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BACKGROUND Ascending aortic pseudoaneurysm (PsA) is an uncommon but surgically challenging problem with high morbidity and mortality. Herein we describe the efficacy and safety of the different approaches to transcatheter intervention for repair of ascending PsA and assess the selection of occluder devices using real-time 3-dimensional (RT 3D) color Doppler(More)
UNLABELLED Aortic root perforation is a potentially life-threatening complication that may occur during transseptal puncture and requires immediate repair. We present a 71-year-old man who was admitted for catheter ablation of persistent atypical atrial flutter. Fluoroscopic-guided transseptal puncture was performed to gain access to the left atrium. An(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating adiponectin concentration increases in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). We sought to explore the prognostic value of temporal changes in adiponectin concentration following treatment for chronic HF. METHODS Serum adiponectin levels were measured at baseline and after a 3-month anti-failure treatment in 124 patients with(More)
UNLABELLED A 74-year-old woman who was diagnosed with right breast cancer at age 39 had been treated with mastectomy, and repeated cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She also had a history of coronary artery disease, wherein two coronary artery bypass grafts were performed 3 years ago. At that time, porcelain aorta was detected during surgery. In the(More)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has emerged as a highly effective minimally invasive treatment for symptomatically critical aortic stenosis (AS) in patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk. We report a case of staged transcatheter management of critical AS combined with an atrial septal defect (ASD) with attenuated anterior superior rim.(More)
Given that coronary artery disease (CAD) in octogenarians undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) often presents with more complex lesions and extensive calcification, rotational atherectomy (RA) may be needed in some cases before stenting. However, data regarding the feasibility and safety of simultaneous RA during TAVI using the(More)
Repeat surgery has usually been considered the first choice to solve paravalvular leaks of prosthetic valves, but it carries a high operative risk, a high mortality rate and an increased risk for re-leaks. Percutaneous closure of such defects is possible, and different approaches and devices are used for this purpose. For mitral paravalvular leaks,(More)
BACKGROUND The anatomy of septal defects can be complex and morphologically unpredictable. Balloon sizing of such defects may not be feasible, and an appropriately sized commercial occluder may not be available. Therefore, percutaneous transcatheter closure of such defects can be challenging because of an increased risk of complications. In this study, we(More)
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