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OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the association of etiology of constrictive pericarditis (CP), pericardial calcification (CA), and other clinical variables with long-term survival after pericardiectomy. BACKGROUND Constrictive pericarditis is the result of a spectrum of primary cardiac and noncardiac conditions. Few data exist on the cause-specific(More)
BACKGROUND To compare survival of patients receiving bilateral internal thoracic artery grafts and single internal thoracic artery grafts more than 20 postoperative years, assess magnitude of benefit, and identify predictors of benefit. METHODS From cohorts of 8123 patients receiving single internal thoracic artery grafts and 2001 receiving bilateral(More)
OBJECTIVE Does the use of bilateral internal thoracic artery (ITA) grafts provide incremental benefit relative to the use of a single ITA graft? METHODS We conducted a retrospective, nonrandomized, long-term (mean follow-up interval of 10 postoperative years) study of patients undergoing elective primary isolated coronary bypass surgery who received(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of systemic inflammation determined by elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP) has been associated with persistence of atrial fibrillation (AF). The relationship between CRP and prediction of AF has not been studied in a large population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS CRP measurement and cardiovascular assessment were performed(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to compare saphenous vein and internal thoracic artery graft patency by coronary system. METHODS From 1972 to 1999, 50,278 patients underwent primary coronary surgery; subsequently, 4,333 had angiography of 2,121 internal thoracic artery and 8,733 saphenous vein grafts. Longitudinal analysis was used to model graft occlusion and(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare hospital outcomes of on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. METHODS From 1997 to 2000, primary coronary artery bypass grafting was performed in 481 patients off pump and in 3231 patients on pump. Hospital outcomes were compared between propensity-matched pairs of 406 on-pump and 406 off-pump patients. The 2 groups were(More)
OBJECTIVE To (1) characterize atrial fibrillation complicating lung cancer resection, (2) evaluate its temporal relationship to other postoperative complications, and (3) assess its economics. METHODS From January 1998 to August 2002, 604 patients underwent anatomic lung cancer resection. Atrial fibrillation prevalence, onset, and temporal associations(More)
OBJECTIVE The study objective was to identify characteristics differentiating patients undergoing valve replacement versus valve repair for degenerative mitral valve disease and to use this information to compare survival and reoperation after each procedure. METHODS From 1985 to 2005, 3286 patients underwent isolated primary operation for degenerative(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with a recent episode of non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome before CABG have higher rates of operative morbidity and mortality than patients with stable coronary syndromes. The efficacy of administering eptifibatide to these patients undergoing in-hospital CABG is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS The Platelet Glycoprotein(More)
OBJECTIVE Multiple reports demonstrate that off-pump surgery reduces the early morbidity associated with coronary artery bypass grafting. To determine if there are any differences in later outcomes, we compared midterm results of propensity-matched patients who underwent off- and on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. METHODS From January 1997 to July(More)