Jochen L. Cremer

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BACKGROUND Aortic stenosis is a frequent valvular disease especially in elderly patients. Catheter-based valve implantation has emerged as a valuable treatment approach for these patients being either at very high risk for conventional surgery or even deemed inoperable. The German Aortic Valve Registry (GARY) provides data on conventional and catheter-based(More)
BACKGROUND Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) has been shown to enhance the tolerance of remote organs to cope with a subsequent ischemic event. We hypothesized that RIPC reduces postoperative neurocognitive dysfunction (POCD) in patients undergoing complex cardiac surgery. METHODS We conducted a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial(More)
Transient episodes of ischemia in a remote organ (remote ischemic preconditioning, RIPC) can attenuate myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury but the underlying mechanisms of RIPC in the target organ are still poorly understood. Recent animal studies suggested that the small redox protein thioredoxin may be a potential candidate for preconditioning-induced(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether revascularisation improves prognosis compared with medical treatment among patients with stable coronary artery disease. DESIGN Bayesian network meta-analyses to combine direct within trial comparisons between treatments with indirect evidence from other trials while maintaining randomisation. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR(More)
Transient episodes of ischemia in a remote organ or tissue (remote ischemic preconditioning, RIPC) can attenuate myocardial injury. Myocardial damage is associated with tissue remodeling and the matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 (MMP-2/9) are crucially involved in these events. Here we investigated the effects of RIPC on the activities of heart tissue(More)
OBJECTIVE Trans-catheter aortic and pulmonary valve replacement procedures can result in favorable outcomes in selected patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the functioning of a novel self-expanding valved stent with super-absorbent polymer (SAP) for minimally invasive replacement of the tricuspid valve. METHODS A newly designed nitinol(More)
AIM To study in patients performing international normalized ratio (INR) self-control the efficacy and safety of an INR target range of 1.6-2.1 for aortic valve replacement (AVR) and 2.0-2.5 for mitral valve replacement (MVR) or double valve replacement (DVR). METHODS AND RESULTS In total, 1304 patients undergoing AVR, 189 undergoing MVR and 78 undergoing(More)
The incidence of sternal wound infections (SWI) after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) as reported worldwide is low. However, it is associated with significant increase of postoperative mortality and treatment costs. The major risk factors discussed are diabetes mellitus and bilateral IMA harvesting of the internal mammary artery. This study analyses(More)
Organ shortage unavoidably leads to shifting strategies in modern transplantation medicine. Experiences with specific comorbidities in terms of organ transplantation therefore have to be made. We report a case of a 51-year-old male patient with successful orthotopic heart transplantation from a donor with granulomatosis with polyangiitis. After a good(More)
Colonization or infection with various pathogens is frequently found in patients listed for lung transplantation. We describe a case of a 50-year-old woman with α-1-antitrypsin deficiency, which was listed for double-lung transplantation, with multidrug-resistant gram-negative Acinetobacter baumannii (MRGN4-Ab) skin colonization. Transplantation was(More)