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  • 1.
    Ahlsson, Anders
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital. Dept Cardiothorac & Vasc Surg.
    Postoperative atrial fibrillation and stroke-is it time to act?2014In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 69-70Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 2. Ahlsson, Anders
    et al.
    Jideus, Lena
    Albage, Anders
    Kallner, Goran
    Holmgren, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.
    Boano, Gabriella
    Hermansson, Ulf
    Kimblad, Per-Ola
    Schersten, Henrik
    Sjogren, Johan
    Stahle, Elisabeth
    Aberg, Bengt
    Berglin, Eva
    A Swedish consensus on the surgical treatment of concomitant atrial fibrillation2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 4, p. 212-218Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia among patients scheduled for open heart surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to international guidelines, symptomatic and selected asymptomatic patients should be offered concomitant surgical AF ablation in conjunction with valvular or coronary surgery. The gold standard in AF surgery is the Cox Maze III ("cut-and-sew") procedure, with surgical incisions in both atria according to a specified pattern, in order to prevent AF reentry circuits from developing. Over 90% of patients treated with the Cox Maze III procedure are free of AF after 1 year. Recent developments in ablation technology have introduced several energy sources capable of creating nonconducting atrial wall lesions. In addition, simplified lesion patterns have been suggested, but results with these techniques have been unsatisfactory. There is a clear need for standardization in AF surgery. The Swedish Arrhythmia Surgery Group, represented by surgeons from all Swedish units for cardiothoracic surgery, has therefore reached a consensus on surgical treatment of concomitant AF. This consensus emphasizes adherence to the lesion pattern in the Cox Maze III procedure and the use of biatrial lesions in nonparoxysmal AF.

  • 3.
    Ahlsson, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro University Hospital.
    Jideus, Lena
    Uppsala University Hospital .
    Albåge, Anders
    Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm.
    Källner, Göran
    Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm.
    Holmgren, Anders
    Umeå University Hospital .
    Boano, Gabriella
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting.
    Hermansson, Ulf
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Kimblad, Per-Ola
    Lund University Hospital.
    Schersten, Henrik
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg.
    Sjögren, Johan
    Lund University Hospital .
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University Hospital.
    Åberg, Bengt
    Blekinge Hospital, Karskrona, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg.
    Berglin, Eva
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg.
    A Swedish consensus on the surgical treatment of concomitant atrial fibrillation2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 4, p. 212-218Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia among patients scheduled for open heart surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to international guidelines, symptomatic and selected asymptomatic patients should be offered concomitant surgical AF ablation in conjunction with valvular or coronary surgery. The gold standard in AF surgery is the Cox Maze III ("cut-and-sew") procedure, with surgical incisions in both atria according to a specified pattern, in order to prevent AF reentry circuits from developing. Over 90% of patients treated with the Cox Maze III procedure are free of AF after 1 year. Recent developments in ablation technology have introduced several energy sources capable of creating nonconducting atrial wall lesions. In addition, simplified lesion patterns have been suggested, but results with these techniques have been unsatisfactory. There is a clear need for standardization in AF surgery. The Swedish Arrhythmia Surgery Group, represented by surgeons from all Swedish units for cardiothoracic surgery, has therefore reached a consensus on surgical treatment of concomitant AF. This consensus emphasizes adherence to the lesion pattern in the Cox Maze III procedure and the use of biatrial lesions in nonparoxysmal AF.

  • 4.
    Ahlsson, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Jidéus, Lena
    Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Albåge, Anders
    Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Källner, Göran
    Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Holmgren, Anders
    Umeå University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden.
    Boano, Gabriella
    Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
    Hermansson, Ulf
    Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
    Kimblad, Per-Ola
    Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Scherstén, Henrik
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Sjögren, Johan
    Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden.
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Åberg, Bengt
    Blekinge Hospital, Karlskrona, Sweden; Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Berglin, Eva
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    A Swedish consensus on the surgical treatment of concomitant atrial fibrillation2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 4, p. 212-218Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia among patients scheduled for open heart surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to international guidelines, symptomatic and selected asymptomatic patients should be offered concomitant surgical AF ablation in conjunction with valvular or coronary surgery. The gold standard in AF surgery is the Cox Maze III ("cut-and-sew") procedure, with surgical incisions in both atria according to a specified pattern, in order to prevent AF reentry circuits from developing. Over 90% of patients treated with the Cox Maze III procedure are free of AF after 1 year. Recent developments in ablation technology have introduced several energy sources capable of creating nonconducting atrial wall lesions. In addition, simplified lesion patterns have been suggested, but results with these techniques have been unsatisfactory. There is a clear need for standardization in AF surgery. The Swedish Arrhythmia Surgery Group, represented by surgeons from all Swedish units for cardiothoracic surgery, has therefore reached a consensus on surgical treatment of concomitant AF. This consensus emphasizes adherence to the lesion pattern in the Cox Maze III procedure and the use of biatrial lesions in nonparoxysmal AF.

