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Extra-Corporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation after Cardiogenic Shock: A Case Series of 4 Patients

Ibrahim Mungan, Dilek Kazanc─▒, Serdar Yamanyar, Hayriye Cankar Dal and Sema Turan

Abstract

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is usually performed after cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest but conventional CPR (cCPR) might be unsuccessful to provide return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). Some other methods have been developed to provide and restore circulation for this scenario and Veno-arterial (VA) Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been safely used in cardiogenic shock, post myocardiotomy cardiac failure and after cardiac arrest for many years.

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Case Report 

Thrombotic Thrombocytopaenic Purpura after Aortic Valve Replacement with Trifecta Bio-Prosthesis: A Case Report

F Falconieri and G Krasopoulos

Abstract

Thrombocytopaenia is a recognized complication after aortic valve replacement (AVR), sometimes it has been reported as heparin-induced, and it can be associated with high mortality and morbidity. This case report is describing the first case of thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura (TTP) after AVR using the Trifecta bioprosthesis.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE 

The Diagnosis of Antibody-Mediated Rejection (AMR) and Acute Cellular Rejection (ACR) in Transplanted Hearts - What we Already Know and What we Should Get to Know. The Experience of Polish Single Centre Populaton

Sylwia Szymanska, Wieslawa Grajkowska, Malgorzata Sobieszczanska-Malek, Tomasz Zielinski, Michal Pyzlak and Maciej Pronicki

Abstract

New ISHLT 2013 criteria requires further study on significance of histopathological changes in Endomyocardial Biopsy (EMB). Guidelines concerning optimal EMB quality for rejection assessment are sparse in literature.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE 

Human Left Atrial Potassium Ion Channel Transcripts in Patients Requiring Cardiac Surgery vs. Structurally Normal Hearts: Potential Implications for the Mechanisms of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation

Joseph Coello, Jonna Sakowski Gaia Bistulfi, Mary Hurley, Marion Olivieri, Megan Gervasi and Michael F Swartz

Abstract

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia following cardiac surgery, and contributes significantly to the post-operative morbidity. However, an understanding of the molecular changes to the left atrium in patients requiring cardiovascular surgery, which place them at greater risk for developing post-operative AF is not completely understood.

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Case Report 

Echo-Guided Recruitment of Lung Atelectasis after Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Massimiliano Cantinotti, Paolo Del Sarto and Lamia Ait Al

Abstract

Lung ultrasound is a useful tool in intensive care unit. In addition to imaging various lung and pleural diseases, LUS could guide interventional procedure. We describe a case of manual recruitment of atelectasis under lung ultrasound guidance in a child after surgical ligation of patent ductus arteriosus.

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Simplified Surgical Technique for the Management of Severe Mitral Annulus Calcification

Philippa JT Bowers and Manu N Mathur

Abstract

Severe mitral annular calcification (MAC) is occasionally associated with degenerative mitral valve dysfunction especially in the elderly and renal patients. Dealing with the MAC at the time of mitral valve replacement is difficult and hazardous.

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