Elmar W. Kuhn

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Cardiac surgery improves life expectancy and quality of life for the constantly ageing population in developed countries. Mediated by their lipid-dependent and lipid-independent mechanisms, statins are sought to provide benefit with regard to better outcomes after cardiac surgery. Current guidelines recommend statin use in patients undergoing coronary(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed the short-term outcomes and predictors of 30-d mortality in patients requiring temporary, peripheral extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for postcardiotomy cardiac failure. METHODS The data were retrospectively obtained using our institutional patient database. All patients who had received peripheral ECMO support after(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the strength of evidence of preoperative statin therapy for prevention of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. METHODS A meta-analysis was performed of randomized controlled trials and observational trials reporting the impact of preoperative statin therapy on the incidence of any type and new-onset atrial fibrillation after(More)
BACKGROUND Performing cardiac surgery is associated with stress for surgeons. We investigated stress levels of experienced surgeons and trainees during coronary artery bypass graft teaching procedures. METHODS We assessed heart rate (HR) and sympathovagal balance (SVB) of experienced surgeons (attendings; n = 7) and residents enrolled in a training(More)
BACKGROUND The new technique of minimally invasive transapical aortic valve implantation (TAP-AVI) deals with high-risk patients and despite the absence of cardiopulmonary bypass it might lead to renal impairment. The aim of this study was to estimate the risk of the development of acute kidney injury (AKI) after TAP-AVI and to identify possible risk(More)
BACKGROUND Patients referred to cardiac surgery for cardiovascular disease are at significant risk for the development of post-operative major adverse events despite significant advances in surgical techniques and perioperative care. Statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) have gained a pivotal role in the primary and secondary prevention of coronary artery(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the current strength of evidence for or against endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). MATERIALS AND METHODS A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCT) and observational trials (OT) was performed that reported the impact of EVH on adverse clinical outcomes after(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Recent evidence suggests that statin-mediated cardioprotection after chronic statin therapy decreases over time and can be reactivated by preprocedural high-dose statin reloading therapy. We tested in a porcine cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) model whether statin-related cardioprotection is further enhanced by a preoperative rosuvastatin(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of intermittent warm (IWC) versus intermittent cold blood cardioplegia (ICC) in high-risk patients that require prolonged periods of aortic cross-clamping during on-pump cardiac surgery. METHODS From 3527 consecutive patients undergoing on-pump cardiac surgery, 520 patients were retrospectively(More)
OBJECTIVES Severe bleeding related to cardiac surgery is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Thromboelastography (TEG) and thromboelastometry (ROTEM) are point-of-care tests (POCT). Bedside ROTEM/TEG can rapidly detect changes in blood coagulation and therefore provide a goal-directed, individualized coagulation therapy. In this(More)