  • 5. Ahlsson, Anders
    et al.
    Jidéus, Lena
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Albåge, Anders
    Källner, Göran
    Holmgren, Anders
    Boano, Gabriella
    Hermansson, Ulf
    Kimblad, Per-Ola
    Scherstén, Henrik
    Sjögren, Johan
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Åberg, Bengt
    Berglin, Eva
    A Swedish consensus on the surgical treatment of concomitant atrial fibrillation2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 4, p. 212-218Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia among patients scheduled for open heart surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to international guidelines, symptomatic and selected asymptomatic patients should be offered concomitant surgical AF ablation in conjunction with valvular or coronary surgery. The gold standard in AF surgery is the Cox Maze III ("cut-and-sew") procedure, with surgical incisions in both atria according to a specified pattern, in order to prevent AF reentry circuits from developing. Over 90% of patients treated with the Cox Maze III procedure are free of AF after 1 year. Recent developments in ablation technology have introduced several energy sources capable of creating nonconducting atrial wall lesions. In addition, simplified lesion patterns have been suggested, but results with these techniques have been unsatisfactory. There is a clear need for standardization in AF surgery. The Swedish Arrhythmia Surgery Group, represented by surgeons from all Swedish units for cardiothoracic surgery, has therefore reached a consensus on surgical treatment of concomitant AF. This consensus emphasizes adherence to the lesion pattern in the Cox Maze III procedure and the use of biatrial lesions in nonparoxysmal AF.

  • 6.
    Ahlsson, Anders
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
    Linde, Peter
    Rask, Peter
    Englund, Anders
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
    Atrial function after epicardial microwave ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation2008In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 192-201Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: To study epicardial microwave ablation of concomitant atrial fibrillation and its effects on heart rhythm and atrial function during follow-up. DESIGN: The study included 20 open-heart surgery patients with concomitant atrial fibrillation. Transthoracic echocardiography with flow and tissue Doppler recordings was performed preoperatively and at 6 months postoperatively. Blood samples were obtained preoperatively and postoperatively for analysis of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), and amino terminal precursor of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). RESULTS: Fourteen of 19 patients (74%) were in sinus rhythm with no antiarrhythmic drugs at 12 months. All patients in sinus rhythm had preserved left and right atrial-filling waves through atrioventricular valves during atrial contraction. Tissue velocity echocardiography on patients in sinus rhythm showed preserved atrial wall velocities, atrial strain, and atrial strain rate. Levels of natriuretic peptides tended to decrease in patients with stable sinus rhythm at one year compared to patients in atrial fibrillation. CONCLUSIONS: Epicardial microwave ablation results in sinus rhythm in a majority of patients and seems to preserve atrial mechanical function

  • 7. Ahmed, Kamran
    et al.
    Rask, Peter
    Hurtig-Wennlöf, Anita
    Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
    Serum apolipoproteins, apoB/apoA-I ratio and objectively measured physical activity in elderly2011In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 105-111Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Several studies have suggested that subjectively reported physical activity is associated with favorable apolipoproteins and apoB/apoA-I ratio but this association has not been studied much in elderly, and seldom with objective methods. The specific aim of the current study was to increase our understanding of the association between objectively measured physical activity, and apolipoproteins and apoB/apoA-I ratio in elderly subjects.

    Design: In a long-term follow-up of coronary artery bypass graft surgery patients, a total of 89 subjects (55?88 years old) were recruited. Peak oxygen uptake was measured by ergospirometry and physical activity by accelerometry. Subjects were divided into two groups based on their activity levels (i.e. more or less than 30 minutes of moderate activity per day).

