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BACKGROUND Early implantation of centrifugal devices in patients with postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock may provide a bridge to recovery and allow subsequent long-term survival. METHODS Since January 1989, 62 patients were supported with centrifugal pumps because of failure to wean from cardiopulmonary bypass. Indications were postcardiotomy cardiogenic(More)
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The Biomedicus centrifugal pump was required to provide prolonged ventricular support to 13 patients with hemodynamic instability: 11 after cardiovascular surgical procedures, 1 after myocardial infarction and 1 after failure of a heart transplant. The duration of support ranged from 3.5 hours to 9 days (mean 72 hours). Complications included bleeding in(More)
BACKGROUND Management of postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock with a ventricular assist device (VAD) is a common and accepted therapeutic option. However, VAD use in patients with mechanical heart valves (MHVs) is thought to carry an increased risk of thromboembolus. We report a series of 7 patients with combined VAD-MHV and review the literature. METHODS A(More)
Cold potassium cardioplegia provides adequate protection for coronary bypass operations, but severe coronary stenoses limit cardioplegic delivery to ischemic regions. The traditional technique delivers cardioplegic solution into the aortic root during the performance of distal anastomoses. The proposed alternative technique constructs proximal as well as(More)
We report the case of a 29-year-old man who suffered sub-arachnoid bleeding while stabilized on a biventricular assist device as a bridge to cardiac transplantation. We adjusted his anti-coagulation therapy to control the bleeding and to concurrently minimize thrombosis while on support. He underwent 2 craniotomy operations to evacuate sub-arachnoid(More)
Leiomyosarcoma metastatic to the heart is rare and is usually fatal. The authors present the case of a 58-year-old woman who had a history of uterine leiomyosarcoma. Echocardiography and cardiac catheterization revealed a large right ventricular mass. Computed tomography confirmed the presence of the mass which extended into the pulmonary artery. The(More)
From 1972 to 1979, 142 aortofemoral bypass grafts were carried out with 5 failures. In 3 of the cases the etiological factor appeared to be hypoplasia of the vessels. After reviewing the charts and arteriograms of the other patients, a further 9 cases in the hypoplastic category were collected. The mean age of the patients was 57 years, all were smokers and(More)