Sophie C Hofferberth

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BACKGROUND & AIMS Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects up to 30% of the population and signifies increased risk of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Therapies are limited. Weight loss is of benefit but is difficult to maintain. We aimed at examining the effect of the Mediterranean diet (MD), a diet high(More)
BACKGROUND We reported the outcomes of a single-institution experience using video-assisted thoracoscopic left cardiac sympathetic denervation as an adjunctive therapeutic technique in pediatric and young adult patients with life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. METHODS We conducted a retrospective clinical review of all patients who underwent left(More)
We describe the loading of laser-cooled rubidium atoms into a single-mode hollow-core photonic-crystal fiber. Inside the fiber, the atoms are confined by a far-detuned optical trap and probed by a weak resonant beam. We describe different loading methods and compare their trade-offs in terms of implementation complexity and atom-loading efficiency. The most(More)
BACKGROUND Undiagnosed glycometabolic dysfunction is prominent amongst nondiabetic cardiac surgical patients, whereas perioperative dysglycemia is associated with adverse outcomes. This study assessed whether the preoperative level of insulin resistance predicts the degree of perioperative dysglycemia in nondiabetic, normoglycemic cardiac surgical patients.(More)
Nanotechnology is an emerging field with potential as an adjunct to cancer therapy, particularly thoracic surgery. Therapy can be delivered to tumors in a more targeted fashion, with less systemic toxicity. Nanoparticles may aid in diagnosis, preoperative characterization, and intraoperative localization of thoracic tumors and their lymphatics. Focused(More)
OBJECTIVES The present study compared the outcomes between combined proximal descending aortic endografting plus distal bare metal stenting and conventional proximal descending aortic stent-graft repair in patients with type A and type B aortic dissection. METHODS From January 2003 to December 2010, 63 patients underwent endovascular treatment for acute(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study compared the outcomes between conventional surgery and the hybrid approach of proximal surgery with adjunctive retrograde descending aortic endografting plus distal bare metal stenting in acute DeBakey type I dissection. METHODS From 2003 to 2011, 61 patients underwent surgical management for acute type A aortic dissection at(More)
PURPOSE To report the use of a technique (AFTER: aortic false lumen thrombosis induction by embolotherapy) to achieve false lumen (FL) thrombosis and aortic remodeling in patients with residual FL patency after initial endovascular repair of aortic dissection. METHODS Between January 2003 and January 2010, 31 patients underwent staged total aortic and(More)
OBJECTIVE(S) To assess the impact of univentricular versus biventricular pacing (BiVP) on systemic ventricular function in patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA). METHODS We performed a retrospective review of all patients with a diagnosis of ccTGA who underwent pacemaker insertion. From 1993 to 2014, 53 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Established endovascular treatments for aortic dissection often result in incomplete aortic repair, potentially leading to late complications involving the distal aorta. To address the problems of incomplete true lumen reconstitution and late aneurysmal change, we report the midterm results of combined proximal endografting with distal true lumen(More)