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  1. Research article

    Assessment of the effect of left atrial cryoablation enhanced by ganglionated plexi ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients undergoing open heart surgery

    The aim of our study was to investigate, whether enhancement of left atrial cryoablation by ablation of the autonomic nervous system of left atrium leads to influencing the outcomes of surgical treatment of at...

    Jiří Bárta and Radim Brát

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:69

    Published on: 17 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Enumeration of circulating endothelial cell frequency as a diagnostic marker in aortic valve surgery - a flow cytometric approach

    The frequency of circulating endothelial cells (CEC) in patients’ peripheral blood can be assessed as a direct marker of endothelial damage. However, conventional enumeration methods are extremely challenging....

    Anton Sabashnikov, Klaus Neef, Vera Chesnokova, Leonie Wegener, Kathrin Godthardt, Maximilian Scherner, Elmar W. Kuhn, Antje-Christin Deppe, Meike Lauer, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Mohamed Zeriouh, Parwis B. Rahmanian, Jens Wippermann, Ferdinand Kuhn-Régnier, Navid Madershahian, Thorsten Wahlers…

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:68

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  3. Research article

    30-year experience of Fontan surgery: single-centre’s data

    The Fontan procedure has been modified several times since it was introduced into practice in 1968. As many patients now survive to adulthood, attention is directed towards their clinical status and late morbi...

    Laurynas Bezuska, Virgilijus Lebetkevicius, Rita Sudikiene, Daina Liekiene and Virgilijus Tarutis

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:67

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  4. Case report

    Life-threatening subdural hematoma after aortic valve replacement in a patient with Heyde syndrome: a case report

    Heyde syndrome is known as a triad of calcific aortic stenosis, anemia due to gastrointestinal bleeding from angiodysplasia, and acquired type 2A von Willebrand disease. This acquired hemorrhagic disorder is c...

    Tetsuro Uchida, Azumi Hamasaki, Eiichi Ohba, Atsushi Yamashita, Jun Hayashi and Mitsuaki Sadahiro

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:65

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Late outcome of surgical radiofrequency ablation for persistent valvular atrial fibrillation in China: a single-center study

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) adversely affects surgical outcomes of cardiac valve surgery. Surgical ablation is an effective way to treat valvular AF. The aim of this study was to evaluate the late outcome of surg...

    Hailong Cao, Yunxing Xue, Qing Zhou, Minggang Yu, Chenbin Tang and Dongjin Wang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:63

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Influence of Staphylococcus aureus on Outcomes after Valvular Surgery for Infective Endocarditis

    As Staphylococcus aureus (SA) remains one of the leading cause of infective endocarditis (IE), this study evaluates whether S. aureus is associated with more severe infections or worsened outcomes compared to non...

    Sang Myung Han, Robert A. Sorabella, Sowmya Vasan, Mark Grbic, Daniel Lambert, Rahul Prasad, Catherine Wang, Paul Kurlansky, Michael A. Borger, Rachel Gordon and Isaac George

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:57

    Published on: 20 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Xenoantigenicity of porcine decellularized valves

    The xenoantigenicity of porcine bioprosthetic valves is implicated as an etiology leading to calcification and subsequent valve failure. Decellularization of porcine valves theoretically could erase the antige...

    Meghana R. K. Helder, Nicholas J. Stoyles, Brandon J. Tefft, Ryan S. Hennessy, Rebecca R. C. Hennessy, Roy Dyer, Tyra Witt, Robert D. Simari and Amir Lerman

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:56

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory cardiogenic shock after adult cardiac surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS) refractory to inotropic support and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) occurs rarely but is almost universally fatal without mechanical circulatory support. In this system...

    Maziar Khorsandi, Scott Dougherty, Omar Bouamra, Vasudev Pai, Philip Curry, Steven Tsui, Stephen Clark, Stephen Westaby, Nawwar Al-Attar and Vipin Zamvar

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:55

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  9. Research article

    Smoking and timing of cessation on postoperative pulmonary complications after curative-intent lung cancer surgery

    Smoking is a risk factor for postoperative pulmonary complications (PPC) following non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) surgery. The optimal timing for preoperative smoking cessation has not been identified. Our...

    Sebastian T. Lugg, Theofano Tikka, Paula J. Agostini, Amy Kerr, Kerry Adams, Maninder S. Kalkat, Richard S. Steyn, Pala B. Rajesh, Ehab Bishay, David R. Thickett and Babu Naidu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:52

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  10. Case report

    Pitfalls in TAMVI: experience with the repositionable Lotus® Valve System

    Simultaneous transapical implantation of transcatheter heart valves in the native mitral and aortic position may be considered as an alternative to surgical valve replacement in high-risk patients presenting w...

    Paul P. Heinisch, Fabien Praz, Bernhard Winkler, Stephan Windecker, Christoph Huber and Thierry Carrel

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:47

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  11. Research article

    Minimally access via left anterior mini-thoracotomy for repair of adult subarterial ventricular septal defects

    Minimally invasive cardiac surgical techniques are increasingly applied in the treatment and management of a variety of adult ventricular septal defects (VSDs). However, repair of adult subarterial VSDs via le...

    YunFei Liao, Xiang Long, ShuQiang Zhu, Jun Tu, Hua Wen, JianJun Xu and YongBing Wu

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:48

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Consumption coagulopathy in acute aortic dissection: principles of management

    The effect of acute aortic dissection itself on coagulopathy or surgery-related coagulopathy has never been specifically studied. The aim of the present study was to perioperatively describe consumption coagul...

    Yuyong Liu, Lu Han, Jiachen Li, Ming Gong, Hongjia Zhang and Xinliang Guan

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:50

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  13. Research article

    A propensity matched analysis of outcomes and long term survival in stented versus stentless valves

    To compare the perioperative and long term survival after aortic valve replacement using stentless versus stented valves in a large cohort of patients grouped using propensity score matching.

    Blake N. Shultz, Tomasz Timek, Alan T. Davis, John Heiser, Edward Murphy, Charles Willekes and Robert Hooker

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:45

    Published on: 31 May 2017

  14. Research article

    Surgical and survival outcomes of lung cancer patients with intratumoral lung abscesses

    Intratumoral lung abscess is a secondary lung abscess that is considered to be fatal. Therefore, surgical procedures, although high-risk, have sometimes been performed for intratumoral lung abscesses. However,...

    Keiji Yamanashi, Norihito Okumura, Ayuko Takahashi, Takashi Nakashima and Tomoaki Matsuoka

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:44

    Published on: 26 May 2017

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