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BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) after thoracic surgery is a continuing source of morbidity and mortality. The effect of postoperative AF on long-term survival however has not been studied. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of AF on early outcome and on survival > 5 years after pulmonary lobectomy for lung cancer. METHODS From 1996 to June 2009, 454(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass graft surgery is a difficult problem and a continuing source of morbidity and mortality. However, the prognostic implications of postoperative AF are still in dispute. Our aim was to ascertain the impact of AF after coronary artery bypass graft on postoperative survival and to assess its(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence supports the important role of inflammation in atrial fibrillation (AF) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and there is growing evidence that statin has cardiac antiarrhythmic effects. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of preoperative statins in preventing AF after CABG in a longitudinal observational(More)
BACKGROUND Acute fulminant myocarditis (AFM) may represent a life-threatening event, characterized by rapidly progressive cardiac compromise that ultimately leads to refractory cardiogenic shock or cardiac arrest. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) provides effective cardiocirculatory support in this circumstance, but few clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains the most common complication after cardiac surgery. The present study aim was to derive an effective bedside tool to predict postoperative AF and its related complications. METHODS AND RESULTS Data of 17 262 patients undergoing adult cardiac surgery were retrieved at 3 European university hospitals. A risk score(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY The optimal management of chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation (CIMR) remains controversial. Herein, the authors reviewed the past 10 years of their experience to compare the long-term results of mitral valve repair with prosthetic replacement. METHODS Between January 1993 and January 2003, 102 patients (mean age 67.8(More)
BACKGROUND This study analyzed the incidence and the predictive factors of postoperative acute kidney injury (AKI) after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and evaluated the effect of AKI on postoperative survival. METHODS Between November 2000 and April 2011, all consecutive patients undergoing TEVAR of the descending thoracic or(More)
BACKGROUND Zofenopril has beneficial effects in acute myocardial infarction, and improves the functional recovery after ischemia and reperfusion. AIM OF THE STUDY The aim of this study was to investigate the cardioprotective effects of zofenopril, when added to a standard cardioplegic solution or when orally administered as pretreatment. METHODS A(More)
AIM The purpose of this study was to review the outcomes of endovascular treatment and open repair of visceral artery aneurysms, and to compare their results. METHODS Between January 1995 and January 2009, 42 patients (22 males) underwent surgical or endovascular treatment for visceral artery aneurysms. Mean age was 60 ± 13 (range, 35-85). Overall, 12(More)
Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs in as many as 40% of patients after cardiac surgery and requires dialysis in 1% of cases. Acute kidney injury is associated with an increased risk of mortality and morbidity, predisposes patients to a longer hospitalization, requires additional treatments, and increases the hospital costs. Acute kidney injury is(More)