    Results: Only 26% (23/89) of participants achieved the recommended 30 min/day of moderate intensity activity. Objectively measured physical activity was associated with higher apolipoprotein A-I levels and smaller apoB/apoAI ratio and lower body mass index, whereas no significant association with apolipoprotein B was observed.

    Conclusion: The significant association of objectively measured physical activity with favorable apolipoprotein A-I levels and a apoB/apoA-I ratio stresses the importance of being physically active.

  • 8.
    Alström, Ulrica
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Granath, Fredrik
    Friberg, Orjan
    Ekbom, Anders
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Risk factors for re-exploration due to bleeding after coronary artery bypass grafting2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 39-44Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. The study aimed to investigate relevant clinical risk factors for re-exploration due to bleeding after primary coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, and to evaluate the influence of antiplatelet and antifibrinolytic drugs. Design. Three retrospective analyses were performed on patients who underwent CABG: (1) Logistic regression was used to identify clinical risk factors for re-exploration (n = 3000). (2) A case-control study (n = 228) was used to obtain information on exposure of antithrombotic and hemostatic therapy. (3) Based on exposure to antiplatelet and antifibrinolytic therapy, and odds ratios (ORs) in multivariate logistic models, the proportion of re-explorations attributed to these drugs was calculated. Results. A receiver operating characteristic curve was created for clinical risk factors. The C-index was 0.64, indicating limited ability to predict re-exploration for bleeding. Clopidogrel was the only drug influencing the risk of re-exploration (OR 3.2, 95% CI 1.7-5.9). The harmful effect of clopidogrel was confirmed in multivariate model (OR 4.7, 95% CI 2.2-9.9), and aprotinin had a protective effect of the same magnitude (OR 0.2, 95% CI 0.1-0.6). Conclusions. Clopidogrel is an essential risk factor for re-exploration due to bleeding, and attributable to at least one-quarter of surveyed cases. Aside from pharmaceuticals, there are no strong clinical risk factors.

  • 9.
    Alström, Ulrica
    et al.
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Anesthesiology, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Granath, Fredrik
    Department of Medicine Solna, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Friberg, Örjan
    Örebro University Hospital. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
    Ekbom, Anders
    Department of Medicine Solna, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Anesthesiology, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Risk factors for re-exploration due to bleeding after coronary artery bypass grafting2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 39-44Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: The study aimed to investigate relevant clinical risk factors for re-exploration due to bleeding after primary coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, and to evaluate the influence of antiplatelet and antifibrinolytic drugs.

    Design: Three retrospective analyses were performed on patients who underwent CABG: (1) Logistic regression was used to identify clinical risk factors for re-exploration (n = 3000). (2) A case-control study (n = 228) was used to obtain information on exposure of antithrombotic and hemostatic therapy. (3) Based on exposure to antiplatelet and antifibrinolytic therapy, and odds ratios (ORs) in multivariate logistic models, the proportion of re-explorations attributed to these drugs was calculated.

    Results: A receiver operating characteristic curve was created for clinical risk factors. The C-index was 0.64, indicating limited ability to predict re-exploration for bleeding. Clopidogrel was the only drug influencing the risk of re-exploration (OR 3.2, 95% CI 1.7-5.9). The harmful effect of clopidogrel was confirmed in multivariate model (OR 4.7, 95% CI 2.2-9.9), and aprotinin had a protective effect of the same magnitude (OR 0.2, 95% CI 0.1-0.6).

    Conclusions: Clopidogrel is an essential risk factor for re-exploration due to bleeding, and attributable to at least one-quarter of surveyed cases. Aside from pharmaceuticals, there are no strong clinical risk factors.

  • 10.
    Aneq Åström, Meriam
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Fluur, Christina
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Rehnberg, Malin
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Söderkvist, Peter
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Cell Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Engvall, Jan
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Gunnarsson, Cecilia
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Pathology and Clinical Genetics.
    Novel plakophilin2 mutation. Three generation family with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 72-75Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The autosomal dominant form of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)has been linked to mutations in desmosomal proteins. Different studies have shown that amutation in plakophilin-2 (PKP 2) is a frequent genetic cause for ARVC. We describe a newmutation in the PKP2 gene, the genotype-phenotype variation in this mutation and its clinicalconsequences.

