Dubravka Jonjić

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BACKGROUND Aneurysms of the left ventricle (LV) present a serious consequence of myocardial infarction, causing mechanical, thromboembolic, and arythmogenic complications. We present our experience in LV remodeling and long-term follow-up results. METHODS From May 1998 to February 2009, 85 patients with postinfarction LV aneurysm underwent reconstructive(More)
Use of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is a part of today's standard therapy in the treatment of end-stage heart failure. In this paper we describe characteristics of Thoratec pVAD device for MCS, implantation techniques, as well as the most important advantages and complications of application of the device. We present a 41-year-old patient with(More)
Left ventricular assist systems (LVAS) are widely accepted nowadays as a successful tool for bridging the patients with end-stage heart failure to heart transplantation (BTT). The second generations of axial-flow devices, such as the HeartMate II, provide a safe and reliable, as well as an effective hemodynamic support in such patients, offering them an(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) on endothelin-1 (ET-1) expression in various circulation compartments in patients undergoing myocardial revascularization. A total of 30 patients were randomized to undergo myocardial revascularization with (CABG, n = 15) or without (OPCAB, n = 15) CPB. Samples were(More)
Despite recent advances in treatment, the number of people with heart failure continues to grow; this is associated with high mortality and morbidity rates. Heart transplantation is very limited due to the lack of the adequate number of heart donors, and medical therapy remains palliative. He use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) has led to improved(More)
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