Sheng-Shou Hu

Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Peping, Beijing, China

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    ABSTRACT: The main goal of this study was to explore the feasibility of stratifying patients with secondary tricuspid regurgitation (TR) into different risk levels, and to compare the surgical outcomes of patients within different risk levels who underwent different tricuspid valve repair (TVP) approaches. One hundred and one patients with left-sided valvular disease underwent either left-sided valvular replacement or repair, and 79 patients underwent concomitant TVP. Depending upon their tricuspid annulus diameter and tethering distances, the patients were assessed using 4 risk levels. The different surgical approaches were used in patients within different risk levels. Among the 101 patients, there were 32 patients within risk level I, 28 within risk level II, 20 within risk level III, 21 within risk level IV. In the first risk level, the patients with untreated tricuspid valves had no or mild TR after surgery. In the second and third risk levels, the patients treated with a modified De Vega procedure had mild TR at follow-up. In the fourth risk level, the patients treated with undersized annuloplasty rings exhibited an improved outcome. The evaluation of both tricuspid annular diameter and tethering distance may help clinicians to stratify patients with secondary TR into different risk levels as a means of choosing an optimal TVP approach. The application of a modified De Vega procedure or an undersized annuloplasty ring in patients within appropriate risk level could improve the treatment for secondary TR. Copyright © 2015 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · The Annals of thoracic surgery
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    ABSTRACT: There is a lack of data focusing on non-communicable disease (NCD) mortality in the Chinese elderly population over the past decade.
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    ABSTRACT: Demonstrate the benefits of percutaneous atrial septal defect (ASD) closure under guidance of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) without fluoroscopy. From February 2013 to April 2014, 127 consecutive patients with an isolated type II ASD were recruited to undergo percutaneous closure under either TTE (n = 60, TTE group) or TEE (n = 67, TEE group) guidance. The TTE group received local anesthesia or sedation with propofol, and the TEE group received general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation. Follow-up examinations were performed for both groups at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after discharge and annually thereafter. The TTE group had a significantly shorter procedure time and respirator ventilation duration than the TEE group. The dose of propofol required, the cost, and the pharyngeal complication rate were significantly lower in the TTE group than in the TEE group. The median follow-up of 11.6 months was uneventful in all patients. Percutaneous ASD closure with TTE guidance as the only imaging tool avoids fluoroscopy, endotracheal intubation, and probe insertion and is associated with a satisfactory procedural success rate and lower costs. This procedure is a safe and reliable treatment for ASD. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Journal of Interventional Cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To evaluate a novel hybrid balloon valvuloplasty procedure for severe congenital valvular aortic stenosis in low-weight infants, performed through the ascending aorta via median sternotomy. Methods: Eighteen infants (<90 days of age) with severe congenital aortic stenosis were included in this study. Hybrid balloon valvuloplasty procedures were performed in a hybrid operating room. Patients were followed up at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and then annually following the procedure. Results: The hybrid balloon valvuloplasty procedure was successful in all patients. Eight patients were successfully rescued from left ventricular systolic dysfunction by cardiac compression under direct vision. The aortic valve pressure gradient decreased from 80.3 ± 20.8 mmHg preoperatively to 16.0 ± 3.6 mmHg immediately postoperatively (P < 0.001). None of the patients developed significant aortic insufficiency. The fluoroscopy time was 6.2 ± 2.9 min. Intraoperative blood transfusions and pacing were not required. The patients were all alive and healthy at the end of the follow-up period (mean 21.3 months; range 3-41 months), and the aortic valve pressure gradient remained low (21.7 ± 5.3 mmHg). Reintervention was not required in any of the patients. Conclusions: Hybrid balloon valvuloplasty through the ascending aorta via median sternotomy is an effective and safe procedure for infants with severe congenital aortic stenosis.