Povilas Jakuska

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The dosage of warfarin is restricted due to its narrow therapeutic index, so, the required dose must be adapted individually to each patient. Variations in warfarin dosage are influenced by genetic factors, the changes in patient diet, anthropometric and clinical parameters. To determine whether VKORC1 G3730A and CYP4F2 G1347A genotypes contribute to(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Recent studies have shown that, after heart valve surgery, patients may require a more precise warfarin dosage than their non-surgical counterparts. The study aim was to analyze the influence of certain clinical factors and CYP2C9 and VKORC1 gene polymorphisms on the efficacy of initiation of warfarin treatment in patients(More)
A prototype system for in vivo monitoring of the heart tissue viability by using combined measurements of fluorescence, thermography and electrical activity has been elaborated for cardiac surgery. The fluorescence imaging of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide NAD(P)H in the blue light range (lambda=467 nm) by using UV light (lambda=347 nm) excitation was(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to investigate the modulation of the contraction-relaxation effects in isolated human thoracic artery samples of three calcium-channel antagonists, amlodipine (CAS [88150-42-9]), cerebrocrast (CAS [118790-71-9]) and diltiazem (CAS [42399-41-7]), and two calcium-channel agonists, CGP 28392 (CAS [89289-93-0]) and(More)
UNLABELLED A clinical effect of warfarin depends on highly polymorphic drug-metabolizing (CYP2C9) and drug-target (VKORC1) enzymes. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of CYP2C9*2, CYP2C9*3, and VKORC1 (G-1639A) polymorphisms on the variability of warfarin dosage requirements in Lithuanian patients after heart valve replacement. (More)
Monitoring and control of the heart tissue viability is of crucial importance during heart surgery operations. In most cases the heart tissue suffers from an ischemic injury that causes a decrease in the velocity of electrical excitation propagation in it and influences the shape of the excitation wave front that spreads over the injured area. It is(More)
Thermography is a relatively new contact-free method used in experimental and clinical studies and in cardiovascular surgery to investigate the myocardium and coronary artery function. Objects of complex study included mongrel dogs and patients with coronary artery disease who underwent cardiac surgery. For active dynamic thermography, we used a(More)
The aim of study was to assess the effects of an intraoperative external head-cooling technique on cognitive dysfunction in the early postoperative period (at the 10th day) in patients after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Patients in Group H (n=25) were cooled with CPB and the intraoperative, external head-cooling technique, patients in Group(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to investigate the movement of contraction-relaxation effects on isolated human blood vessel samples by the actions of amlodipine (CAS 88150-42-9), cerebrocrast (CAS 118790-71-9), diltiazem (CAS 42399-41-7), and a benzimidazole derivative. Additionally, their effects on isometric contraction force and the duration of(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of the study was to evaluate early postoperative results of different surgical techniques of aortic root surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between January 2004 and November 2007, a cohort of 83 patients underwent aortic root surgery in the Heart Center, Hospital of Kaunas University of Medicine. Patients were divided into three groups:(More)