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OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence, clinical presentation, therapeutic management and medium-term prognosis of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). METHODS Over a 5-year period, and out of a cath-lab database of 11,605 files, 23 cases of SCAD were confirmed by re-analysis of angiograms. Therapeutic management and in-hospital outcome were(More)
OBJECTIVE We suggest standardizing aortic valve repair using a physiologic approach by associating root remodeling with resuspension of the cusp effective height and external subvalvular aortic ring annuloplasty. METHODS A total of 187 patients underwent remodeling associated with subvalvular aortic ring annuloplasty (14 centers, 24 surgeons). Three(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY  Postoperative pericardial effusion is frequent and can be complicated by cardiac tamponade. Although the different drainage techniques are well described in the setting of medical effusion, there is not a standard postoperative effusion treatment. The aim of this work was to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of the(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate the effect of home-based exercise training on exercise tolerance, muscle function and quality of life in lung transplant recipients (LTR). METHODS Twelve LTR and 7 age-matched healthy subjects underwent exercise training (ET, 12-wk, 3×/wk, 40 min). Peak aerobic capacity VO2peak, endurance time (T(end)), minute ventilation (VE)(More)
BACKGROUND Total arterial and off-pump revascularization are increasingly used in coronary artery bypass grafting. This study describes our experience with the exclusive use of both left internal thoracic artery and gastroepiploic artery by means of a median sternotomy, with and without cardiopulmonary bypass, in a subgroup of patients with two-vessel(More)
Mechanisms responsible for limitation of exercise capacity in lung transplant recipients (LR) and benefits gained by exercise training were studied. Mitochondrial respiration parameters, energy transfer, and cell structure were assessed in vastus lateralis biopsies using the permeabilized fiber technique with histochemical and morphometric measurements.(More)
OBJECTIVE The study objective was to compare the 30-day outcomes of a standardized aortic valve repair technique (REPAIR group) associating root remodeling with an expansible aortic ring annuloplasty versus mechanical composite valve and graft (CVG group) replacement in treating aortic root aneurysms. METHODS A total of 261 consecutive patients with(More)
Surgical treatment of type A acute aortic dissection remains a challenge, especially in elderly patients or in patients with a critical preoperative status. We have retrospectively assessed our series over a 15-year period starting in 1990, including patients operated under cardiac massage for preoperative cardiac arrest occurring in the operating room.(More)
PURPOSE To report initial experience with endovascular stent-grafting in aortic intramural hematoma (IMH). MATERIALS AND METHODS From 2000 to 2006, 15 patients (mean age, 67 years; range, 54-83 y) underwent endovascular treatment of aortic IMH. Thirteen patients were admitted for acute aortic syndrome and two for traumatic aortic injury. An endovascular(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare surgical and endovascular stent graft (ESG) treatment of blunt thoracic aortic injury (BAI) in the emergency setting. DESIGN AND SETTING Retrospective case control study in two surgical intensive care units of a university hospital. PATIENTS 30 patients who presented with BAI between 1995 and 2005: 17 treated surgically and 13 by(More)