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BACKGROUND Appropriate surgical management of type A dissection is a critical factor for achieving satisfactory outcome, but the choice of optimal procedure is controversial. We retrospectively reviewed our experience with aortic arch replacement for type A dissection involving the arch. METHODS AND RESULTS Excluding 14 cases of subtotal or total aortic(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the use, demographic and clinical correlates of antipsychotic polypharmacy (APP) and its associations with treatment satisfaction and quality of life (QOL) in schizophrenia patients in China. METHOD A total of 4239 patients in 45 nationwide Chinese psychiatric hospitals/centers were interviewed in 2012 in the third(More)
OBJECTIVE Giant coronary artery aneurysm is an extremely uncommon disease. Most previous reports have involved only single cases. This report describes 6 patients with giant coronary artery aneurysm, examines its causes, and aims to establish the optimal surgical strategies for this exceptional and rare pathology. METHODS From July 1996 to October 2004, a(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of the present study was to evaluate short- and mid-term outcomes of the left subclavian artery (LSA) chimney stent implantation (LSACSI) during thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), and to summarize our experience with this technique. METHODS From June 2010 to September 2012, 59 patients (49 men; mean age of 57.4 ± 13.3(More)
OBJECTIVES To eliminate the residual false lumen in the descending thoracic aorta and improve long-term outcomes of surgical intervention for Stanford type A aortic dissection, we performed the skeletonized "elephant trunk" procedure in the ascending aorta and aortic arch replacement combined with transaortic stented graft implantation into the descending(More)
This paper presents the design consideration of high order digital AZ modulators used as modulus controller for fractional-N frequency synthesizer. A third-order MASH structure (MASH 1-2) is designed and implemented which allows for the input to operate over 75% of the input adder capacity. The number of the output levels is reduced to two bits. The circuit(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of Fluoro Jade-C staining (FJC) in the assessment of brain injury after deep hypothermia circulatory arrest (DHCA). METHODS Six healthy adult miniature male pigs underwent DHCA, the rectal temperature was down to 18°C, circulation was stopped , circulatory arrest was maintained for 60 minutes. On postoperative day 1,(More)
A superhard boron nitride phase dubbed as Z-BN is proposed as a possible intermediate phase between h-BN and zinc blende BN (c-BN), and investigated using first-principles calculations within the framework of density functional theory. Although the structure of Z-BN is similar to that of bct-BN containing four-eight BN rings, it is more energetically(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify differentially expressed proteins from the aortic tissue of thoracic aortic dissection (TAD) with hypertension and normal aorta and to explore the potential molecular pathogenesis of TAD. METHODS Aortic tissue samples were collected from two groups of age- and gender-matched patients with TAD and normal aorta. These samples were(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the optimal management of cardiac surgery during pregnancy, and the maternal and fetal outcomes in pregnant patients undergoing cardiac surgery with the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. METHODS Nine pregnant women with heart diseases were identified, who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass between January 2002 and(More)