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Low cardiac output syndrome

Walter H Reinhart
The hematocrit (Hct) determines the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, but also increases blood viscosity and thus flow resistance. From this dual role the concept of an optimum Hct for tissue oxygenation has been derived. Viscometric studies using the ratio Hct/blood viscosity at high shear rate showed an optimum Hct of 50-60% for red blood cell (RBC) suspensions in plasma. For the perfusion of an artificial microvascular network with 5-70μm channels the optimum Hct was 60-70% for high driving pressures. With lower shear rates or driving pressures the optimum Hct shifted towards lower values...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Marina Pieri, Alessandro Belletti, Fabrizio Monaco, Antonio Pisano, Mario Musu, Veronica Dalessandro, Giacomo Monti, Gabriele Finco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing cardiac surgery, a reduced preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is common and is associated with a worse outcome. Available outcome data for these patients address specific surgical procedures, mainly coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Aim of our study was to investigate perioperative outcome of surgery on patients with low pre-operative LVEF undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: Data from patients with pre-operative LVEF ≤40 % undergoing cardiac surgery at a university hospital were reviewed and analyzed...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Nathalie Thorin-Trescases, Doug Hayami, Carol Yu, Xiaoyan Luo, Albert Nguyen, Jean-François Larouche, Julie Lalongé, Christine Henri, André Arsenault, Mathieu Gayda, Martin Juneau, Jean Lambert, Eric Thorin, Anil Nigam
Pro-inflammatory angiopoietin-like 2 (angptl2) promotes endothelial dysfunction in mice and circulating angptl2 is higher in patients with cardiovascular diseases. We previously reported that a single bout of physical exercise was able to reduce angptl2 levels in coronary patients. We hypothesized that chronic exercise would reduce angptl2 in patients with post-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and endothelial dysfunction. Post-ACS patients (n = 40, 10 women) were enrolled in a 3-month exercise-based prevention program...
2016: PloS One
Christopher James, Johnny Millar, Stephen Horton, Christian Brizard, Charlotte Molesworth, Warwick Butt
PURPOSE: Cardiopulmonary bypass induces an ischaemia-reperfusion injury and systemic inflammatory response, which contributes to low cardiac output syndrome following cardiac surgery. Exogenous nitric oxide during cardiopulmonary bypass has shown potential to ameliorate such injury. We undertook a large randomised controlled trial to investigate the clinical effects of administering nitric oxide to the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit in children. METHODS: After written informed consent, children were randomised to receive 20 ppm nitric oxide to the gas inflow of the cardiopulmonary bypass oxygenator, or standard conduct of bypass...
September 30, 2016: Intensive Care Medicine
Alain J Poncelet, Gébrine El Khoury, Laurent De Kerchove, Thierry Sluysmans, Stéphane Moniotte, Mona Momeni, Thierry Detaille, Jean E Rubay
OBJECTIVES: To analyse our institutional results in the setting of paediatric aortic valve (AV) repair. Primary end-points were overall survival, freedom from AV reoperation and freedom from AV replacement. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all patients under 18 years of age operated on from 1977 to 2015 in a single tertiary care level institution. Patients were included if they benefited from any type of AV repair procedure, including commissurotomy, leaflet shaving or plication, or leaflet augmentation...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Armin Zittermann, Andreas Koster, David Faraoni, Jochen Börgermann, Uwe Schirmer, Jan F Gummert
OBJECTIVES: The relationship between the transfusion of red blood cell (RBC) units and outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery is the subject of intense debates. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the transfusion of 1-2 leucocyte-depleted (LD) RBC units and outcomes in patients undergoing open-heart valve surgery. METHODS: The investigation encompassed consecutive patients undergoing open-heart valve surgery at our institution between July 2009 and March 2015 who received no (RBC- group) or 1-2 units of LD RBC (RBC+ group)...
