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OBJECTIVES Fat microemboli are generated during cardiac surgery that are associated with post-operative organ injury. Recently, a fat removal filter has been developed, based on a polyester leukocyte depletion filter. However, the efficacy of such a filter in a clinical setting is unknown. In this study we tested the efficacy of this filter. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Despite continuous improvements in materials and perfusion techniques, cardiac surgery still causes lung injury and a delay of pulmonary recovery. Currently, there is no gold standard for quantifying cardiac surgery induced lung injury and dysfunction. Adding objective measures, such as plasma biomarkers, could be of great use here. In this study(More)
OBJECTIVE The bio-incompatibility of the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit and the use of artificial colloids trigger massive defense reaction that involves endothelial cells and several blood cells: platelets, neutrophils, monocytes, red blood cells (RBC) and lymphocytes. Investigating the effects on RBC aggregation and endothelial cells activation, the(More)
Antihypertensives have been linked to new-onset diabetes (NOD) and different classes of antihypertensives may alter the risk for the development of NOD; however, the effect of different antihypertensives on the development of NOD in women with hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD) has not been well studied. The purpose of this study is to(More)
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