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014 · European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery: official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the safety and effectiveness of percutaneous transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) under transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance in children. The study included 20 cases of patients with ASD. The patients were (4.2 ± 1.2) years old and the mean body weights were (18.2 ± 4.2) kg. The diameter of ASD before closure was (13.4 ± 3.3) mm . All procedures were guided under TEE. Procedure success was evaluated by TEE immediately after procedure. Closure devices were successfully implanted in all 20 patients under TEE guidance. The diameter of closure devices was 14-26 mm. There were no procedure related complications. The ventilation time was (2.9 ± 0.8)h and the hospitalization time was (3.2 ± 0.7) days. TEE guided percutaneous transcatheter closure is safe and effective for patients with ASD and avoids the radiation damages.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2013 · Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]
  • Xin Wang · Yuan Li · Lei Liu · Sheng-Shou Hu · Yun-Hu Song · Wei Wang
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    ABSTRACT: Background and objective: Our study aimed to elucidate the potential clinical and molecular issues in recurrent atrial fibrillation (AF) following a radiofrequency modified maze procedure in patients with rheumatic valvular disease and persistent AF. Methods and results: Eighty patients with rheumatic valvular disease and persistent AF (lasting more than 6 months) who had undergone a radiofrequency modified maze procedure and mitral valve replacement were enrolled into this single-center pilot study and were followed up for another 6 months. Their clinical characteristics were analyzed and the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 including its specific inhibitor and collagen volume fraction (CVF) was also assessed. During the 6-month follow-up, 24 subjects had recurrent AF. Among them, the left atrial diameter was larger compared to that achieved in sinus rhythm (SR). The mRNA and protein expression of MMP-2 was significantly increased in recurrent AF patients, while its specific inhibitor did not show a significant difference (p > 0.05). The CVF of type I collagen increased significantly in the recurrent AF patients compared to SR patients (18.16 ± 3.22 vs. 11.66 ± 3.38, p < 0.001), whereas the CVF of type III collagen showed no significant difference (8.33 ± 3.44 vs. 9.55 ± 3.67, p > 0.05). Conclusion: This study suggests that the overexpression of MMP-2 is associated with CVF-I in the left atrial appendage which potentially leads to the recurrence of AF following a radiofrequency modified maze procedure in patients with rheumatic valve disease.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2013 · Cardiology
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the clinical features, precaution and management of complete heart block (CHB) after transaortic extended septal myectomy operation (extended Morrow procedure) in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). From October 1996 to December 2011, 10[6 men; mean age (45.4 ± 15.8) years, range 13-60 years] out of 160 consecutive HOCM patients underwent extended Morrow procedure developed CHB postoperatively. Their clinical data were retrospectively analyzed. Baseline transthoracic echocardiography showed that the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradients was from 68 to 149 (105.1 ± 25.9) mm Hg (1 mm Hg = 0.133 kPa), ECG showed right bundle branch block in 5 patients and atrial fibrillation, atrial premature beats or ST-T segment changes in other 5 patients. Besides extended Morrow procedure, concomitant surgical procedures included mitral valve replacement (MVR) in 2 (2/10) and MVR plus coronary artery bypass grafting in another 2 (2/10) patients. Follow-up data were obtained by subsequent clinic visits in outpatient department and telephone interviews. The in-hospital mortality was 20% (these two patients died of low cardiac output syndrome and multiple organs failure). Four patients underwent MVR simultaneously survived the operation. Postoperative echocardiography demonstrated a reduced LVOT gradient[(13.6 ± 9.7) mm Hg, P < 0.001]. Permanent pacemakers were implanted in all 8 survived patients at 6 days to 7 months after operation. No other severe complications were observed. During follow-up [from 4 to 72 (19.4 ± 22.1) months], there was no death, 1 patient readmitted to our center at 71 months post operation to change the pacemaker because of low voltage of previously implanted pacemaker. Physical capacity and quality of life improved significantly post operation in these 8 patients. The NYHA functional class remained at I-II post operation and during follow up. CHB is a severe complication after extended Morrow procedure for patients with HOCM and timely permanent pacemaker implantation is mandatory for patients with post procedure CHB.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2013 · Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]
