Salah Eldien I Altarabsheh

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BACKGROUND Anti-platelet therapy is an important component of medical therapy post coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). While aspirin administration is a Class I indication after CABG, the benefit of concomitant clopidogrel is a controversial issue. METHODS We searched OVID Medline, Cochrane, Scopus, and EMBASE for randomized control trials and(More)
INTRODUCTION Levosimendan is implemented in patients with low cardiac output after cardiac surgery. However, the strength of evidence is limited by randomized controlled trials enrolling a small number of patients. Hence we have conducted a systematic review to determine the role of levosimendan in adult cardiac surgery. METHODS PUBMED, WoS, Cochrane(More)
BACKGROUND We compared early adverse events and midterm survival between primary coronary artery bypass grafting (pCABG) and CABG in patients with percutaneous intervention (secondary CABG, sCABG) because data on this topic are very limited. METHODS A systematic review of published literature was done to obtain original studies fulfilling the search(More)
Statin therapy has demonstrated a beneficial effect in patients with chronic heart failure. While the majority of patients with ischaemic cardiomyopathy are prescribed these drugs, studies have demonstrated that less than one fifth of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy are on regular statin therapy. We have performed a meta-analysis of 4500 patients from(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (mAVR) is increasingly preferred over conventional AVR (cAVR). However, data comparing these procedures present conflicting results. Hence, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis comparing clinical results in these cohorts. METHOD Only randomized controlled trials (RCT) and(More)
BACKGROUND Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an important cause of heart failure in children, but there are limited data addressing outcome of myectomy in children. Our objective was to evaluate the early and late results of septal myectomy in pediatric HCM. METHODS We reviewed 127 consecutive patients (62% male) who underwent transaortic(More)
BACKGROUND Data comparing results of off-pump and conventional operations in octogenarians is very limited. Thus we chose to compare early adverse events between off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) and on-pump CABG (ONCABG) in patients older than 80 years. METHODS Systematic review of multiple databases was performed to obtain original(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary artery bypass graft surgery is superior to percutaneous intervention in diabetic patients with multivessel disease. The use of bilateral internal thoracic arteries (BITA) may provide better long-term graft patency, but the risk of postoperative deep sternal wound infection has limited its use in diabetic patients. However, studies have(More)
BACKGROUND Hepato-renal function is a valuable predictor of success after left ventricular assist device therapy and heart transplantation. Hence, we analyzed the importance of the Model for End-stage Liver Disease excluding international normalized ratio (MELD-XI) score to outcomes after heart transplant. METHODS Adults undergoing heart transplant from(More)
INTRODUCTION Data regarding the long-term clinical effects of a continuous flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) on hepato-renal function is limited. Hence our aim was to assess changes in hepato-renal function over a one-year period in patients supported on a CF-LVAD. METHODS During the study period 126 patients underwent CF-LVAD implant. Changes(More)