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1. The number of adult patients undergoing surgery for congenital cyanotic defects in childhood has increased significantly. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to examine the effect of perinatal hypoxia on the tolerance of the adult myocardium to acute ischaemia-reperfusion injury. 2. Pregnant Wistar rats were exposed to intermittent hypobaric(More)
AIM Severe right heart failure remains unfrequent but fatal complication of cardiac surgical procedures. Implantation of temporary right ventricular assist device may be life-saving procedure in various situations of right heart failure as: heart transplantation, LVAD therapy and post-cardiotomy failure. The aim of the study is an introduction of the(More)
OBJECTIVE The present analysis of the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure randomized trial data examined the left ventricular volumes at baseline and 4 months after surgery to determine whether any magnitude of postoperative reduction in end-systolic volume affected survival after coronary artery bypass grafting alone compared with bypass grafting(More)
The main complication of aortocoronary reconstruction with vein grafts is restenosis in the course of time. The aim was to assess the effect of a periadventitial polyester mesh releasing sirolimus on intimal hyperplasia of autologous grafts. We implanted v. jugularis ext. into a. carotis communis in rabbits. The vein graft was either intact, or was wrapped(More)
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) have recently established themselves as an irreplaceable therapeutic modality of terminal heart failure. Because of the worldwide shortage of donors, ventricular assist devices play a key role in modern heart failure therapy. Some clinical data have revealed the possibility of cardiac recovery during VAD application. On the(More)
Tissue glues are used during surgical treatment of acute aorta dissection although some glues release toxic products and thus alter the histological structure of the vessel wall. The aim of our study was to use a porcine experimental model of infrarenal aorta dissection to compare histological changes of the vessel wall 1, 6 and 12 months after application(More)
A total of 1,017 bypasses were performed in 442 patients operated on in our department between January 1, 1981, and May 30, 1984. The overall early postoperative graft patency rate in our hospital was 91.5%. About 10% of the grafts had a flow rate of 40 ml/min or less, measured intraoperatively, and most occluded grafts were in this group. This article(More)
Paresis of the diaphragm (especially left-side paresis) is a relatively frequent finding following cardiac surgery. While, usually, it is a rather benign condition, in exceptional cases it may lead to severe impairment to death of the patient. The supposed causes of damage to the phrenic nerve include: local myocardial cooling by ice slush; opening of the(More)