George T Stavridis

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INTRODUCTION Percutaneous aortic valve replacement represents an alternative to conventional open-heart surgery for selected high-risk patients without the need for sternotomy, aortotomy, or cardiopulmonary bypass. We present the first Greek series of transcatheter prosthetic aortic valve implantation procedures, performed in our centre. METHODS All 12(More)
Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has been recently revived, because cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) appears to worsen the multiple organ dysfunction after conventional CABG. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the off-pump CABG in chronic dialysis patients, we compared the perioperative morbidity and mortality between 15 dialysis patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Beating-heart on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (BH-ONCAB) offers a hybrid coronary revascularization technique that may confer the benefits of an "off-pump" operation while maintaining the hemodynamic stability and mechanical support of conventional on-pump CABG (C-ONCAB). This study aimed to identify whether BH-ONCAB confers a morbidity(More)
INTRODUCTION Myocardial inflammation often coexists with different types of autoimmune diseases. Our aim was to investigate the presence of myocarditis in these patients by Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) and endomyocardial biopsy. PATIENTS-METHODS Twenty patients, aged 20-55 yrs with autoimmune diseases and cardiac symptoms (3 with Takayasu's(More)
AIMS We sought to define the predictive value and evolution of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels following transcutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS We investigated 91 consecutive patients who underwent TAVI (59 transfemoral [TF], 32 transapical [TA]) in our institution. The balloon-expandable valve(More)
A 66-year-old man developed Aspergillus fumigatus endocarditis, complicated by an aortic root abscess 9 months after his aortic valve replacement with a Carpentier Edwards xenograft. The aortic root was replaced with an antibiotic-treated fresh homograft and anti-fungal chemotherapy commenced 24 hours later. One month after this he developed a retrosternal(More)
A 27-year-old woman was investigated for a tumour of the posterior chest wall. This was excised surgically and histologically it proved to be a hyaline vascular type of angiofollicular lymphoid hyperplasia or Castleman's disease. This is the third case from the literature of such a tumour arising from the intercostal space. Surgical excision has been proved(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to evaluate the gender-oriented differences in the outcomes of a lifestyle intervention trial (diet, smoking cessation, and exercise) among patients who had open heart surgery. A randomized, nonblind intervention study was performed on 500 patients who had open heart surgery. Immediately after hospital discharge, 250(More)
Dual aortic and ventricular thrombi are rare following myocardial infraction. We report the case of a 56-year-old man who initially denied primary percutaneous coronary intervention as a result of psychological phobia. Initial pharmacological management by thrombolysis and heparin was followed by multiple arterial thromboses including those of the left(More)
BACKGROUND Traditional open incisions for long saphenous vein (LSV) harvesting are common sources of post operative complications after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). To reduce pain and wound healing complications, minimally invasive harvesting techniques are being developed. We have investigated the use of a conventional laryngoscope for cost(More)