Marina P Balanika

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AIMS We sought to define the predictive value and evolution of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels following transcutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS We investigated 91 consecutive patients who underwent TAVI (59 transfemoral [TF], 32 transapical [TA]) in our institution. The balloon-expandable valve(More)
INTRODUCTION Percutaneous aortic valve replacement represents an alternative to conventional open-heart surgery for selected high-risk patients without the need for sternotomy, aortotomy, or cardiopulmonary bypass. We present the first Greek series of transcatheter prosthetic aortic valve implantation procedures, performed in our centre. METHODS All 12(More)
Cardiac myxoma is the most common benign tumor of the heart. It presents with a variety of clinical signs and symptomatology making diagnosis frequently quite a challenge. We review our experience with 41 patients who underwent surgical intervention for cardiac myxoma between 1994 and 2011. All patients' preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative(More)
A case of severe acute renal failure in a young female patient necessitating renal replacement therapy after laparoscopic cholecystectomy is described. The histology of the renal lesion assigned to the effects of laparoscopic surgery is relevant for the pathogenesis of renal complications after such procedures. This explains part of the pathogenesis of the(More)
INTRODUCTION transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an emerging technique for the treatment of aortic stenosis. With the advent of percutaneous suture devices for the access point and prosthesis delivery systems of smaller diameter, TAVI has become a truly percutaneous procedure: percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR). Thus, PAVR may be(More)
OBJECTIVES Correction of ascending aorta and proximal aortic arch pathology with numerous surgical techniques having been proposed over the years remains a surgical challenge. This study was undertaken to identify risk factors influencing outcome after aortic arch operations, requiring deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA). METHODS Between 1993 and(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare 2 anesthetic techniques, general anesthesia or monitored anesthesia care, performed by the same cardiac anesthesiologists for transcatheter aortic valve implantation in the authors' institution. DESIGN A retrospective study. SETTING A single specialized cardiac surgery center. PARTICIPANTS Ninety-eight patients with severe aortic(More)
BACKGROUND transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has emerged as an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement for patients with severe aortic stenosis considered inoperable or at high operative risk, but the long-term outcome remains unknown. HYPOTHESIS we assessed the 4-year clinical and echocardiographic outcomes of patients undergoing(More)
This case report describes a percutaneous aortic valve implantation with the Medtronic CoreValve selfexpanding valve prosthesis in a patient with severe aortic stenosis. The approach was made via the left subclavian artery because of the lack of femoral vessel access. The patient was a 78-year-old female with breathlessness on minimal effort, a recent(More)