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OBJECTIVES This study retrospectively reviews an aggressive multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of massive pulmonary embolism, centering on rapid diagnosis with contrast-enhanced computed tomography of the chest to define the location and degree of clot burden and transthoracic echocardiography to document right ventricular strain followed by(More)
Profilin is a conserved actin-monomer-binding protein which is found in all eukaryotes, including yeast. Although amino acid sequence analysis and RNase protection analysis suggest a single profilin isoform in mammalian cells, Southern blot analysis of human and somatic cell hybrid DNA indicates several loci in the human genome which hybridize with the(More)
  • Lishan Aklog
  • 2003
Over the past 5 years, many coronary artery surgeons have embraced technology and advanced the field of beating heart surgery to the point where off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) is becoming a mature procedure. Enabling technologies are now available for all stages of the procedure, including cardiac positioning, coronary artery stabilization,(More)
BACKGROUND The optimal management of moderate (3+ on a scale of 0 to 4+) ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) remains controversial. Some advocate CABG alone, whereas others favor concomitant mitral annuloplasty. To clarify the optimal management of these patients, we evaluated the early impact of isolated CABG on moderate ischemic MR. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Acute pulmonary embolism confers a high mortality rate despite advances in diagnosis and therapy. Thrombolysis is often effective but has a high frequency of major bleeding complications, especially intracranial hemorrhage. Therefore, we liberalized our criteria for acute pulmonary embolectomy and considered operating on patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Dynamic cardiomyoplasty remains a promising but poorly understood surgical modality for selected patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Despite encouraging clinical results, objective evidence of enhanced ventricular function using traditional indexes (cardiac output, ejection fraction, and dP/dt) has been difficult to document after(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic valve surgery after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in the setting of patent pedicled internal mammary artery (IMA) grafts poses a high risk because of the underlying ischemic and valve disease. Unlike mitral valve surgery or CABG, in which aortic clamping (AoX) may be optional, aortic valve surgery uniformly requires AoX unless(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Although pulmonary autografts offer advantages over aortic homografts, they may also carry additional risks. We reviewed the interim results of a prospective randomized trial of autograft versus homograft aortic valve replacement (AVR) to determine if the greater complexity of the autograft insertion is justified,(More)
Angiography has been considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of acute dissection of the ascending aorta, but it may increase mortality by imposing an unnecessary delay before surgical repair. In addition, coronary angiography has often been considered essential as well. From 1988 to 1993, 37 patients (median age 61 years, 30 men and 7 women) had(More)
An increasing number of patients are referred for coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) with the presence of mild to moderate aortic stenosis (AS). It is well accepted that patients with severe AS and coronary artery disease (CAD) should undergo combined aortic valve replacement (AVR) and CABG, which carries an operative mortality of approximately 5-7%. For(More)