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OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was prospective investigation of silent and clinically apparent cerebral embolic events and neurological impairment after transfemoral aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND TAVI is a novel therapeutic approach for multimorbid patients with severe aortic stenosis. We investigated peri-interventional cerebral embolism(More)
BACKGROUND In coronary artery bypass surgery the detection of the target vessels can be difficult due to their intramural location, coverage by adipose tissue, calcification, or fibrous tissue formation. Their identification is especially critical during off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) and minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB)(More)
INTRODUCTION Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) longevity is crucial for both patients and public health systems because it determines the number of surgical ICD replacements, which can generally be considered an additional risk factor for complications, and the cost-effectiveness of ICD therapy. Our objective was to obtain insight into the(More)
Local trauma to patients with implanted pacemaker devices may result in lead fracture or breakage of the lead socket with leakage of fluid into the connector system. This report describes an unusual case of complete entrance and exit block in a subpectorally implanted dual chamber pacemaker due to total disconnection and dislodgement of header block and(More)
The scope of this paper was to determine whether ischemic and reperfusion damage in cardiac surgery can be detected by measurement of electrical bioimpedance (EBI). Conventional pacing wires were replaced by pacing wires with sputtered iridium coating in order to reduce polarization associated with two-electrode impedance measurements. A custom-built(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to investigate the persistence rates of iatrogenic atrial septal defect (iASD) after interventional edge-to-edge repair with serial transesophageal echocardiography examinations and close clinical follow-up (FU). BACKGROUND Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) with the MitraClip system (Abbott Vascular, Abbott(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter occlusion of uncomplicated atrial septum defects (ASD) is recognized as an effective and minimally invasive method. Sometimes, serious early and late complications require surgical intervention. We therefore investigated reasons and outcomes of the secondary surgical approach. METHODS 5 patients (aged 5-73 yrs) were admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND Up to 50% of the patients still die or have to be rehospitalized during the first year after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This emphasizes the need for more strategic patient selection. The aim of this prospective observational cohort study was to compare the prognostic value of risk scores and circulating biomarkers to predict(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to determine plasma elevations of biomarkers of myocardial injury associated with transfemoral (TF) transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and to evaluate their prognostic value. BACKGROUND Increases in biomarkers of myocardial injury are a common finding after TAVR, but their clinical significance is unclear.(More)
morbidity of severe aortic regurgitation: a long-term follow up study. correction of mitral regurgitation in the elderly. Outcomes and recent improvement. Trends in heart failure incidence and survival in a community-based population. A 75-year-old female presented with progressive dyspnoea NYHA functional class IV. Echocardiog-raphy revealed moderate(More)