W Blake Ford

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Tryptamine increases blood pressure by vasoconstriction, but little is known about its actions on the mesentery, in particular the resistance arteries. Tryptamine interacts with trace amine-associated receptors (TAARs) and because of its structural similarity to 5-HT, it may also interact with 5-HT receptors. Our hypothesis is(More)
Despite widespread success with Gore-Tex (polytetrafluoroethylene) vascular grafts in peripheral artery operations, very little use has been made of this material in aortocoronary bypasses. We present the case of a 61-year-old woman with a 6-month history of angina who was found to have no suitable saphenous vein available at operation and who therefore(More)
A continuous series of 2,135 cardiac surgical procedures performed with a median sternotomy is reviewed. Standard closure with steel wire was used in 1,650 patients, and a new technique with Mersilene tape was used with 485. The rate of sternal dehiscence was 2.4% among those having wire closure, and there were no instances of dehiscence among the 485(More)