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The objective of this systematic literature review with meta-analysis was to determine the strength of evidence for a preoperative statin on the reduction of adverse postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Randomized controlled (RCT) and observational trials were searched in online databases that reported about the effects of(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients undergoing transapical aortic valve implantation (TA-AVI) are usually over 80 years old and have a high prevalence of chronic kidney disease. However, transcatheter valve therapies require the use of contrast injections with the risk of nephrotoxicity. The aim of this study was to evaluate post-operative kidney function and survival in(More)
The aim of this investigation was to analyze the impact of intermittent cold blood cardioplegia (ICC) and intermittent warm blood cardioplegia (IWC) on endothelial injury in patients referred to elective on-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Patients undergoing CABG procedures were randomized to either ICC or IWC. Myocardial injury was(More)
OBJECTIVES Antifibrinolytics are widely used in cardiac surgery to save blood perioperatively. In the present study we evaluated the hemostatic effects of tranexamic acid (TXA) to decrease bleeding tendency and transfusion requirements in high-risk patients following transapical aortic valve implantation (TA-AVI). METHODS A retrospective analysis was(More)
Background Patients referred to transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) present with multiple risk factors for intraprocedural complications. Case Description We describe a TAVI procedure with sudden hemodynamic collapse and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Therefore, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation cannulas were immediately implanted via vessels(More)
Background Double-chambered right ventricle is a partial separation of the right ventricle by pathological tissue. This anomaly is described in infants and children but can also be diagnosed in young adults. Case Description A 47-year-old patient presented with chest pain and exercise intolerance. Further evaluation revealed a double-chambered right(More)
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