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    ABSTRACT: To access the prevalence and risk factors for hypertension after heart transplantation (HT), and the impact of post-transplant hypertension on medium-term survival among HT patients. Data from 265 consecutive patients underwent HT between June 2004 and May 2012 in Fuwai hospital and survived for at least 6 months were retrospectively analyzed. Hypertension was defined as systolic pressure ≥ 140 mm Hg (1 mm Hg = 0.133 kPa) and/or diastolic pressure ≥ 90 mm Hg or current treatment with antihypertensive drugs. Patients were divided into post-HT hypertension group and non-hypertension group. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine preoperative and postoperative risk factors for hypertension after HT. Kaplan-Meier method and log rank test were used for survival analysis. Hypertension was present in 17.4% (46/265) patients before HT and in 57.4% (152/265) patients post HT. The median follow-up time was 37 months (20 - 57 months). Logistic regression analysis showed that male gender (OR: 2.27, 95%CI: 1.16 - 4.42, P < 0.05), history of pre-HT hypertension (OR: 2.22, 95%CI: 1.05 - 4.71, P < 0.05), and cyclosporine A based immunosuppressive therapy (OR: 2.54, 95%CI: 1.51 - 4.29, P < 0.01) were independent risk factors for the development of post-HT hypertension. At the end of 1, 3, 5 years, the survival rate of heart transplant patients by Kaplan-Meier method estimation were 100%, 97.2%, 86.7% in post-HT hypertension group; 98.1%, 93.8%, 93.8% in non-hypertension group. Log rank test displayed that there was no significant difference between the two survival curves (P > 0.05). Hypertension is a frequent comorbidity after HT. Male gender, pre-HT hypertension together with cyclosporine A based immunosuppressive therapy are independent predictors for the development of post-HT hypertension. By adjusting the controllable risk factors and active control of blood pressure, the medium-term survival is similar between patients with or without postoperative hypertension in this cohort.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2013 · Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]
  • Hao-Ran Wang · Zhe Zheng · Hui Xiong · Bo Xu · Li-Huan Li · Run-Lin Gao · Sheng-Shou Hu
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    ABSTRACT: The hybrid procedure for coronary heart disease combines minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and is an alternative to revascularization treatment. We sought to assess the predictive value of four risk-stratification models for risk assessment of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) in patients with multivessel disease undergoing hybrid coronary revascularization. The data of 120 patients were retrospectively collected and the SYNTAX score, EuroSCORE, SinoSCORE and the Global Risk Classification (GRC) calculated for each patient. The outcomes of interest were 2.7-year incidences of MACCE, including death, myocardial infarction, stroke, and any-vessel revascularization. During a mean of 2.7-year follow-up, actuarial survival was 99.17%, and no myocardial infarctions occurred. The discriminatory power (area under curve (AUC)) of the SYNTAX score, EuroSCORE, SinoSCORE and GRC for 2.7-year MACCE was 0.60 (95% confidence interval 0.42 - 0.77), 0.65 (0.47 - 0.82), 0.57 (0.39 - 0.75) and 0.65 (0.46 - 0.83), respectively. The calibration characteristics of the SYNTAX score, EuroSCORE, SinoSCORE and GRC were 3.92 (P = 0.86), 5.39 (P = 0.37), 13.81 (P = 0.32) and 0.02 (P = 0.89), respectively. In patients with multivessel disease undergoing a hybrid procedure, the SYNTAX score, EuroSCORE, SinoSCORE and GRC were inaccurate in predicting MACCE. Modifying risk-stratification models to improve the predictive value for a hybrid procedure is needed.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2013 · Chinese medical journal
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the clinical outcomes of transaortic extended septal myectomy on early and midterm survival of patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). From October 2009 to April 2012, 118 consecutive patients underwent extended Morrow's procedure for HOCM. There were 69 males and 49 females with an average age of (46 ± 13) years. Their clinical data were analyzed retrospectively. Preoperative transthoracic, intraoperative transoesophageal and postoperative transthoracic echocardiography was performed to assess septal thickness, left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradient, mitral valve function and systolic anterior motion (SAM) of anterior mitral valve leaflet, etc. Concomitant surgical procedures were performed if other cardiac diseases required surgical interventions. Follow-up study was carried out during subsequent clinic visits at outpatient department and through telephone interviews with patients and their relatives. The septal thickness was (25 ± 7) mm. SAM was detected in all. The in-hospital mortality was 0.8% (1/118) since one patient died of multiple organs failure one week later. Postoperative echocardiography demonstrated marked reduction in LVOT gradient (92 ± 22 vs 13 ± 10 mm Hg (1 mm Hg = 0.133 kPa), P = 0.000), New York Heart Association (NYHA) class (2.9 ± 0.6 vs 1.2 ± 0.4, P = 0.000) and significant improvement in mitral regurgitation. Concomitant surgical