Kestutis Rucinskas

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BACKGROUND The application of axial-flow pumps in patients with end-stage heart failure reveals a significantly reduced infectious complication rate as compared with rates observed with pulsatile devices. The remaining adverse event rate relates mainly to thromboembolic complications with neurologic consequences. We investigated the dependence of the(More)
OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the safety and efficiency of the NeoChord DS1000 system (NeoChord, Inc, Minneapolis, Minn), a device designed to deliver artificial chordae tendineae (neochords) in a beating heart with minimally invasive techniques through left anterolateral minithoracotomy. METHODS Thirteen patients with severe mitral regurgitation and(More)
INTRODUCTION Rupture of the ventricular septum complicates acute myocardial infarction in 0.2% of cases in the thrombolytic era. Ventricular septal defect (VSD) has a mortality of 90-95% in medically managed and 19-60% in surgically treated patients. METHODS A retrospective analysis was performed of 41 patients, 26 females (63.4%) and 15 males (36.6%),(More)
OBJECTIVES Transapical off-pump mitral valve repair using the NeoChord device has been proposed to treat degenerative mitral valve regurgitation. This prospective study sought to evaluate acute safety and efficacy of this innovative, minimally invasive, transcatheter mitral valve repair approach. METHODS Symptomatic patients with severe mitral(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate sensitisation, occurring because of bridging with VAD, and development of rejection episodes after transplantation in selected groups of patients using triple drug immunosuppression, without induction or desensitisation therapy. Sensitisation using standard complement dependent cytotoxicity was tested in 16 patients(More)
OBJECTIVES We previously presented early results employing a technique designed for beating heart, ventricular volume reduction (surgical ventricular restoration, SVR) without ventriculotomy for patients with antero-septal scar and dilated ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Significant volume reduction and clinical improvement were achieved. We now report durability(More)
OBJECTIVES The crucial decision to progress from pharmacological treatment of acute decompensated heart failure to institution of assist device or transplantation begins with evaluation of the chances for a successful recovery. We tested whether the intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABP) could give us the necessary time for clinical decision-making(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammatory dilated cardiomyopathy (iDCM) is a common debilitating disease with poor prognosis that often leads to heart failure and may require heart transplantation. The aim of this study was to evaluate sera and biopsy samples from chronic iDCM patients, and to investigate molecular mechanism associated with left ventricular remodeling and(More)
OBJECTIVES To report "hybrid" procedure feasibility and the clinical success of transcatheter paravalvular leak closure through apical access. METHODS Seven patients (73.6±6.1 years; 4 men) with severe mitral prosthesis paravalvular leak were selected. All patients were at high risk for open surgery because of severe comorbidities and heart failure (New(More)
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMTs) are rare and usually appear in childhood and adolescence. These tumors often take a benign course, but tend to reoccur in a quarter of cases and metastasize locally. Distant IMT metastases are extremely uncommon. To our knowledge, metastatic spread to the heart has not been reported. We present a case of a(More)