J F Matthias Bechtel

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BACKGROUND The purpose of the study is to report major cardiac and cerebrovascular events after the Ross procedure in the large adult and pediatric population of the German-Dutch Ross registry. These data could provide an additional basis for discussions among physicians and a source of information for patients. METHODS AND RESULTS One thousand six(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS OF THE STUDY Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a common inherited condition that is often accompanied by ascending aortic aneurysm. A high level of histological wall abnormalities was reported to be present in non-dilated aortas of patients with BAV. In patients with tricuspid aortic valve, there appears to exist a direct relationship(More)
BACKGROUND Autograft regurgitation and root dilatation after the Ross procedure is of major concern. We reviewed data from the German Ross Registry to document the development of autograft regurgitation and root dilatation with time and also to compare 2 different techniques of autograft implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS Between 1990 and 2006 1014(More)
BACKGROUND Precise labeling of sizer and valve diameters is crucial for optimal valve selection especially in the small aortic root. This study examines the accuracy of manufacturers' markings on small aortic prostheses and sizers. METHODS Sizer and valve dimensions of 22 different mechanical aortic prostheses (19 to 23 mm) were evaluated by caliper(More)
OBJECTIVES Sudden death due to ventricular arrhythmias occurs frequently among patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure (CHF). In patients with left ventricular (LV) aneurysms, LV-aneurysm repair (LVAR) reduces LV-size and ameliorates symptoms of CHF, but the incidence of late sudden death is unknown, especially after LVAR without(More)
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