Jan D. Schmitto

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OBJECTIVES We investigated changes in Na(+) currents (I(Na)) in permanent (or chronic) atrial fibrillation (AF) and the effects of I(Na) inhibition using ranolazine (Ran) on arrhythmias and contractility in human atrial myocardium. BACKGROUND Electrical remodeling during AF is typically associated with alterations in Ca(2+) and K(+) currents. It remains(More)
BACKGROUND The HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist system (LVAS) is intended to provide long-term support to patients with advanced heart failure. The centrifugal flow pump is designed for enhanced hemocompatibility by incorporating a magnetically levitated rotor with wide blood-flow paths and an artificial pulse. OBJECTIVES The aim of this single-arm,(More)
INTRODUCTION In addition to their lipid-lowering action, it has been demonstrated that statins can exert direct anti-inflammatory effects. We investigated the effect of preoperative statin therapy on systemic inflammatory markers and myocardial NF-kappaB inhibitor IkappaB-alpha after cardiac surgery. METHODS Thirty-six patients undergoing elective(More)
UNLABELLED We present a case of sternal steel strut dislodgement and migration in a patient undergoing Ravitch repair for pectus excavatum (PE) 37 years ago. Broken struts perforated the right ventricle and right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) and additionally migrated into the left upper lobar bronchus.Dislodged sternal struts represent rare(More)
Hyperhidrosis (primary or secondary) describes a disorder of excessive sweating. It has a significant negative impact on quality of life and affects nearly 1% of the population living in the United Kingdom (UK). Axillary involvement is the most common affecting 80% of cases. A common link to these disorders is an extreme non-thermoregulatory sympathetic(More)
RATIONALE Heart failure (HF) is known to be associated with increased Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMK)II expression and activity. There is still controversial discussion about the functional role of CaMKII in HF. Moreover, CaMKII inhibition has never been investigated in human myocardium. OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate detailed(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To assess the current status of the prevalence and variability of internal mammary graft use in contemporary multivessel coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). RECENT FINDINGS The internal mammary artery (IMA) is considered the gold-standard conduit in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. There is universal agreement that the IMA(More)
BACKGROUND Differences in vascular reactivity have been associated with variable NO release due to 894G/T and -786C/T polymorphisms of the eNOS gene. Carriers of the 894T and -786C alleles are known to have enhanced vascular responsiveness to vasoconstrictor stimulation due to decreased NO generation. Thus, we hypothesized that eNOS gene polymorphism could(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the existence of controversial debates on the efficiency of coronary endarterectomy (CE), it is still used as an adjunct to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This is particularly true in patients with endstage coronary artery disease. Given the improvements in cardiac surgery and postoperative care, as well as the rising number of(More)