternotomy or additional right thoracotomy, keeps ascending aorta clear and puts outflow graft(More)
Lung transplantation remains the gold standard for patients with end-stage lung disease. Nevertheless, the number of suitable donor lungs for the increasing number of patients on the waiting list necessitates alternative tools to expand the lung donor pool. Modern preservation and lung assessment techniques could contribute to improved function in(More)
A two-stage explantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was performed on 47 year old afro-american gentlemen with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) who was successfully bridged to recovery. After he suffered a stroke caused by a VAD thrombosis with embolisation, the VAD outflow graft was first ligated using minimally-invasive approach.(More)
In this case report, we describe a 66-year-old patient with a massive LV aneurism which resulted after myocardial infarction. Due to severe LV function impairment, it was decided to perform left ventricular reconstruction surgery and, at the same time, left ventricular assist device implantation as a bridge to transplantation. The entire procedure was(More)
OBJECTIVES Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) offer very valuable therapeutic options for patients with advanced heart failure. CentriMag (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA, USA) is an extracorporeal short-term circulatory assist device Conformité Européenne-marked in Europe for use up to 30 days. METHODS Retrospective analysis of 41 patients with advanced(More)
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is characterized by contractions of multiple joints present at birth. AMC is rarely associated with cardiomyopathy. We present a case of a young man with dilated cardiomyopathy associated with AMC admitted with rapidly deteriorating severe heart failure who was offered left ventricular assist device as a bridge to(More)
OBJECTIVES Cannabis is the most commonly abused illicit drug and the smokers are at the risk of lung infections, bullous emphysema and lung cancer. However, no evidence about the outcomes of lung transplantation (LTx) utilizing the lungs from such donors is available in the literature. METHODS We retrospectively analysed lung 'organ offers' and LTx at our(More)
OBJECTIVES Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are a routine treatment for patients with advanced heart failure as a bridge to transplantation. The aim of this study was to present our institutional experience and mid-term outcomes after implantation of 139 continuous-flow (cf) LVADs as a bridge to transplantation. METHODS One hundred and thirty-nine(More)
For patients with end-stage heart failure, cardiac transplantation persists to be the gold standard. Nevertheless, the availability of organs remains a main constraint to the treatment. Through mounting usage of ex vivo heart perfusion an increase in organ availability was achieved by reconditioning of organs formerly not regarded as appropriate for(More)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a temporary mechanical circulatory assist method that offers circulatory as well as respiratory support efficiently via peripheral access; however, it is liable to complications. Limb ischemia is one of the notorious complications of ECMO but can be avoided utilizing a proper distal limb perfusion method. A(More)