Ernst-Guenther Kraatz

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Current guidelines consider severe systolic left ventricular dysfunction [ejection fraction (EF) ≤20 %; left ventricular dysfunction (LVD)] a contraindication for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TAVI in this extreme risk subset of patients. The study population (253(More)
Microdialysis allows the biochemical analysis of interstitial fluids of nearly every organ as a bedside procedure. This technique could be useful to reveal data about the myocardial metabolism during cardiopulmonary bypass in human coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. In 17 patients undergoing CABG a myocardial microdialysis catheter (CMA 70,(More)
In patients after heart surgery gastric mucosal pH registration via tonometry gains increasing importance. Furthermore it is possible to place an intramyocardial probe into the myocardium to observe the intramyocardial partial oxygen tension for several days. From the observations in the three patients evaluated in this study we have reason to believe that(More)
Transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMLR) is known to induce cerebral microembolic signals (MES). We quantified laser induced MES in patients undergoing TMLR during cardiopulmonary bypass for coronary artery bypass grafting (group A) and during TMLR treatment alone (group B). The total number of MES during a single laser application with identical(More)
MHC class I and class II molecules are expressed in soluble form in the serum of both healthy and diseased individuals. Our aim was to investigate whether soluble class I (sHLA) levels in allograft patients correlate with their clinical status. Altogether, 20 renal and 30 cardiac graft recipients were examined. High levels of sHLA were measured at least 5(More)
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