September 27, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Vladimir V Lomivorotov, Sergey M Efremov, Mikhail Y Kirov, Evgeny V Fominskiy, Alexander M Karaskov
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July 29, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Carles Bautista-Rodriguez, Javier Rodriguez-Fanjul, Julio Moreno Hernando, Javier Mayol, Jose Maria Caffarena-Calvar
We report two cases of newborns with critical pulmonary stenosis having intact ventricular septum, who underwent pulmonary valve balloon valvuloplasty followed by banding of a patent ductus arteriosus. Transcatheter pulmonary valvuloplasty was performed one week after delivery. Following the procedure, both developed "circular shunting" as a consequence of left-to-right ductal flow and pulmonary regurgitation. This in turn caused increased blood flow into a dysfunctional right ventricle and low systemic cardiac output syndrome...
September 19, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Christopher Lotz, Norbert Roewer, Ralf M Muellenbach
Circulatory support represents an integral part within the treatment of the critically ill patient. Sophisticated pharmacologic regimens help to maintain systemic perfusion pressure by increasing vascular tone as well as mediating positive inotropic effects. Besides the administration of catecholamines and phosphodiesterase-III-inhibitors, in particular the administration of levosimendan represents a promising alternative during low-cardiac-output. Nevertheless, sufficient evidence demonstrating a survival benefit for any pharmacologic regimen is nonexistent...
September 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Ji Seong Kim, Jin Hee Jeong, Sin Ju Moon, Hyuk Ahn, Ho Young Hwang
BACKGROUND: Del Nido (DN) cardioplegic solution (CPS) has been widely used during pediatric cardiac surgery. However, its use in the field of adult cardiac surgery is not popular yet. We evaluated efficacy of DN cardioplegia in adult cardiac surgical patients. METHODS: Fifty-three adult patients (mean age, 54±16 years) who underwent cardiovascular surgery using DN cardioplegia were enrolled. Myocardial troponin I (TnI) level up to three days after surgery and early clinical outcomes were evaluated...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Kui Hu, Jun Li, Yun Wan, Tao Hong, Shu-Yang Lu, Chang-Fa Guo, Chun-Sheng Wang
BACKGROUND: A considerable proportion of elderly patients with symptomatic severe heart valve disease are treated conservatively despite clear indications for surgical intervention. However, little is known about how advanced age and comorbidities affect treatment decision-making and therapeutic outcomes. METHODS: Patients (n = 234, mean age: 78.5 ± 3.7 years) with symptomatic severe heart valve disease hospitalized in our center were included. One hundred and fifty-one patients (65%) were treated surgically (surgical group) and 83 (35%) were treated conservatively (conservative group)...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Ugur Gocen, Atakan Atalay, Orhan Kemal Salih
Congenital left ventricular diverticulum is a rare cardiac anomaly. During the newborn period, symptomatic patients are diagnosed with heart failure findings. We present a 23-day-old male newborn with congenital left ventricular diverticulum diagnosed during fetal echocardiographic examination. After the birth, the patient had heart failure symptoms and his echocardiographic examination showed low cardiac ejection fraction. Diverticulum was operated with endoventricular circular patch plasty (DOR) technique, and after, cardiopulmonary bypass venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support was performed because of low cardiac output syndrome...
2016: Heart Surgery Forum
Zaccaria Ricci, Stefano Romagnoli, Luca Di Chiara
The association between pediatric cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI), and clinical outcomes has been studied several times in the recent literature. In this issue of Critical Care an interesting and original study analyzed the path from causal AKI entities to clinical AKI consequences through the application of structural equation modeling. The authors described the complex connections linking duration of cardiopulmonary bypass, cross clamp-time, and descriptors of low cardiac output syndrome to AKI modeled as a complex variable composed of post-operative serum creatinine increase of 50 % over baseline, urine output <0...
2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Thibaut Caruba, Delphine Hourton, Brigitte Sabatier, Dominique Rousseau, Annick Tibi, Cécile Hoffart-Jourdain, Akim Souag, Nelly Freitas, Mounia Yjjou, Carla Almeida, Nathalie Gomes, Pascaline Aucouturier, Juliette Djadi-Prat, Philippe Menasché, Gilles Chatellier, Bernard Cholley
BACKGROUND: Patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of less than 40 % are at high risk of developing postoperative low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS). Despite actual treatments (inotropic agents and/or mechanical assist devices), the mortality rate of such patients remains very high (13 to 24 %). The LICORN trial aims at assessing the efficacy of a preoperative infusion of levosimendan in reducing postoperative LCOS in patients with poor LVEF undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)...