    Design: Individuals in a three generation family were investigated after the sudden cardiac death of a young male. Clinical evaluation, electrocardiography, echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, endomyocardial biopsy and genetic testing were performed.

    Results: A novel heterozygote mutation, a c.368G>A transition, located in exon 3 of the PKP2 gene was found (p.Trp123X). The phenotype was characterized by arrhythmia at an early age in some individuals, with mild abnormalities on imaging. However a relative carrying this mutation, with positive findings on endomyocardial biopsy had an otherwise normal phenotype, for 16 years, whereas a relative fulfilling the modified Task Force Criteria for ARVC turned out to be a non-carrier.

    Conclusions: This shows the variable penetrance and phenotypic expression in ARVC and highlights the need of genetic testing as well as a thorough phenotype examination as a part of the investigations in ARVC pedigrees.

  • 11.
    Appel, Carl-Fredrik
    et al.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Hultkvist, Henrik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology UHL.
    Ahn, Henrik Casimir
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nielsen, Niels Erik
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Freter, Wolfgang
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Vánky, Farkas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Transcatheter versus surgical treatment for aortic stenosis: Patient selection and early outcome2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 5, p. 301-307Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. To describe short-term clinical and echocardiography outcomes in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). To explore patient selection criteria for treatment with TAVI. Design. TAVI patients (n = 45) were matched to SAVR patients (n = 45) with respect to age within +/- 10 years, sex and systolic left ventricular function. Results. TAVI patients were older, 82 +/- 8 versus 78 +/- 5 years (p = 0.005) and they had higher logEuroSCORE, 16 +/- 11% versus 8 +/- 4% (p andlt; 0.001). There were no significant differences in 30 days mortality, stroke and myocardial infarction. TAVI patients received less erythrocyte (53% vs. 78%, p = 0.03) and thrombocyte (7% vs. 27%, p = 0.02) transfusions. Postoperative atrial fibrillation was less common (18% vs. 60%, p andlt; 0.001) in the TAVI group. Paravalvular regurgitation was more common in TAVI patients (87% vs. 0%, p andlt; 0.001) and 27% had access site complications. Aortic transvalvular velocity was 2.3 +/- 0.4 m/s versus 2.6 +/- 0.5 m/s (p = 0.002) and mean valve pressure gradient was 12 +/- 4 mmHg versus 15 +/- 5 mmHg (p = 0.01) in the TAVI and SAVR groups, respectively. Twenty-nine (64%) of the TAVI patients had logEuroSCORE andlt; 15%. Conclusions. Both TAVI and SAVR have good short term clinical outcome with excellent hemodynamic result. In clinical practice, factors other than high logEuroSCORE play an important role in patient selection for TAVI.

  • 12. Bagge, L.
    et al.
    Borowiec, Jan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Thelin, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Hultman, Jan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Haemostasis at low heparin dosage during cardiopulmonary bypass with heparin-coated circuits pigs1997In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 31, no 6, p. 275-281Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) causes activation of cascade systems. Although heparin coating of CPB circuits improves biocompatibility, the effects on coagulation remain controversial. Theoretically, heparin coating should permit the reduction of systemic anticoagulation during CPB. We investigated influences on haemostatic variables in animal CPB, comparing heparin-coated circuits and reduced systemic heparinization (group HC) with uncoated circuits and full heparinization (group C). Twenty pigs underwent 2-h CPB. Seven (HC, n = 4; C, n = 3) were weaned from CPB and studied for up to 4 h. Total administered heparin was 470 +/- 6 IU/kg (mean +/- SEM) in group C and 100 +/- 0 IU/kg in group HC. Protamine dosage was significantly reduced in group HC. In group C, levels of prothrombin complex, factor VIII and adhesive platelets were reduced significantly during CPB, and postoperatively there were significantly lower values of prothrombin complex, fibrinogen antithrombin III, factor VIII and adhesive platelets but a significantly increased concentration of von Willebrand factor and cumulative bleeding after 4 h. In conclusion, heparin-coated CPB circuits combined with lowered heparin dosage reduced coagulation factor consumption and preserved platelet function, possibly contributing to improved postoperative haemostasis.

