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AIM To report the experience of 23 tertiary referral European Centres on transcatheter closure of congenital ventricular septal defects (VSD). METHODS AND RESULTS Implantation of transcatheter devices was attempted in 430 patients (pts) with congenital VSDs until July 2005. The following anatomic types were present: 119 muscular, 250 perimembranous, 16(More)
BACKGROUND Recent advances in technology have provided the opportunity for off-line analysis of digital video-clips of two-dimensional (2-D) echocardiographic images. Commercially available software that follows the motion of cardiac structures during cardiac cycle computes both regional and global velocity, strain, and strain rate (SR). The present study(More)
BACKGROUND About 50% of patients with cryptogenic stroke have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The recurrence rate of paradoxical embolism is higher if a PFO is detected. METHODS Thirty-five patients with PFO and > or = 1 thromboembolic event due to paradoxical embolism were included in the study (23 males, 12 females, mean age 47.8 +/- 14 years, mean weight(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary regurgitation may cause progressive right ventricular dilatation and dysfunction in adult patients previously repaired for right ventricular outflow tract obstruction (RVOTO), and who require subsequent valve implantation for relief of these symptoms. Right ventricular recovery after pulmonary valve implantation (PVI) may be closely(More)
Surgical correction of tetralogy of Fallot is still one of the most frequently performed intervention in pediatric cardiac surgery, and in many cases, it is far from being a complete and definitive correction. It is rather an excellent palliation that solves the problem of cyanosis, but predisposes the patients to medical and surgical complications during(More)
This single-center, retrospective analysis evaluated long-term bosentan treatment in adult patients (n = 7) with both Down and Eisenmenger syndromes (DS-ES). Laboratory tests, 6-minute walk distance (6MWD), functional class, and Doppler echocardiography were assessed at baseline and during 2 years' follow-up. Improvements or maintenance of 6MWD were(More)
When it comes to the role of the clinical psychology in the cardiac settings, or psychocardiology, there is often a focus on acquired cardiac illnesses in the rehabilitation settings. However, the increase of adults with congenital heart disease due to technological advances in cardiology and cardiac surgery have created a new emergency. It is thus(More)
The patient is a 26-year-old female with a history of tetralogy of Fallot with severe obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), and she was operated during the first few months of life with the insertion of an aorto-pulmonary shunt (BTS); in 1986, a valved conduit (Jonescu-Shiley 20) was inserted between the right ventricle and the(More)
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