procedures were performed in 45 cases (38.1%, all for preexisting conditions). Complications included complete atrioventricular block (n = 3), first degree atrioventricular block (n = 6), complete left bundle branch block (n = 51), intraventricular conduction delay or left anterior division block (n = 26), transient renal dysfunction (n = 2) and intra-aortic-balloon-pumping (n = 2). No other severe complication was observed. During a follow-up period of 1 - 27 (7 ± 6) months, there was no readmission or death. All patients reported significant increase in physical ability and obvious decrease in limiting symptoms. At the latest follow-up, the NYHA functional class maintained grade I-II in all. And mitral regurgitation remained absent or mild. Surgical procedure for HOCM patients is both safe and efficacious. It provides an excellent relief of LVOT obstruction.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · Zhonghua yi xue za zhi
  • Hong-Wei Guo · Hui Xiong · Jian-Ping Xu · Xiao-Qi Wang · Sheng-Shou Hu
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The classification system of Sakakibara and Konno for sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) is highly complex and seldom utilized in clinical practice. In this study, we propose a new and simple classification system; we suggest a novel approach that utilizes four distinct types of SVAs. Methods: We retrospectively studied 257 cases of SVAs in which surgical repair was performed between October 1996 and December 2009 and divided these cases into four types: I, rupture or protrusion into the right atrium; II, rupture or protrusion into the right atrium or right ventricle near or at the tricuspid annulus; III, rupture or protrusion into the right ventricular outflow tract under pulmonary valve and IV, others. The surgical results of the different approaches in each respective type were compared as follows: cardiopulmonary bypass time, clamp aorta time, mechanical ventilation time, intensive care unit time and postoperative stay time. Results: In all the patients, there was no early postoperative death; all the patients recovered and were discharged as expected. There were no significant differences in intensive care unit time and postoperative stay time among different approaches in each type (P > 0.05). Two hundred and thirty-eight (92.61%) patients were followed up. Conclusions: Surgical repair of SVAs exhibited good long-term results. Our classification of SVA could be potentially helpful for surgical practice. For Type I, the right atrium approach is advised; for Type II, the transaortic approach with a right atrium incision is advised; for Type III, the transaortic approach with pulmonary incision is advised while for Type IV, repair according to the respective situation is advisable.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2013 · European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery: official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery
  • Shuai Zheng · Zhe Zheng · Hong-Guang Fan · Sheng-Shou Hu
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation (EuroSCORE) is one of the most widely used risk models for the predicting mortality after cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to validate the EuroSCORE model for predicting operative mortality in heart valve surgery on a Chinese multicenter database and comparing the performance of EuroSCORE with our new risk stratification system, the Sino System for Coronary Operative Risk Evaluation (SinoSCORE). Methods: Data from patients undergoing heart valve surgery between January 2007 and December 2008 were retrospectively collected, from 43 hospitals in China. The EuroSCORE and the SinoSCORE were calculated for each patient. Mortality was defined as any in-hospital death. Area under the receiver operating characteristics curve (AUC) was used to study the discriminatory abilities of the models. The Hosmer-Lemeshow (H-L) goodness-of-fit test was used to study the calibration of the predictive models. Results: A total of 15 367 patients were analyzed. For the entire cohort, the observed mortality was 2.34%, the predicted mortality was 3.71% (additive), 3.19% (logistic) and 3.66% (SinoSCORE). AUC was 0.747 for SinoSCORE, 0.699 additive and 0.696 for logistic EuroSCORE. Calibration of SinoSCORE and additive EuroSCORE was good (H-L: P = 0.250 and P = 0.051, respectively), but the logistic EuroSCORE model had a poor calibration (H-L: P < 0.05). The discriminatory ability and calibration of the SinoSCORE were good in low- and high-risk patients. However, the discriminatory ability of the EuroSCORE model was poor in all risk deciles. Conclusions: The EuroSCORE does not accurately predict mortality in Chinese patients with heart valve surgery, and the SinoSCORE is superior to the EuroSCORE at predicting in-hospital mortality in Chinese heart valve surgery patients.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2012 · Chinese medical journal
