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OBJECTIVES To compare the long-term outcomes of endovascular repair (EVAR) versus open repair for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). DESIGN We retrospectively reviewed consecutive AAA patients treated with EVAR (n = 89) or open repair (n = 136) from January 1998 to December 2008. RESULTS More patients in the open repair group had a longer duration of(More)
Background The optimal management of patients with concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD) and severe carotid artery stenosis remains a controversy. We performed a systematic review of studies comparing early outcomes of synchronous or staged carotid artery stenting (CAS) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in the treatment of patients with(More)
Apelin is an adipokine that has a critical role in the development of atherosclerosis, which may offer potential for therapy. Because migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a key event in the development of atherosclerosis, understanding its effect on the atherosclerotic vasculature is needed. Here we investigated the effect of apelin on VSMC(More)
A 45-year-old female suffered from increasing dyspnea during exercise and edema of lower extremities from January 2000. She had undergone mitral valve replacement with Starr-Edwards ball prosthesis (model 6320) due to mitral valve regurgitation 25 years ago. The cardiac catheterization and echocardiography documented mitral, aortic and tricuspid valves(More)
BACKGROUND Drug-eluting balloon (DEB) and drug-eluting stent (DES) have been proposed for the treatment of infrapopliteal artery disease. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of the current available studies investigating outcomes of DEB and DES in the treatment of infrapopliteal artery disease. METHODS Multiple databases were systematically(More)
BACKGROUND Limitations of endovascular thoracic aneurysm treatment include small, tortuous, or severely calcified iliac arteries. We present our experience with a total laparoscopic access to deploy thoracic endografts. METHODS A total laparoscopic left retrocolic approach was used in all cases. A Dacron conduit was laparoscopically sutured to either the(More)
We report a case of pulmonary squamous cell carcinoma complicated with a tumor thrombus in the left atrium. The left atrial tumor thrombus, together with the left lower lobe, was removed via complete video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), with cardiopulmonary bypass standby. The patient recovered well from surgery, received four cycles of(More)
It is difficult to manage tributary varicose veins with endovenous laser ablation. Using the intravenous catheter-guided laser fiber to ablate the tributary varicose veins has been proposed. From April 2004 to December 2009, we randomly assigned 134 patients with 170 limbs for laser therapy, of which, 89 limbs in 74 patients were treated with laser(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of carotid artery stenosis (CAS) in Chinese patients with angina pectoris is unknown. METHODS The study population consisted of 989 consecutive patients who were scheduled to undergo nonemergent coronary angiography for suspicion of coronary artery disease (CAD) because of angina pectoris between January 2013 and December 2014.(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize clinical experience of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in treating severe carotid stenosis. METHODS Between October 1998 and January 2010, 215 patients with carotid stenosis were treated with CEA. There were 140 males and 75 females with an average age of 66 years (range, 51-88 years). Transient ischemic attack (TIA) occurred in 127(More)