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  1. Research article

    Right ventricular functional analysis utilizing first pass radionuclide angiography for pre-operative ventricular assist device planning: a multi-modality comparison

    Advanced heart failure treated with a left ventricular assist device is associated with a higher risk of right heart failure. Many advanced heart failures patients are treated with an ICD, a relative contraind...

    Ryan Avery, Kevin Day, Clinton Jokerst, Toshinobu Kazui, Elizabeth Krupinski and Zain Khalpey

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:89

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Impact of severe left ventricular dysfunction on in-hospital and mid-term outcomes of Chinese patients undergoing first isolated off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting

    Few studies focused on evaluating the impacts of preoperative severe left ventricular dysfunction on clinical outcomes of patients undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (OPCAB). This sing...

    Qiang Ji, Li Min Xia, Yun Qing Shi, Run Hua Ma, Jin Qiang Shen, Wen Jun Ding and Chun Sheng Wang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:87

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  3. Research article

    Impact of prosthesis-patient mismatch after mitral valve replacement in rheumatic population: Does mitral position prosthesis-patient mismatch really exist?

    Prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) is characterised by the effects of inadequate prosthesis size relative to body surface area (BSA).The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of PPM on late clinical...

    Seung Hyun Lee, Byung Chul Chang, Young-Nam Youn, Hyun Chel Joo, Kyung-Jong Yoo and Sak Lee

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:88

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  4. Research article

    Surgical repair and reconstruction of aortic arch in debakey type I aortic dissection: recent advances and single-center experience in the application of branched stent graft

    Aortic dissection (AD) represents a clinically uncommon aortic pathology which predicts a dismal prognosis if not promptly treated. In acute Debakey type I AD (ADIAD), aortic lesion extends from aortic root to...

    Qian Zhang, Xiaochun Ma, Wenlong Zhang, Zhengjun Wang, Haizhou Zhang, Xiaofeng Zhang, Jian Song and Chengwei Zou

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:86

    Published on: 3 October 2017

  5. Research article

    Right anterolateral thoracotomy: an attractive alternative to repeat sternotomy for high-risk patients undergoing reoperative mitral and tricuspid valve surgery

    Reoperative cardiac valve surgery via sternotomy is associated with a substantial morbidity and mortality. This study evaluated the right anterolateral thoracotomy for high-risk patients undergoing mitral and ...

    Hailong Cao, Qing Zhou, Fudong Fan, Yunxing Xue, Jun Pan and Dongjin Wang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:85

    Published on: 21 September 2017

  6. Commentary

    The Zamvar pericardial fold

    This paper describes a pericardial fold that has not yet been mentioned in the Anatomy or Surgery literature.

    Vipin Zamvar

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:84

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  7. Case report

    Unexpected collateral impact after out of hospital resuscitation using LUCAS system

    Mechanical chest compression using a piston device during reanimation is often the only way to ensure stable chest compression at a constant rate and force. However, its use can be associated with severe fract...

    Jasmin Hasmik Shahinian, Jonas Quitt, Mark Wiese, Friedrich Eckstein and Oliver Reuthebuch

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:81

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  8. Case report

    A dual therapy of off-pump temporary left ventricular extracorporeal device and amniotic stem cell for cardiogenic shock

    Temporary mechanical circulatory support device without sternotomy has been highly advocated for severe cardiogenic shock patient but little is known when coupled with amniotic stem cell therapy.

    Toshinobu Kazui, Phat L. Tran, Tia R. Pilikian, Katie M. Marsh, Raymond Runyan, John Konhilas, Richard Smith and Zain I. Khalpey

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:80

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  9. Research article

    Transfemoral versus transapical approach for transcatheter aortic valve implantation: hospital outcome and risk factor analysis.

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is indicated in high-risk patients with aortic stenosis. We compared the clinical outcome of 180 consecutive patients who underwent transapical (TA) and transfemoral (TF...

    Enrico Ferrari, Eric Eeckhout, Sanjiv Keller, Olivier Muller, Piergiorgio Tozzi, Denis Berdajs and Ludwig Karl von Segesser

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:78

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  10. Case report

    Left atrial myxoma complicated with multi-system embolization

    Atrial myxoma accounts for approximately 50% of all cardiac tumors. The majority of myxomas are located in the left atrium and present variable clinical manifestation.

    Ren-Dan Zhang, Zhi-Huan Zeng, Jian-Yi Zheng, Tu-Di Li, Yan-Qun Zhao, Yu-Hong Liu and Yu-Si Yao

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:76

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  11. Case report

    Modified ‘candy-plug’ technique for chronic type B aortic dissection with aneurysmal dilatation: a case report

    The original ‘candy-plug’ technique has been reported to be beneficial for the treatment of residual perfused false lumen in patients with aortic dissection. However, this technique is also associated with sev...

    Sohsyu Kotani, Yoshito Inoue, Mio Kasai, Satoru Suzuki and Takashi Hachiya

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:77

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  12. Research article

    The effect of preoperative liver dysfunction on cardiac surgery outcomes

    To determine the impact of preoperative Liver Dysfunction (LD) on outcomes after elective Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) and Valvular surgery (VS).

    Luiz Araujo, Viktor Dombrovskiy, Wali Kamran, Ashleigh Lemaire, Antonio Chiricolo, Leonard Y. Lee and Anthony Lemaire

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:73

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  13. Research article

    Midterm follow-up of transthoracic device closure of an atrial septal defect using the very large domestic occluder (44–48 mm), a single Chinese cardiac center experience

    The purpose of this study was to outline the midterm follow-up results and complications in patients who underwent transthoracic device closure of an atrial septal defect (ASD) with the very large domestic occ...

    Qiang Chen, Hua Cao, Gui-Can Zhang, Liang-wan Chen, Fan Xu and Jia-xin Zhang

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:74

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  14. Research article

    Renal ultrasound provides low utility in evaluating cardiac surgery associated acute kidney injury

    Renal ultrasonography is part of the algorithm in assessing acute kidney injury (AKI). The purpose of this study was to assess the clinical utility of renal US in postoperative cardiac patients who develop AKI.

    Allen Young, Todd Crawford, Alejandro Suarez Pierre, J. Trent Magruder, Charles Fraser, John Conte, Glenn Whitman and Christopher Sciortino

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:75

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  15. Research article

    Outcome of surgical repair of Pectus Excavatum in adults

    Pectus Excavatum (PEx) is the most common congenital chest wall deformity, accounting for over 90% of all chest wall deformities. Surgical correction is recommended because severe PEx can affect the physical a...

    Ayman M. Shaalan, Ibrahim Kasb, Eman E. Elwakeel and Yusra A. Elkamali

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:72

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  16. Research article

    Pre-operative serum VCAM-1 as a biomarker of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass grafting

    Systemic inflammation is a recognised contributory factor in the pathogenesis of de novo post-operative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. This study aims to determine whether serum soluble vascular en...

    Leanne Harling, Jonathan Lambert, Hutan Ashrafian, Ara Darzi, Nigel J. Gooderham and Thanos Athanasiou

    Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2017 12:70

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

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