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BACKGROUND To assess the performance of the The European System for Cardiac Operative. Risk Evaluation II (EuroSCORE II) in Chinese patients undergoing heart valve surgery at our centre. METHODS From January 2006 to December 2011, 3479 consecutive patients who underwent heart valve surgery at our centre were collected and scored according to the original(More)
Stable cell-matrix adhesion, re-endothelialization, and reconstitution represent important issues in creating autologous living heart valve, a close collaboration between growth factors and the extracellular matrix in these processes appears crucial. To prove this action, porcine decellularized valve constructs were precoated with fibronectin and seeded(More)
OBJECTIVE Accumulated evidence suggests that myogenesis and angiogenesis induced by implanted cells play important roles in restoring cardiac function after a myocardial infarction. The current study investigated the effects of transplanted autologous mesenchymal stem cells overexpressing angiogenin on myocardial perfusion and cardiac function in the(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital quadricuspid aortic valve is rarely seen during aortic valve replacement (AVR). The diagnosis and treatment of the disease were reported in 11 cases. METHODS Eleven patients (nine men and two women, mean age 33.4 years) with quadricuspid aortic valve were retrospectively evaluated. Medical records, echocardiograms and surgical(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the mRNA and protein expression of mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) and 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11betaHSD2), which plays a crucial role in the human heart to confer specificity on MR, in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation. METHODS Twenty-five patients of rheumatic heart valve disease, 12 with sinus(More)
OBJECTIVES The prognostic significance of preoperative atrial fibrillation on mitral valve replacement remains unclear. The aim of this study was to explore the effects of the presence of preoperative atrial fibrillation on mortality and cardiovascular outcomes of mitral valve replacement for rheumatic valve disease. METHODS A retrospective analysis was(More)
OBJECTIVE Little information is available about surgical outcomes in patients with multivalvular endocarditis. The aim of this article is to review the 21-year experience with surgical treatment of patients with multivalvular endocarditis at our institution and, in particular, to determine the incidence, pathologic status, diagnosis, surgical strategies,(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to develop a preoperative risk prediction model and an scorecard for prolonged intensive care unit length of stay (PrlICULOS) in adult patients undergoing heart valve surgery. METHODS This is a retrospective observational study of collected data on 3925 consecutive patients older than 18 years, who had undergone heart(More)
BACKGROUND To compare six risk scores with regard to their validity to predict in-hospital mortality after heart valve surgery in a single-centre patient population of China. METHODS From January 2006 to December 2011, 3479 consecutive patients who underwent heart valve surgery at our centre were collected and scored according to the EuroSCORE II, VA risk(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the surgical technique and indication on descending aortic aneurysms. METHODS From January 1996 to June 2006, 41 patients with descending aortic aneurysm underwent operation, including DeBakey type III dissection in 26, false aneurysm in 6, true aneurysm in 4, and residual or newly complicated type III dissection after the surgery of(More)