Munir Boodhwani

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OBJECTIVE Valve repair for aortic insufficiency requires a tailored surgical approach determined by the leaflet and aortic disease. Over the past decade, we have developed a functional classification of AI, which guides repair strategy and can predict outcome. In this study, we analyze our experience with a systematic approach to aortic valve repair. (More)
BACKGROUND Observational studies suggest that skeletonization of the internal thoracic artery (ITA) can improve conduit flow and length and reduce deep sternal infections and postoperative pain. We performed a randomized, double-blind, within-patient comparison of skeletonized and nonskeletonized ITAs in patients undergoing coronary surgery. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with bicuspid aortic valves can present with aortic insufficiency caused by cusp disease or the aortic root pathology. We present our 13-year experience with a functional and systematic approach to bicuspid aortic valve repair. METHODS Between 1995 and 2008, 122 consecutive patients (mean age, 44 +/- 11 years) with bicuspid aortic(More)
BACKGROUND Resveratrol may provide protection against coronary artery disease. We hypothesized that supplemental resveratrol will improve cardiac perfusion in the ischemic territory of swine with hypercholesterolemia and chronic myocardial ischemia. METHODS AND RESULTS Yorkshire swine were fed either a normal diet (control, n=7), a hypercholesterolemic(More)
Acute type A aortic dissections still present a major challenge to cardiac surgeons. Although surgical management remains the gold standard, operative mortality remains high, including in experienced centres. Nevertheless, recent advances in the understanding and management of various aspects of these complex operations are expected to improve overall(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that angiogenesis is regulated by a balance between activators and inhibitors. We investigated the effects of hypercholesterolemia on the functional angiogenic response and collateral formation induced by chronic myocardial ischemia and the expression of angiogenic mediators. METHODS Twelve Yucatan miniswine, fed(More)
This Canadian Cardiovascular Society position statement aims to provide succinct perspectives on key issues in the management of thoracic aortic disease (TAD). This document is not a comprehensive overview of TAD and important elements of the epidemiology, presentation, diagnosis, and management of acute aortic syndromes are deliberately not discussed;(More)
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of mortality in diabetic patients. Because of the diffuse nature of their disease, diabetic patients may be at risk for incomplete revascularization, highlighting a potential role for proangiogenic therapy in this group. This study investigates molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis in diabetic patients.(More)
BACKGROUND Reinfusion of unprocessed cardiotomy blood during cardiac surgery can introduce particulate material into the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit, which may contribute to postoperative cognitive dysfunction. On the other hand, processing of this blood by centrifugation and filtration removes coagulation factors and may potentially contribute to(More)
BACKGROUND It has been recognized that neurocognitive decline (NCD) often occurs as a complication in cardiac surgery. The early inflammatory response and C-reactive protein (CRP) was examined in relation to NCD and to a marker of axonal central nervous system (CNS) injury after cardiopulmonary bypass. METHODS A cohort of patients undergoing coronary(More)