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ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLES

Choice of approaches for surgical correction of tricuspid pathology in patients with rheumatic multi-valvular heart disease

Our study demonstrated that correction of tricuspid valve disease in our cohort of patients, including valve repair and replacement and reconstructive surgery of fibrous ring alone or in combination with mitral or aortic valve replacement/ repair is accompanied by reduction of tricuspid regurgitation and reduction of cardiac chamber size and right ventricular pressure. No complications intrinsic to operative technique of tricuspid valve reconstructive surgery as advanced atrioventricular block or myocardial ischemia and infarction were recorded.

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REVIEW

Postpericardiotomy syndrome and its complications: prevalence, clinical significance and management

In this review, we summarized current evidence on clinical significance, outcomes and management of postpericardiotomy syndrome and its complications developing after cardiac operations.

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CASE REPORTS

A funnel shaped pannus formation above the mitral prosthetic valve diagnosed with real time three-dimensional echocardiography

Prosthetic valve obstruction has an incidence ranging from 0.4% to 6% per year (1). Apart from thrombus formation, prosthetic valve obstruction can also be caused by pannus formation with variable frequency (2, 3). Correct diagnosis is of paramount importance in any patient with prosthetic valve obstruction. Real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT 3D TEE) has the capacity to provide more in-depth analysis of any pannus related mechanical valve obstruction.

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REVIEW

Surgical treatment of acquired valvular heart disease in elderly patients

This article provide an overview of studies on indications, surgery and outcomes of valvular heart disease surgery in elderly patients.

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CASE REPORTS

Anomalous origin of right coronary artery from left coronary sinus associated with aneurysm of aortic root

The aim of our case report is to describe rare anomaly of coronary artery origin concomitant with aortic root aneurysm, as well as to present the results of surgical correction of this pathology.

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ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLES

Bipolar versus unipolar energy in the surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients with mitral valve surgery

Objective: To evaluate the presence of sinus rhythm or atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients who had mitral valve surgery with concomitant surgical ablation of AF, by unipolar or bipolar radiofrequency.

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REVIEW

Spontaneous rupture of left ventricular posterior wall as a complication of mitral valve replacement

In this article, we provided summary of knowledge on left ventricular posterior wall rupture as a complication of mitral valve replacement surgery and shared our experience with such complication.

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