Stéphanie Passefort

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BACKGROUND Preoperative coronary angiography (CA) is recommended in patients with acute aortic valve infective endocarditis (AV-IE) and high cardiovascular risk profile but the level of evidence is low and its potential interest may be counterbalanced by the risk of dislodgement of vegetations and contrast-induced nephropathy. OBJECTIVE To review the use,(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Recent data have shown that aortic valve stenosis (AS) is an active and highly regulated process which shares similarities with atherosclerosis. However, AS cannot be considered as a purely atherosclerotic phenomenon, and a hypercholesterolemic rabbit model might not be fully representative of human AS pathophysiology. (More)
Previous studies have described remodelling of the extracellular substratum by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in aortic valves. However, involvement of the fibrinolytic system has not yet been analysed. We hypothesized that plasminogen and plasminogen activator(s) are present in aortic valves and that plasminogen activation could induce the degradation of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Aortic stenosis, the most frequent valvulopathy in the Western world, is characterized by an important extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and a process of calcification in the aortic valves. One physiopathological assumption is that transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) acts through ECM remodeling and plays a role(More)
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