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The aim of the study was to investigate the multi-factorial phenomenon of possible postoperative thrombocytopenia after aortic valve replacement (AVR) with the freedom SOLO (FS) bioprosthesis. A total of 254 patients underwent AVR with FS bioprosthesis in two cardiac surgery institutes. Platelet counts were measured preoperatively, immediately(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Heart valve surgery in high-risk patients is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Epidural anesthesia without mechanical ventilation has been proposed to reduce invasiveness. An analysis was conducted in very high-risk heart valve patients of mid-term survival free from complications, and patient satisfaction(More)
The case is reported of a patient who underwent cardiac surgery for pulmonary valve stenosis as a child, and presented as an adult with signs and symptoms of severe congestive heart failure. The left ventricle showed an increased trabecular pattern in the region of the apex, the mitral annulus was severely dilated with mitral incompetence, the right(More)
OBJECTIVES Diabetes negatively affects the outcome of patients undergoing percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary surgery. However, data are lacking with respect to the impact of arterial revascularization in the diabetic population. METHODS Between 1999 and 2003, 100 of 491 diabetics underwent coronary artery bypass graft(More)
A recent revival in the use of the radial artery for bypass surgery stimulated the development of minimally invasive harvesting techniques since the endoscopic approach has several advantages when compared to the open technique. A novel nanoscale radiofrequency-controlled device has been recently introduced in the surgical armamentarium as a vesselsealing(More)
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