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BACKGROUND Delirium has been hypothesized to be a central nervous system response to systemic inflammation during a state of blood-brain barrier compromise. The purpose of this study was to compare postoperative changes in groups of inflammatory markers in persons who developed delirium following cardiac surgery and matched controls without delirium. (More)
Neuropeptide Y is one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in the myocardium, and is known to influence cardiovascular remodeling. We hypothesized that diabetic neuropathy could possibly be associated with altered neuropeptide Y and its receptor expression levels in myocardium and plasma. Plasma neuropeptide Y levels in diabetic (n=24, HgbA1c 7.9 ± 1.1%)(More)
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. Brief Summary We propose that complex (nonlinear) fluctuations of hemodynamic variables (including systemic blood pressure parameters) during cardiovascular surgery contain information relevant to risk assessment and intraoperative(More)
Thirty-seven patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass operations were studied to assess the effect of skin temperature on platelet function. Differences in skin temperature between the two arms were created during bypass, at the completion of bypass, and at 2 and 24 hours after the completion of bypass. In each of 37 patients the temperature of one arm(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined the effect of mechanical unloading with ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy on myocardial inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression and cardiomyocyte apoptosis in patients with end-stage heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND Despite advances in medical therapy, HF continues to be a progressive and ultimately fatal disorder.(More)
BACKGROUND Owing to its elliptical shape, the left ventricle outflow tract (LVOT) area is underestimated by two-dimensional (2D) diameter-based calculations which assume a circular shape. This results in overestimation of aortic stenosis (AS) by the continuity equation. In cases of moderate to severe AS, this overestimation can affect intraoperative(More)
Under conditions of ischemia, the hydrogen ion [H+] accumulates in the myocardial tissue in proportion to the magnitude of the ischemic insult. The accumulation of [H+] is the result of both increased anaerobic production of [H+] secondary to decreased substrate and decreased washout of [H+] secondary to decreased coronary perfusion. The Khuri tissue pH(More)
In order to study the metabolic consequences of myocardial stunning, repeated coronary occlusions were performed in dogs. The production of CO2, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), phosphocreatine (PCr), and inorganic phosphate (Pi) by myocardial cells was assessed, along with extracellular and intracellular pH. Our results indicate that regional coronary artery(More)
BACKGROUND Pericardial effusions resulting in cardiac tamponade (CT) are uncommon after open heart surgery (OHS) and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Characteristics and outcomes of patients who develop postoperative CT are poorly defined. Our objective was to further analyze the population at risk for developing postoperative CT,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the association between biochemical markers of brain injury (MBI) and the inflammatory response in relation to neurocognitive deficiency (NCD) after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA In cardiac surgery, NCD is a common but underdiagnosed complication with an unclear pathophysiology leading to significant morbidity.(More)