Nikolaos Papakonstantinou

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Gastric volvulus is a rare but potentially life-threatening clinical entity due to possible gastric necrosis. A wandering spleen may also be associated with gastric volvulus. Patients presenting with the triad epigastralgia, vomiting followed by retching, and difficulty or inability to pass a nasogastric tube into the stomach are likely to have gastric(More)
District heating grids are complex systems where energy production has to match the consumption load while key system parameters like temperatures and pressures through the grid have to be kept within limits. The choice of a control strategy for the grid depends on the selected key performance indicators. The scientific contribution of this paper is a(More)
Radial artery (RA) is the most popular arterial graft after the left internal thoracic artery in both low- and high-risk patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting. Various arterial grafts such as the right internal thoracic artery, the right gastroepiploic artery, and the inferior epigastric artery have also gained ground over the past 30 years(More)
Coronary artery disease was considered a male disease for many years. However, nowadays, coronary artery disease constitutes the leading cause of death in women, although there are a lot of gender-related differences regarding the presentation of acute myocardial infarction, its diagnosis, its treatment, short- and long-term mortality rates, and post-acute(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with implanted cardiac prostheses and metallic cardiovascular electronic devices is sometimes a risky procedure. Thus MRI in these patients should be performed when it is the only examination able to help with the diagnosis. Moreover the diagnostic benefit must outweigh the risks. Coronary artery stents,(More)
Vasa vasorum (VV) are microscopic vases that perfuse the vessel's wall; arteries and veins. Many recent researches support the opinion that VV have a significant role in aortic pathology. The VV, or 'the vessels of the vessels', form a network of microvessels that lie in the adventitia and penetrate the outer media of the host vessel wall. Although the(More)
Thirty to fifty percent of critically ill patients admitted to the intensive care unit suffer from generalized neuromuscular weakness due to critical illness polyneuropathy, critical illness myopathy, or a combination of them, thus prolonging mechanical ventilation and their intensive care unit stay. A distinction between these syndromes and other(More)
The software product line has emerged as a successful paradigm for offering a broad range of customer options with decreased development time and cost. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is used for architecture design and object oriented languages are used for implementation. In industrial automation, targets programmed with function block languages need(More)