Eugene V Vitvitsky

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BACKGROUND There is increasing interest in the role of valve repair for patients with isolated severe aortic regurgitation. Those with bicuspid aortic valves are suggested as most suitable for repair. Morphologic features of these valves that suggest feasibility of repair are not well defined. METHODS Perioperative echocardiograms on 132 consecutive(More)
Tenascin-C (TN-C) expression and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity are induced within remodeling pulmonary arteries (PAs), where they promote cell growth. Because pulmonary vascular disease in children with congenital heart defects is commonly associated with changes in pulmonary hemodynamics, we hypothesized that changes in pulmonary blood flow(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanisms by which increased pulmonary blood flow results in pulmonary hypertension have not been determined. METHODS To determine if increased pulmonary blood flow produces endothelial dysfunction that precedes vascular remodeling and smooth muscle proliferation, neonatal swine (n = 12) (age, 6.1+/-0.5 days) underwent ligation of the left(More)
Arteriovenous malformations of the gastrointestinal tract are a very common entity and a frequently cited cause of lower gastrointestinal bleeding in adults. They are characteristically found in the mucosa or submucosa of the bowel wall, and the vast majority do not cause any symptoms. We discuss the rare case of an extraluminal arteriovenous malformation(More)
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