Fotini C Ampatzidou

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that occurs postoperatively in cardiac surgery. There is evidence for the role of oxidative stress in the etiology of AF. In our study, we examined whether antioxidant ascorbic acid (vitamin C), could help in the reduction of the incidence of postoperative AF. Patients who were scheduled to undergo elective(More)
OBJECTIVES Recent evidence suggests that pericardial fat may represent an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease because of its unique properties and its proximity to cardiac structures. It has been reported that pericardial fat volume (PFV) is associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to investigate the association(More)
ARDS remains a lethal complication after major lung resections. The reported mortality ranges from 50% to 100%, with increased incidence and mortality rates in pneumonectomy patients. The pathogenesis of early ARDS is still not fully understood, and the majority of patients will require mechanical ventilation. A review of the literature reveals that the(More)
Objectives Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common complication after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). It is associated with prolonged hospital stay and increased cost. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between transfusion of blood derivatives and occurrence of postoperative paroxysmal AF. Materials and Methods From June(More)
Acute renal injury (AKI) is a serious complication, which increases the risk of death after cardiac surgery. Although serum Cre is typically used for diagnosis of AKI, there are disadvantages in its use as renal marker. Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is a protein of the lipocalin family and is expressed by neutrophils and other epithelial(More)
BACKGROUND The base excess gap (BE(gap)) method is commonly used for the quantification of unmeasured ions in critically ill patients. However, it has never been validated against the standard quantitative acid-base approach. OBJECTIVE To compare the BE(gap) as a tool for the prediction of the excess of unmeasured ions with the offset of strong ion gap(More)
Coarctation of the aorta is a common congenital defect that may be undiagnosed until adulthood. Moreover, coarctation is associated with congenital and acquired cardiac pathology that may require surgical intervention. The management of an adult patient with aortic coarctation and an associated cardiac defect poses a great technical challenge since there(More)