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BACKGROUND Between March 1980 and September 1997, 91 patients underwent evaluation and treatment for primary cardiac neoplasms. METHODS Tumors were grouped into three categories: atrial myxomas, benign nonmyxomas, and malignant tumors. Survivors were contacted; no one was lost to follow-up. The mean follow-up for this series is 7 +/- 5 years. RESULTS(More)
OBJECTIVE Hemodynamic and clinical performances of 21-mm and 23-mm St Jude Medical Hemodynamic Plus aortic valves (St Jude Medical, Inc, St Paul, Minn) were compared with those of 21-mm and 23-mm St Jude Medical standard cuff aortic valves in the first such multicenter, prospective, randomized study. Hemodynamic Plus valves are mechanical, bileaflet(More)
This study was performed to assess whether patients with Parkinson's disease (PD)develop cognitive and psychiatric impairments more frequently during therapy with continuous subcutaneous apomorphine infusion (CAI) compared to the standard oral treatment. Thirty consecutive PD patients with severe motor fluctuations were included. Of them, 12 patients(More)
Coronary artery by-pass grafting with internal mammary artery (IMA) has become the graft conduit of choice, due to improved survival and its long term patency rate. However, some studies have shown that, in comparison with saphenous vein grafts, after IMA grafting, there is increased postoperative impairment of pulmonary function, possibly due to the(More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular septal defect (VSD) represents a serious complication after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with an incidence of 1-2%. Surgical treatment is often mandatory in the early period after AMI because of the worsening of the hemodynamic and clinical conditions. METHODS We reviewed 34 patients complicating AMI who underwent surgical(More)
The relationship between "connectivity" measures such as DTI and the cellular alterations in the cortex that give rise to those connections remains unclear. Cytoarchitectural changes in the planum temporale (PT) suggest impaired layer III feedforward projection neurons in schizophrenia. Altered hemispheric asymmetry of the PT has been reported in patients,(More)
One hundred and fifty-three patients undergoing De Vega tricuspid annuloplasty, with or without other associated cardiac procedures between January, 1979, and June, 1987, were evaluated. There were 136 hospital survivors. The follow-up was 98.1% complete for a mean of 3.7 years/patient. Operative mortality was 11.1%; preoperative NYHA class and length of(More)
BACKGROUND Stent deformation seems to be effective in the long term performances of bioprostheses. METHODS The Inward Banding Angle (IBA) of three different models of bioprostheses explanted during the period 1991-1992 at our Division of Cardiac Surgery in 45 different patients (26 males; 9 females; mean age 59.71 +/- 10.74, range 26-75) has been(More)
Iatrogenic left main coronary artery and aortic root dissection are rare complications during coronary catheterization. A case of catheter-induced left main coronary artery dissection with subsequent retrograde progression into the ascending aorta wall is reported. The patient was surgically managed with an ascending aorta replacement and left coronary(More)
A 74-year-old female had urgent surgery with replacement of the ascending aorta for acute type A dissection. Postprocedure, the electrocardiogram showed an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction in the antero-lateral leads. Angiography revealed a thrombotic occlusion of the left anterior descending artery, treated successfully with bivalirudin(More)