Saverio Zofrea

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Pericardiectomy for post-irradiative constrictive pericarditis achieves poor results because of the extensive damage to the heart and pericardium caused by ionizing radiation. The extracellular structural protein, collagen, is responsible for the functional integrity of the myocardium and allows reversible interdigitation and the transmission of force(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to analyze surgical and endovascular results in the treatment of acute type B aortic dissection (B AAD). METHODS Retrospective and observational analysis with patient inclusion between January 2001-December 2008 and follow-up ranged from 2 to 96 months (median = 47.2) was performed. Out of 51 consecutive patients with B(More)
The "association" atrial septal aneurysm and mitral valve prolapse is often asymptomatic with an incidence of about 1% in autopsied adults. Occasionally, however, embolic phenomena can occur. The two-dimensional echocardiography allows an accurate diagnosis of these two cardiac lesions when present. In this paper the Authors report on three patients(More)
Due to the limited life expectancy and the supposed higher morbidity with complete arterial grafting, extensive arterial graft in the elderly is still questioned. It was the aim of this study to evaluate transit time flow and clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic results of elderly patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with either(More)
Various clinical investigation have shown that aprotinin therapy reduces bleeding after open-heart operations. In this study low-dose aprotinin, 30,000 KIU/kg in the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) priming volume and 7,500 KIU/kg intravenously each hour during CPB, was used in ten patients undergoing primary myocardial revascularization or surgery for valvular(More)
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