Forrest Rubenstein

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BACKGROUND Neurologic deficit (paraplegia or paraparesis) remains a significant morbidity in the repair of descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. METHODS Between February 1991 and February 2000, we operated on 182 patients for descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. For the purpose of this study-to identify the impact of the combined adjuncts distal aortic(More)
BACKGROUND Extensive aortic aneurysms (ascending aorta, aortic arch, and descending or thoracoabdominal aorta) require innovative surgical techniques. Some surgeons advocate a single procedure with long periods of profound hypothermia, whereas others use a staged approach. We adopted a two-staged procedure (elephant trunk technique) in 1991 for elective(More)
BACKGROUND Previous angiogenesis models use animal tissues such as the chicken chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) or the rabbit cornea. These models may not accurately reflect the mechanisms responsible for human angiogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS We hypothesized that fragments of human myocardial tissue would develop an angiogenic response from the cut(More)
Mitral valve repair with annuloplasty has become a widely accepted technique for correction of pathologic lesions of the mitral valve. Advantages over mitral valve replacement include improved hemodynamic performance and improved ventricular function. The rate of operative mortality in appropriately selected patients is low. The success of the mitral valve(More)
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