Peter M Pollak

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OBJECTIVES The aim of this paper is to describe the feasibility of a novel transcatheter approach for mitral valve replacement using only venous access. BACKGROUND Failure of mitral valve prostheses necessitating reoperation can represent a high-risk clinical scenario. Although repeat cardiac surgery remains the standard of care for most failed mitral(More)
In most cases of acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, only 1 epicardial artery contains an occluding thrombus, commonly referred to as the "culprit" artery. Rarely, however, patients present with >1 acutely thrombosed coronary artery (i.e., "multiple culprits"). The investigators present their experience with 18 patients presenting with(More)
We have designed, built and tested a novel needle for percutaneously accessing the pericardial space. The problem with accessing pericardial space is that the pericardium is against the heart. Our novel device incorporates a single spiral tine at the distal tip of a10-gauge needle, which engages the parietal pericardium tangentially to the surface of the(More)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a transformative technology for the treatment of aortic stenosis, requiring a multidisciplinary collaboration in the form of a "heart team" that includes interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. As this new technology continues to disperse rapidly, its proper therapeutic role evolves and leads to(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to examine the feasibility, safety, and intermediate-term outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous transvenous transcatheter mitral valve implantation in failed bioprosthesis, ring annuloplasty, and calcific mitral stenosis. BACKGROUND Surgical mitral valve replacement in patients with previous surgery or severe mitral(More)
Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome is an uncommon condition of positional dyspnea and hypoxemia; symptoms occur when the patient is upright and resolve with recumbency. Causes can be broadly categorized into 4 groups: intracardiac shunting, pulmonary shunting, ventilation-perfusion mismatch, or a combination of these. Platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome should be(More)
IMPORTANCE Limited data suggest that von Willebrand factor (VWF) abnormalities may accompany the high-shear state associated with prosthetic valve dysfunction. If true, laboratory testing could add value in quantifying prosthesis dysfunction and could suggest a pathophysiological explanation for acquired bleeding in some patients. OBJECTIVES To determine(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study is to provide a summary of the currently applied aortic paravalvular leak (PVL) closure techniques and describe the procedural and long-term outcomes in a large consecutive cohort of patients. BACKGROUND Percutaneous repair has emerged as an effective therapy for patients with PVL. To date, clinical outcome data on(More)