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To understand the situation of blood pressure control and the major factors influencing the programs among those hypertensive patients living in the communities from different parts of China. Methods: A protocol of community-based standardized blood pressure management was developed based on the current Chinese guideline for prevention, treatment of hypertension. Grass-roots caretakers from community health service centers across China were trained under the requirement of this protocol to manage the hypertensive patients. In this study, the hypertensive patients who had been registered in the project centers from Beijing, Hebei, Gansu, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong provinces, were selected as the study subjects, and the baseline data for these patients was analyzed. Results: By the end of 2010, a total of 242 182 patients were registered. The mean age was 61.0 ± 10.5, with 48.5% of them being males. The overall control rate of blood pressure was 27.4%. The control rate was significant lower among patients who were in lower age group, being male, with higher BMI, smoking, drinking or with more salt consumption. However, the control rate was significant higher among those patients who had family history of hypertension, always undertook physical exercise or receiving medical treatment. Conclusion: The blood pressure control rate for community hypertensive patients in China was still in a relatively low level. Standardization management measures should be strengthened so as to improve the rate of control on high blood pressure.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2012 · Zhonghua liu xing bing xue za zhi = Zhonghua liuxingbingxue zazhi
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To observe the efficacy of hybrid balloon valvuloplasty for the treatment of low-body weight infants with severe congenital valvular aortic stenosis (AS). Methods: Five infants with severe congenital valvular aortic stenosis underwent the hybrid balloon aortic valvuloplasty through median sternotomy in the hybrid operating room. The mean age was (40.2 ± 7.0) days, weight was (4.48 ± 0.75) kg. The patients were followed up by echocardiography for 9 - 13 months post procedure. Results: Operation was successful in all 5 patients and they were discharged from hospital uneventfully. The gradient pressure decreased significantly from (98.8 ± 9.0) mm Hg (1 mm Hg = 0.133 kPa) to (13.8 ± 3.3) mm Hg (P < 0.05) post operation. There was no moderate or severe aortic insufficiency. All patients were alive, the gradient pressures was (18.8 ± 2.5) mm Hg and there was no moderate or severe aortic insufficiency during follow-up [9 - 13 (11.0 ± 1.4) months]. Conclusion: The hybrid balloon aortic valvuloplasty is an effective option for the low-body weight infants with severe congenital valvular aortic stenosis.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2012 · Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]
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    ABSTRACT: Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) is a rare cardiac anomaly, and SVA with discrete membranous subaortic stenosis is even rarer. The aim of the study was to make sure the incidence of SVA with discrete membraneous subaortic stenosis in SVA and their surgical results. We retrospectively analyzed 234 patients receiving surgical repair of SVA and reported the incidence of ventricular septal defect, aortic regurgitation, and discrete membranous subaortic stenosis. We also reported seven cases of SVA combined with discrete membranous subaortic stenosis and their surgical results. Between January 1999 and December 2009, seven patients of SVA with discrete membranous subaortic stenosis underwent surgical repair of SVA and resection of subaortic discrete membrane. There were six male and one female patients. The mean age was (33.71 ± 13.25) years (range 16 - 52 years). Associated cardiovascular lesions were aortic regurgitation (n = 7), ventricular septal defect (n = 5), coarctation of aorta (n = 1), bicuspid aortic valve (n = 1), patent ductus arteriosus (n = 1), and aortic valve stenosis (n = 1). The aortic valve was replaced in four patients and valvuloplasty was done in three. The other co-existing anomalies were corrected at the same time. All the seven patients were followed up from 18 to 125 months (mean (63.14 ± 39.54) months). Among 234 SVA patients who underwent surgical repair, the number of cases with coexisting ventricular septal defect, aortic regurgitation, and discrete membranous subaortic stenosis was 129, 108, and 7, respectively. There was neither early death after operation nor late death during the follow-up period. All the seven patients were in the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional classes I and II. There was no recurrence of discrete subaortic membrane during the follow-up period. The incidence of ventricular septal defect, aortic valve incompetence, and discrete membranous subaortic stenosis among 234 SVA patients was 55.13%, 46.15%, and 2.99%, respectively. Surgical repair of SVA with discrete membranous subaortic stenosis showed good mid-term results. Resection of discrete subaortic membrane should be done actively while repairing SVAs. Long-term results need to be followed up.