2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Wuhua Jiang, Jie Teng, Jiarui Xu, Bo Shen, Yimei Wang, Yi Fang, Zhouping Zou, Jifu Jin, Yamin Zhuang, Lan Liu, Zhe Luo, Chunsheng Wang, Xiaoqiang Ding
BACKGROUND: Cardiac surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI) is a common complication with a poor prognosis. In order to identify modifiable perioperative risk factors for AKI, which existing risk scores are insufficient to predict, a dynamic clinical risk score to allow clinicians to estimate the risk of CSA-AKI from preoperative to early postoperative periods is needed. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 7233 cardiac surgery patients in our institution from January 2010 to April 2013 were enrolled prospectively and distributed into 2 cohorts...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Daniel Fudulu, Alvin Schadenberg, Gianni Angelini, Serban Stoica
A best evidence topic was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was: Is the use of prophylactic, perioperative steroids associated with better clinical outcomes following heart surgery in neonates? Altogether, 194 papers were found using the reported search, of which 8 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. One study found improved hospital survival in the group without steroids. Steroids increased infection in one large retrospective study. Incidence of hyperglycaemia was increased in the steroid group in 2 out of 5 studies...
August 2016: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Hiroyuki Kamiya, Maximilian Schilling, Payam Akhyari, Arjang Ruhparwar, Klaus Kallenbach, Matthias Karck, Artur Lichtenberg
BACKGROUND: Patients requiring an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) after cardiac surgery are critically ill and need a prolonged ICU stay. Considering limited health care resources, the early identification of patients with an extremely poor prognosis is important as a solid base for the decision whether further aggressive continuation or cessation of the therapy is recommendable. METHODS: From 2001 to 2007, 552 patients with low-output syndrome after open-heart surgery and IABP implantation in OR or within 24 h thereafter on ICU were retrospectively analyzed...
October 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Bin Yang, Jing Xu, Zhiming Zhou, Ke Wang, Jianchao Chen, Hongling Chen, Meng Wen, Qiaoru Liang
To summarize the therapeutic effects of modified double root translocation (MDRT) in the management of congenital heart disease-transposition of great arteries (TGA) with ventricular septum defect (VSD) and left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO). From May 2013 to March 2015, we treated 6 patients (4 males, 2 females, aged from 1 year and 8 months old to 5 years old) with complete transposition of great arteries with left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, SaO2 54 ± 7.3%; the outflow velocity of the left ventricular or pulmonary valve measured by Doppler was 4...
July 27, 2016: International Heart Journal
Julia Umminger, Michael Reitz, Sebastian V Rojas, Penelope Stiefel, Malakh Shrestha, Axel Haverich, Issam Ismail, Andreas Martens
OBJECTIVES: When composite T-grafting is performed, total arterial revascularization (TAR) can be accomplished with only two grafts. There is the belief that composite grafting poses a risk of graft failure due to its single inflow via the left internal thoracic artery (LITA). High surgical quality is essential for left internal thoracic artery preparation, T-grafting and length estimation. We investigated whether the surgeon's experience influences postoperative outcome. METHODS: We analysed the data of 1080 consecutive patients (88% male, age: 62 ± 9 years) who underwent composite T-grafting between 1996 and 2011 in our institution...
July 7, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Kyriakos Anastasiadis, Polychronis Antonitsis, Konstantinos Vranis, Athanassios Kleontas, Christos Asteriou, Vassilios Grosomanidis, Paschalis Tossios, Helena Argiriadou
OBJECTIVES: Perioperative low cardiac output syndrome occurs in 3-14% of patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), leading to significant increase in major morbidity and mortality. Considering the unique pharmacological and pharmacokinetic properties of levosimendan, we conducted a prospective, double-blind, randomized pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of prophylactic levosimendan in patients with impaired left ventricular function undergoing CABG. METHODS: Thirty-two patients undergoing CABG with low left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF ≤ 40%) were randomized to receive either a continuous infusion of levosimendan at a dose of 0...
July 4, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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