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AIMS Cardiac surgery patients are prone to bleeding postoperatively owing to the extensive sternotomy wound, multiple vessel and heart sutures, and disorders of hemostasis. In this study we retrospectively analyzed the outcomes for all patients in our department who were re-operated for bleeding, over a 5 year period. METHODS A total of 4297 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Aortic dissection is a dangerous condition with a high mortality in the acute stage. Aortic dissection requires early diagnosis and treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS This short review discusses and focuses on known complications of aortic dissection and its natural mortality applying data from already published reports and from cohorts and(More)
BACKGROUND Radial artery is widely accepted for surgical myocardial revascularization due to reported better long-term patency than venous grafts. Endoscopic radial artery harvesting (ERAH) represents a modern method associated with reduction of post-harvesting complications in comparison with the traditional radial artery harvesting. METHODS From October(More)
AIM OF THE STUDY We sought to determine the results of restrictive annuloplasty for chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation. METHODS Hospital outcome and serial clinical and echocardiographic (preoperative, discharge, 3 months, 12 months, 24 months) follow-up assessments were analyzed in 87 consecutive patients with chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to determine whether the postoperative and midterm outcomes of minimally invasive and endoscopic great saphenous vein harvesting are comparable. METHODS From February 2004 to September 2006, 120 patients underwent minimally invasive vein harvesting, and subsequently 150 patients had endoscopic vein harvesting for CABG. Patients were(More)
AIM An ageing population and increase in patient co-morbidities are forcing cardiac surgeons to meticulously consider the benefits and risks of respective conduits and their harvesting techniques. CASE REPORTS Two cases of simultaneous endoscopic radial artery and great saphenous vein harvesting, for redo coronary artery bypass grafting, are presented. A(More)
AIM We sought to evaluate our experience with endoscopic radial artery harvesting for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). METHODS From October 2005 to June 2010, 50 patients who underwent endoscopic radial artery harvesting for an elective CABG were prospectively assessed for harvesting characteristics, complications, postoperative and mid-term(More)
The case-report of a 57-year-old patient with the symptoms of massive pulmonary embolism is presented. The patient was admitted to the hospital in the cardiogenic shock, ventilated and with high dose of inotropic support. It was impossible to find out the exact data from personal history. The patient was operated on urgently. The chronic occlusion of the(More)