Heparin-coated extracorporeal circulation systems in heart surgery.

  title={Heparin-coated extracorporeal circulation systems in heart surgery.},
  author={Georgios I. Tagarakis and Nikolaos B. Tsilimingas},
  journal={Recent patents on cardiovascular drug discovery},
  volume={4 3},
Despite the progress accomplished in the field of off-pump heart surgery, the vast majority of cardiac operations are still performed with the use of extracorporeal circulation, otherwise known as "heart-lung machine." This valuable tool, however, is connected with various complications, partly deriving from the application of intravenous heparin, necessary… CONTINUE READING