Shengqiang Gao

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Clinically, the current transcatheter aortic valve (TAV) technology has shown a propensity for paravalvular leakage; studies have correlated this flaw to increased calcification at the implantation site and with nonideal geometry of the stented valve. The present study evaluated the hydrodynamics of different geometric configurations, in particular the(More)
We recently identified a novel family of oxidized choline glycerophospholipid (oxPC) molecular species enriched in atheroma that serve as endogenous ligands for the scavenger receptor CD36 (oxPC(CD36)), facilitating macrophage cholesterol accumulation and foam cell formation (Podrez, E. A., Poliakov, E., Shen, Z., et al. (2002) J. Biol. Chem. 277,(More)
Myeloperoxidase (MPO) and paraoxonase 1 (PON1) are high-density lipoprotein-associated (HDL-associated) proteins mechanistically linked to inflammation, oxidant stress, and atherosclerosis. MPO is a source of ROS during inflammation and can oxidize apolipoprotein A1 (APOA1) of HDL, impairing its atheroprotective functions. In contrast, PON1 fosters systemic(More)
OBJECTIVE The Cleveland Clinic continuous-flow total artificial heart (CFTAH) is a compact, single-piece, valveless, pulsatile pump providing self-regulated hemodynamic output to left/right circulation. We evaluated chronic in vivo pump performance, physiologic and hemodynamic parameters, and biocompatibility of the CFTAH in a well-established calf model.(More)
Successful implantation of a total artificial heart relies on multiple standardized procedures, primarily the resection of the native heart, and exacting preparation of the atrial and vascular conduits for pump implant and activation. Achieving secure pump connections to inflow/outflow conduits is critical to a successful outcome. During the connection(More)
PURPOSE This study evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of a newly developed adjustable left ventricular assist device inflow cannula in a short-term calf model. DESCRIPTION In this inflow cannula, the angle between the cannula body and the inflow cannula tip can be altered extracorporeally by manipulating 2 externalized cables connected to the cannula.(More)
BACKGROUND Cerebrospinal fluid diversion through lumbar drainage catheters is a routine procedure that is used in a variety of clinical applications. Fracture of catheters during insertion or removal may result in retained foreign bodies that may lead to patient morbidity with potential legal ramifications. Fracture resistance is an important component of(More)
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