Rahul P. Sharma

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OBJECTIVES To investigate the influence of body mass index (BMI) on short- and midterm outcomes following transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND Although obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular mortality, numerous studies reported a beneficial effect of obesity on survival in patients with cardiovascular disease and in(More)
Compound odontoma is stated to be a hamartomatous lesion rather than a true odontogenic tumour. It has an unknown etiology and often suspected when there are retained deciduous teeth in children. Early detection and surgical enucleation of the tumour is recommended to prevent impaction of unerupted teeth. In this index case, multiple denticles or(More)
AIMS Aortic valve preparation by performing balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) has always been considered mandatory during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedures. We aimed to investigate the feasibility and safety of performing balloon-expandable TAVI with moderate or with no predilatation (PD). METHODS AND RESULTS Overall, 121 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is being increasingly performed in patients with bicuspid aortic valve stenosis (AS). OBJECTIVES This study sought to compare the procedural and clinical outcomes in patients with bicuspid versus tricuspid AS from the Bicuspid AS TAVR multicenter registry. METHODS Outcomes of 561 patients with(More)
There are limited data on the effect of baseline B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) on the outcome after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We investigated the influence of baseline BNP levels on the short-term and midterm clinical outcomes after TAVI. During a 3-year period, 780 patients with severe aortic stenosis underwent TAVI at our(More)
Implantable electrodes with high flexibility, high mechanical fixation and low electrochemical impedance are desirable for neuromuscular activation because they provide safe, effective and stable stimulation. In this paper, we report on detailed materials and electrical analyses of three metal implantable electrodes - gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and titanium(More)
T ranscatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients with pure native aortic valve regurgitation (NAVR) or failing regurgitant bioprosthetic surgical heart valves (SHVs) is a new frontier in the TAVR revolution. Each group of patients has distinct pathophysiological mechanisms to their disease process, and therefore medical management and procedural(More)
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate latent manganese toxicity in patients with biliary atresia and to use this tool to predict the prognosis of biliary atresia patients after Kasai's portoenterostomy. METHODS 14 patients who underwent Kasai's portoenterostomy between 1993 and 2005 were included in the study. Whole blood manganese(More)
* Corresponding Author: Saibal Kar, MD Cardiovascular Intervention Center Research Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Heart Institute, Los Angeles 90048, USA Tel.: +1 310 423 3977, Fax: +1 310 423 0106, Email: Saibal.Kar2@cshs.org Fax +1 203 785 3346 E-Mail: jshd@scienceinternational.org http://structuralheartdisease.org/ © 2015 Journal of Structural Heart Disease(More)
M itral regurgitation (MR) is a common valvular disorder affecting more than 2 million people in the United States (1). The etiology of MR can be divided into primary MR, caused by pathology of the valve apparatus, and secondary MR, a functional consequence of ventricular dysfunction. The clinical course of MR is generally insidious, and if left untreated,(More)