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BACKGROUND Recurrent ventricular dilatation can occur after surgical repair of a left ventricular (LV) aneurysm. Use of an autologous bioengineered muscle graft to replace resected scar tissue may prevent recurrent dilatation and improve cardiac function. METHODS Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs, 5 x 10(6) cells) from rat aortas were seeded onto(More)
BACKGROUND Although cardiac fibroma has been regarded as benign tumor, it presents various symptoms and may lead to death. Unfortunately, only a few studies have reported the epidemiology, embryology, and histopathology of the tumor, and the factors predicting poorer outcome are still obscured. METHODS In July 2011 we searched for English and Japanese(More)
OBJECTIVE We assessed potential limitations of retrograde continuous tepid blood cardioplegia (RCTBC) for myocardial remodeling, represented by hypertrophied and/or dilated myocardium in patients with severe cardiomyopathy following single aortic valve replacement. METHODS The study was conducted on 91 patients who underwent initial single aortic valve(More)
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