    No preview · Article · May 2012 · Chinese medical journal
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    ABSTRACT: This study aims to analyze long-term results after correction of type I and type II truncus arteriosus in older patients operated in one institution over five years. Between 2006 and 2010, 12 patients, median age 4 years, underwent repair of truncus arteriosus. Repair with reconstruction of the right ventricular to pulmonary artery continuity was performed using a valved conduit in 12 patients. There was no early mortality. All patients are alive with their original conduit 0.6 to 5 years after correction. No patients required reoperations for conduit dysfunction. Recent clinical examination was undertaken in all patients and they are in good condition. Though mean age at operation was higher in this study than published results, the operation should be performed if the pulmonary vascular resistance is under 8 units.m(2) before operation.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2012 · Journal of Cardiac Surgery
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    Wei Wang · Lei Liu · Yuan Li · Sheng-Shou Hu · Yun-Hu Song · Xin Wang
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated whether the expression of transforming growth factor β-1 in the left atrial appendage affected the outcome of the radiofrequency modified maze procedure in patients with rheumatic valve disease and long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation.Messenger RNA and protein expression of transforming growth factor β-1 and volume fractions of collagen types I and III were measured in 80 patients with rheumatic valve atrial fibrillation who underwent valve surgery with the radiofrequency modified maze procedure; the same was done in a control group of 20 patients with rheumatic valve disease and sinus rhythm who underwent valve surgery alone.At 6 months' follow-up, atrial fibrillation recurred in 24 of the 80 patients in the study group. The messenger RNA and protein expressions of transforming growth factor β-1, collagen type I volume fraction, and left atrial dimension had increased gradually in the control group and in the study subgroups that maintained sinus rhythm or relapsed into atrial fibrillation (P <0.05). The messenger RNA and protein expressions of transforming growth factor β-1 correlated positively with collagen type I volume fraction (r=0.723, P <0.001 and r=0.745, P <0.001, respectively) and left atrial dimension (r=0.762, P <0.001 and r=0.765, P <0.001, respectively). In the sinus rhythm-maintained subgroup, the patients who regained functional atrial contraction had lower messenger RNA and protein expression of transforming growth factor β-1 than did the patients who failed to retain such function (P <0.05).We conclude that the expression of transforming growth factor β-1 in the resected left atrial appendage affects the recurrence of atrial fibrillation and restoration of functional left atrial contraction after the radiofrequency modified maze procedure.
    Preview · Article · Feb 2012 · Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital
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    ABSTRACT: To observe the effect of sirolimus-based immunosuppression administered on heart transplant recipients with chronic renal dysfunction. From June 2004 to December 2008, standard calcineurin inhibitors (CNI)-based immunosuppressive regimen was changed to reduced-dose CNI plus sirolimus due to CNI-related chronic renal dysfunction in 20 out of 138 cardiac transplant recipients at Fuwai Hospital. The standard immunosuppressive regimen included steroid, CNI (cyclosporine or tacrolimus), and mycophenolate mofetil or azathioprine. Sirolimus was started at 0.75 - 1.50 mg/d with titration to achieve levels of 5 - 15 µg/L, and CNI dose was reduced gradually to 1/2-2/3 of the baseline level. Patients were followed for changes in renal function, lipid level and clinical side effects related to immunosuppressive therapy. Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) was performed routinely at 3 weeks, 3, 6 and 12 months after transplantation. EMB was also performed at 3 months after regimen change within 1 year post-transplantation or when rejections were suspected in patients beyond 1 year post-transplantation. Echocardiography was performed for monitoring purpose. The mean follow-up after regimen change was (7.9 ± 6.3) months. Final sirolimus dose was (0.89 ± 0.22) mg/d and blood drug level was (7.6 ± 3.8)µg/L. Cyclosporine dose was reduced from (191.7 ± 60.0) mg/d to (123.6 ± 34.8) mg/d, with blood drug concentration reduced from (175.5 ± 58.0) µg/L to (111.9 ± 56.0) µg/L in 18 patients (P < 0.01). Tacrolimus average dose was reduced from 4.25 mg/d to 3.00 mg/d, with blood drug concentration reduced from 13.5 µg/L to 10.5 µg/L in 2 patients. Serum creatinine level fell from (160.4 ± 25.5) µmol/L to (134.4 ± 26.8) µmol/L (P < 0.01) and urea nitrogen fell from (13.8 ± 4.7) µmol/L to (10.4 ± 3.0) µmol/L (P < 0.01) at one month after regimen change. Twenty two EMBs were performed in 11 patients within 1 year