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AIMS This article summarizes all available published data with respect to clinical success, complications, and outcomes of endovascular stent-graft placement among patients with descending aortic dissection (AD). METHODS AND RESULTS We performed a meta-analysis of all published series on retrograde endovascular stent-graft placement encompassing >or=3(More)
BACKGROUND A possible relationship between increased perioperative risk during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and previous percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is debatable. We sought to determine the impact of previous PCI on patient outcome after elective CABG. METHODS AND RESULTS Between January 2000 and January 2005, 2626 consecutive(More)
OBJECTIVE Myocardial inflammatory response including complement activation was demonstrated as an important mechanism of ischemia-reperfusion injury and complement inhibition by C1-esterase inhibitor (C1-INH) has recently shown to have cardioprotective effects in experimental and clinical settings. METHODS The effects of C1-INH on complement activation,(More)
AIMS The rise of markers for myocardial injury indicates early graft-related or non-graft-related perioperative myocardial infarction (PMI) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). A diagnostic discrimination between these two situations may enable adequate therapeutic measures, limiting myocardial damage, and improving outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) remains a problem after open heart surgery. Recently, we reported about a retrospectively performed study pointing out that sepsis, the application of higher amounts of catecholamines and intervention such as chronic venovenous hemodiafiltration may be involved in the onset of CIP. A prospectively performed(More)
OBJECTIVE Critical illness polyneuropathy (CIP) is a newly described severe complication after open heart surgery leading to tetraplegia for weeks to months. The purpose of the study was to gather further information on critical illness polyneuropathy developing in patients after cardiac surgery and to evaluate the hypothetical risk factors possibly related(More)
PURPOSE To report the incidence and management of aortoesophageal fistula (AEF) secondary to endovascular stent-graft repair of the descending thoracic aorta. METHODS A retrospective review was conducted of patients treated at our facility between July 1999 and June 2003. During this interval, 60 patients (46 men; average age 66+/-10 years) underwent(More)
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW To summarize the current clinical experience with endovascular stent-graft repair in patients presenting with penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer of the descending thoracic aorta. RECENT FINDINGS Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer is increasingly acknowledged as a pathologic variant of classic false lumen aortic dissection with a high(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess perioperative outcomes and blood pressure (BP) responses to an implantable carotid sinus baroreflex activating system being investigated for the treatment of resistant hypertension. METHODS We report on the first seventeen patients enrolled in a multicenter study. Bilateral perivascular carotid sinus electrodes (CSL) and a pulse(More)