Farid Foroutan

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BACKGROUND Studies assessing mortality and morbidity in adult transplant recipients with congenital heart disease (CHD) are limited. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis comparing post-transplant outcomes in these 2 populations. METHODS After conducting an electronic database search, we selected studies evaluating mortality, cause-specific(More)
BACKGROUND The diastolic pressure difference (DPD) is recommended to differentiate between isolated postcapillary and combined pre-/postcapillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH) in left heart disease (PH-LHD). However, in usual practice, negative DPD values are commonly calculated, potentially related to the use of mean pulmonary artery wedge pressure(More)
OBJECTIVE  To determine the frequency of survival, stroke, atrial fibrillation, structural valve deterioration, and length of hospital stay after surgical replacement of an aortic valve (SAVR) with a bioprosthetic valve in patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. DESIGN  Systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. DATA SOURCES(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the most credible anchor-based minimal important differences (MIDs) for patient important outcomes in patients with degenerative knee disease, and to inform BMJ Rapid Recommendations for arthroscopic surgery versus conservative management DESIGN: Systematic review. OUTCOME MEASURES Estimates of anchor-based MIDs, and their(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Silent ischemic embolic lesions are common after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The use of embolic protection devices (EPD) may reduce the occurrence of these embolic lesions. Thus, a quantitative overview and credibility assessment of the literature was necessary to draw a robust message about EPD. Therefore, the aim(More)
BACKGROUND Tricuspid annular (TA) dilation has been suggested as a more reliable marker of concomitant advanced right ventricular failure (RVF) than severity of tricuspid regurgitation (TR). Our objective was to examine the impact of TA dilation on occurrence of RVF and in-hospital mortality following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant. METHODS(More)
Background: Exercise capacity and raised heart rate (HR) are important prognostic markers in patients with heart failure (HF). There has been significant interest in wrist-worn devices that track activity and HR. Objective: We aimed to assess the feasibility and accuracy of HR and activity tracking of the Fitbit and Apple Watch. Methods: We conducted a(More)
BACKGROUND One major disadvantage of ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy is the development of human-leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies. We aimed to identify factors associated with HLA antibodies during continuous flow (CF)-VAD support and assess the effect on transplant probability and outcomes. METHODS We included 143 consecutive heart failure(More)
Frailty assessment has become an integral part of the evaluation of potential candidates for heart transplantation and ventricular assist device (HTx/VAD). The impact of frailty, as a heart failure risk factor or to identify those who will derive the greatest benefit with HTx/VAD remains unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the independent(More)