post-transplant, there were 4 episodes of acute rejecte (ISHLT grade 2). Twenty patients are all alive and cardiac function was normal. The most common side effect was hyperlipidemia, and triglycerides, total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein levels were significantly increased at 1 month post regimen change (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). Leukocyte, hemoglobin and platelet as well as liver function remained unchanged at 1 month post regimen change (all P > 0.05). Our results show that change from CNI-based immunosuppressive regimen to reduced-dose CNI plus sirolimus is an effective and safe approach for the management of patients with CNI-related chronic renal dysfunction, leading to an improvement in renal function without compromise in anti-rejection efficacy and with tolerable side effects.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2012 · Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and midterm outcomes of a simultaneous hybrid revascularization strategy for left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD), compared with conventional off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). We compared the in-hospital and midterm outcomes of a simultaneous hybrid revascularization strategy (minimally invasive direct coronary bypass grafting of the left anterior descending coronary artery [LAD] and percutaneous intervention to non-LAD lesions) in 20 patients with LMCAD in an enhanced operating room. These patients were matched by propensity score to a group of 20 control patients who underwent standard OPCAB between September 2007 and December 2009. All baseline clinical characteristics of the 2 groups were similar. All of the patients in the 2 groups underwent surgery uneventfully without conversion to on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Compared with OPCAB, the patients in the hybrid group had shorter lengths of stay in the intensive care unit (34.8 ± 37.6 hours versus 50.7 ± 34.5 hours, P = .01). Transfusion requirements were reduced in the hybrid patients compared with the OPCAB patients (5% versus 40%, P = .01). The 2 groups did not differ with respect to the occurrence of other important morbidities. During the mean (±SD) follow-up of 18.5 ± 9.8 months, the group of patients who underwent the simultaneous hybrid procedure experienced an incidence of major adverse cardiac or cerebrovascular events that was similar to that of the OPCAB control group (100% versus 90%, respectively; P = .31). The midterm follow-up indicated that the simultaneous hybrid revascularization procedure for LMCAD is feasible, safe, and effective. These promising early findings warrant further prospective investigations.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2012 · Heart Surgery Forum
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    ABSTRACT: To explore clinical outcomes of patients undergoing emergent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) following failed percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the stent era. Eleven patients who underwent emergent CABG following failed PCI from January, 2002 to December 2010 were enrolled. The in-hospital follow-up included cardiac deaths, Q-wave myocardial infarction, kidney failure, and cerebrovascular events. The clinical end-point of out-hospital follow-up was the major adverse cardiac events including death, myocardial infarction, and target lesion revascularization. The patients were (61 ± 5) years old. Coronary angiography showed 5 patients had triple vessel lesions. There were 9 target lesions on left anterior descending artery. There were 3 (27.3%) severe calcified, 4 (36.4%) chronic total occlusion, and 4 (36.4%) diffused long lesions. Reasons for emergent CABG were dissection (n = 5, 45.5%), perforation (n = 3, 27.3%), failure to sufficient predilation (n = 1, 9.1%), acute closure (n = 1, 9.1%) and stent loss (n = 1, 9.1%). The average duration of follow-up was (47 ± 33) months. During in-hospital follow-up, there were 1 (9.1%) cardiac death and 2 (18.2%) Q wave myocardial infarction. During follow-up after hospital discharge, 1 patient (9.1%) died of kidney failure, and there was no rehospitalization due to cardiac events. Emergent CABG after failed PCI often happened in patients with complex coronary lesions. The long term outcome of patients requiring emergent CABG after failed PCI was favorable in this cohort.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2012 · Zhonghua xin xue guan bing za zhi [Chinese journal of cardiovascular diseases]

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  • 2003-2014
    • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2003-2013
    • Beijing Fuwai Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2005-2012
    • Fu Wai Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2004-2010
    • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
      Peping, Beijing, China
    • Tsinghua University
      • Department of Chemistry
      Beijing, Beijing Shi, China
  • 2008
    • State Key Laboratory of Medical Genetics of China
      Ch’ang-sha-shih, Hunan, China