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AIMS To determine the strength of evidence for preoperative statin use for prevention of adverse postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS After literature search in major databases, 19 studies were identified [three RCT (randomized prospective clinical trials), 16 observational] that reported outcomes of 31 725(More)
In this case we illustrate our experience with transapical minimal invasive aortic valve replacement in a patient who previously underwent mitral valve replacement. The implantation did not interfere with the existing prosthesis and could even be used as a further landmark, helping height positioning of the aortic valve.
OBJECTIVES The aim of this retrospective study was to assess pre- and intraoperative factors leading to neurological complications and early death following repair of acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD). METHODS There were 122 patients (85 male, age: 58.6 ± 12.5 years) with ATAAD, treated consecutively from August 2003 to August 2010. Pre- and(More)
BACKGROUND This study explored the impact of an interval of hypothermic circulatory arrest (HCA) preceding selective cerebral perfusion (SCP) on cerebral physiology and outcome. This protocol allows use of SCP during aortic surgery without the threat of embolization inherent in balloon catheterization of often severely atherosclerotic cerebral vessels. (More)
OBJECTIVE Hypothermic selective cerebral perfusion (SCP) is widely used for cerebral protection during aortic arch surgery, but the effect of the absence of systemic perfusion on cerebrovascular dynamics it has never been established. This study explored the physiology of prolonged SCP compared to hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass (HCPB) in pigs. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVES A single-center observational study was initialized to evaluate the feasibility of rapid deployment aortic valve replacement using the Edwards Intuity valve system (Edwards Lifesciences Corp, Irvine, Calif) in a minimally invasive setting. A total of 60 implantations have been performed at the Ruhr University Hospital Bergmannsheil using a(More)
In this case report we illustrate our experience with a perforation of the pulmonary trunk during a transapical aortic valve implantation in a single case. The patient suffered from an aortic valve stenosis and was accepted for a minimally invasive procedure because of multiple comorbidities. After unproblematic transapical placement of the aortic valve, a(More)
Ablation outcomes were investigated in patients with and without statin pretreatment before cardiac surgery with concomitant surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). A prospective cohort study was performed containing 149 patients (n=73 statin group vs. n=76 control group) undergoing on-pump cardiac procedures with surgical ablation for paroxysmal or(More)
BACKGROUND The new technique of minimally invasive transapical aortic valve implantation (TAP-AVI) deals with high-risk patients and despite the absence of cardiopulmonary bypass it might lead to renal impairment. The aim of this study was to estimate the risk of the development of acute kidney injury (AKI) after TAP-AVI and to identify possible risk(More)