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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to compare early and long-term results in terms of survival and cardiovascular complications of patients with acute traumatic aortic injury who were conservatively managed with patients who underwent surgical or endovascular repair. METHODS From January 1980 to December 2009, 66 patients with acute traumatic aortic(More)
Between May 2001 and June 2008, the outcome and morphological changes in thoracic aortic lesions of 20 surgical high-risk patients who underwent TEVAR were evaluated. Aortic lesions included 8 (40%) type B dissections, 5 (25%) atherosclerotic aneurysms, 4 (20%) penetrating ulcers and 3 (15%) traumatic aortic ruptures. All patients were classified as(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting with both the internal thoracic arteries, such as the Tector technique, can reduce the morbidity associated with extracorporeal circulation and aortic cross-clamp. The aim of the present study is to describe our experience and the results obtained. METHODS From April 1998 to December 2003, the(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Operative risk stratification scales for use in cardiac surgery have been developed for patients who undergo procedures using extracorporeal circulation. The aims of the present study were to investigate the use of six preoperative risk stratification scales in patients undergoing beating-heart surgery and to identify risk(More)
It is unclear whether the usual criteria for implantation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in patients at risk of sudden death can be generalized to heart transplant recipients. We describe sudden death in 2 heart transplant recipients despite correctly functioning implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The scant relevant literature is reviewed.(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the clinical and radiological characteristics, management and outcomes of traumatic ascending aorta and aortic arch injuries. METHODS Historic cohort multicentre study including 17 major trauma patients with traumatic aortic injury from January 2000 to January 2011. RESULTS The most common mechanism of blunt trauma was motor-vehicle(More)
INTRODUCTION Coronary surgery without extracorporeal circulation is now an accepted technique of myocardial revascularization. A progressive increase in operations has recently been observed. OBJECTIVE We report our total experience with this technique in a consecutive series of patients operated on since 1991. This series is compared with other series of(More)
Thrombosis of the ascending aorta is a rare, potentially lethal complication. We report the case of a 56-year-old woman with a massive but subclinic thrombosis of the ascending aorta after two cycles of chemotherapy due to an epidermoid lung carcinoma stage T3 N2 M0. An emergent aortic thrombectomy was performed under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest.(More)
The aims of this study were to review the principles underlying use of the Carpentier-McCarthy-Adams IMR ETlogix® asymmetric annuloplasty ring for the treatment of chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation and to report medium-term clinical outcomes observed at our center. The in-hospital mortality rate was 2.8%. Echocardiography at hospital discharge confirmed(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The Cryolife O'Brien xenograft is a stentless bioprosthesis constructed from noncoronary leaflets from three porcine aortic valves. The aim of this study was to investigate short-term results after aortic valve replacement with this composite xenograft. METHODS Since October 1993, Cryolife O'Brien bioprostheses have been(More)