Kyriakos Anastasiadis

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BACKGROUND Early graft failure is a common cause of cardiac morbidity and mortality after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and there is particular concern about graft patency in off-pump CABG. We describe our preliminary experience with a novel imaging technique (the SPY system), based on fluorescence of Indocyanine Green when exposed to near(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal management of the patients requiring cardiac surgery with concomitant severe carotid disease remains a controversy. The traditional approach involves staged or combined carotid endarterectomy and cardiac surgery. This study evaluated the feasibility and safety of angioplasty and stenting for the treatment of carotid stenoses(More)
This Review explores contemporary circulatory support in profound postinfarction cardiogenic shock. Frequently, death is the only alternative to implantation of a blood pump, so prospective randomized trials of device versus medical treatment are unacceptable and evidence is derived from clinical experience. Irrespective of ACC/AHA and European guidelines,(More)
BACKGROUND Transsternal thymectomy is well established in the treatment of myasthenia gravis. Surgical strategy and patient selection, however, remain controversial. This paper reports the experience of a supraregional center looking into the influence of different preoperative risk factors on surgical outcome. METHODS Between 1987 and 1998, 85(More)
BACKGROUND Early graft failure is a common cause of cardiac mortality and morbidity after coronary artery bypass grafting, but there is little information on its natural incidence. Furthermore, there is particular concern about graft patency in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting and total arterial grafting. METHODS We performed a prospective(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) constitute a family of zinc-dependent proteases (endopeptidases) whose catalytic action is the degradation of the extracellular matrix components. In addition, they play the major role in the degradation of collagen and in the process of tissue remodeling. The present clinical study investigated blood serum levels(More)
OBJECTIVE Neurocognitive impairment can be a debilitating complication after cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of minimal extracorporeal circulation (MECC) versus conventional extracorporeal circulation (CECC) on neurocognitive function after elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and whether this can be attributed to(More)
BACKGROUND The Allen test is commonly used to assess collateral hand circulation before radial artery harvest for coronary artery bypass grafting. However there is no consensus as to whether an abnormal Allen test is an absolute or relative contraindication to radial artery harvesting. We assessed the safety of harvesting the radial artery using arterial(More)
During the last decade, minimized extracorporeal circulation (MECC) systems have shown beneficial effects to the patients over the conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (CECC) circuits. This is a prospective randomized study of 99 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, evaluating the postoperative haematological effects of(More)
Currently, most thoracic surgeons perform surgical pleurodesis for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax (RSP) by video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). However, the superiority of VATS over axillary minithoracotomy is not been established in prospective studies to date. A modified two-port VATS technique and axillary minithoracotomy were prospectively(More)