Mario Morea

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From January, 1979, to December, 1984, at the Cardiac Surgery Department of the University of Torino Medical School, major sternal wound infections developed in 48 (1.86%) of 2,579 consecutive patients. These patients underwent open-heart procedures through a midline sternotomy and survived long enough for infection to appear. Possible risk factors were(More)
The late outcome in 226 patients who survived surgical repair of aortic coarctation was assessed 15-30 years after operation. Twenty six patients died during the follow up mainly from causes related to surgical repair or to associated cardiovascular anomalies. The survival rates of patients operated on between the ages of four and 20 years are 97%, 97%, 92%(More)
To evaluate risks and complications of reoperations on heart valve prostheses, we reviewed data on 183 patients who underwent reoperation because of prosthetic valve malfunction. The incremental effect of the redo procedure on hospital mortality and morbidity was studied by comparing primary and reoperative procedures and analyzing a series of possible(More)
Between March 1970 and May 1976, 564 patients have undergone single or multiple heart valve replacement with the Hancock "SGP" bioprosthesis in our institution. Of these patients, 335 had single mitral, 102 aortic, one tricuspid, and 126 double or triple valve replacement, for a total of 629 xenografts. The long-term results, in terms of clinical(More)
Fifty-seven patients underwent aortic valve replacement with a stentless glutaraldehyde-fixed bioprosthesis; 27 received a porcine aortic valve and 30 had a bovine pericardial valve. Two groups of 30 patients each who had aortic valve replacement with a tilting-disc mechanical valve or a stented porcine bioprosthesis served as controls. There were no(More)
We report a successful transplantation of a human tricuspid valve in a human. We used a fresh tricuspid homograft with its chordae tendineae and papillary muscles, harvested 5 days earlier under sterile conditions from a multiorgan donor a few minutes after cardiectomy (the heart was not suitable for cardiac transplantation) and immediately stored at 4(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiac surgery has become a possible cause of ascending aortic dissection, particularly in patients who have undergone aortic valve replacement. METHODS From January 1979 to December 1989, 134 patients with angiographic evidence of aortic dissection, were studied in the Haemodinamic Laboratory of the University of Turin. Twelve of these(More)
From January 1979 to December 1979, 217 patients underwent valve replacement with porcine bioprostheses. The aim of this study has been to analyze possible host-related risk factors of primary tissue failure (PTF). Of the 207 survivors, 33 have been reoperated on because of prosthetic PTF. Actuarial freedom from PTF was 67.4% +/- 6.04% at 11 years. Several(More)
Chordal preservation during mitral valve replacement is thought to greatly preserve left ventricular function. Recently a stentless mitral valve (Biocor) became available for clinical use. It is a porcine mitral valve with the entire chordal apparatus, the sewing ring being reinforced by a bovine pericardial ring and the chordae being sutured together onto(More)
The effect of platelet activating factor (PAF) on three mechanical [maximal mechanical tension (Pmax); time to peak tension; maximal rate of rise of tension (+dP/dt)] and four electrical [action potential duration (APD); resting membrane potential; overshoot; maximum rate of depolarization] parameters of cardiac function was studied on fragments of isolated(More)