  • 13.
    Bajraktari, Gani
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Rönn, Folke
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Ibrahimi, Pranvera
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Jashari, Fisnik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Lindmark, Krister
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Jensen, Steen M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Henein, Michael Y
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Combined electrical and global markers of dyssynchrony predict clinical response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy2014In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 48, no 5, p. 304-310Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    AIM: To assess potential additional value of global left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony markers in predicting cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) response in heart failure (HF) patients. METHODS: We included 103 HF patients (mean age 67 +/- 12 years, 83% male) who fulfilled the guidelines criteria for CRT treatment. All patients had undergone full clinical assessment, NT-proBNP and echocardiographic examination. Global LV dyssynchrony was assessed using total isovolumic time (t-IVT) and Tei index. On the basis of reduction in the NYHA class after CRT, patients were divided into responders and non-responders. RESULTS: Prolonged t-IVT [0.878 (range, 0.802-0.962), p = 0.005], long QRS duration [0.978 (range, 0.960-0.996), p = 0.02] and high tricuspid regurgitation pressure drop [1.047 (range, 1.001-1.096), p = 0.046] independently predicted response to CRT. A t-IVT >= 11.6 s/min was 67% sensitive and 62% specifi c (AUC 0.69, p = 0.001) in predicting CRT response. Respective values for a QRS >= 151 ms were 66% and 62% (AUC 0.65, p = 0.01). Combining the two variables had higher specifi city (88%) in predicting CRT response. In atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, only prolonged t-IVT [0.690 (range, 0.509 -0.937), p = 0.03] independently predicted CRT response. CONCLUSION: Combining prolonged t-IVT and the conventionally used broad QRS duration has a significantly higher specifi city in identifying patients likely to respond to CRT. Moreover, in AF patients, only prolonged t-IVT independently predicted CRT response.

  • 14. Berg, K.
    et al.
    Haaverstad, R.
    Astudillo, R.
    Björngaard, M.
    Skarra, S.
    Wiseth, R.
    Basu, Samar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
    Jynge, P.
    Oxidative stress during coronary artery bypass operations: Importance of surgical trauma and drug treatment2006In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 40, no 5, p. 291-297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. To investigate oxidative stress and myocardial injury at different stages of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Design. Twenty patients underwent CABG with use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and with intermittent sampling of plasma and urine. Main markers were: 8-iso-PGF(2 alpha) (oxidative stress); troponin T (myocardial injury); and 15-keto-dihydro-PGF2 alpha and hsCRP (inflammation). Results. Plasma 8-iso-PGF2 alpha increased after start of surgery, but there was no further rise during CPB or after aortic cross-clamp release and no significant myocardial arterio-venous differences. An increase in troponin T was seen early after the operation, but no relationship was established between 8-iso-PGF2 alpha and troponin T. 8-iso-PGF2 alpha levels were elevated by preoperative withdrawal of acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) but reduced by intraoperative use of heparin. 15-keto-dihydro-PGF2 alpha was elevated during operation and hsCRP following operation. Conclusions. In the present study oxidative stress was multifactorial in origin with main impacts from surgical trauma, less from CPB and little if any from myocardial ischemia-reperfusion events. In addition, cardiovascular drugs in common use like ASA and heparin seemed to influence the pro- and antioxidant balance, a finding that has to be confirmed in future studies.

  • 15. Berggren, H
    et al.
    Ekroth, R
    Herlitz, Johan
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Hjalmarson, Å
    Schlossman, D
    Waldenström, A
    Waldenström, J
    William Olsson, C
    Myocardial Protective Effect of Maintained Beta-Blockade in Aorto-Coronary Bypass Surgery1983In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 29-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Twenty-nine patients were randomly allocated to two groups before undergoing aorto-coronary bypass surgery. In one group the beta-blocking medication was withdrawn three days preoperatively, and in the other group it was maintained. The patients in the latter group were additionally given 100 mg metoprolol per os two hours before surgery. The degree of myocardial injury, as judged from cumulated activity of S-CK B, was less when the beta-blockade was maintained.

  • 16.
    Berglund, Ulf
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Nilsson, Lennart
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Janzon, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Abciximab bolus with optional infusion in intervention for ST-elevation myocardial infarction2013In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 230-235Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. The standard abciximab regimen is a bolus dose followed by a 12-h infusion. Whether the bolus dose alone is sufficient for ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients receiving a high loading dose of clopidogrel is unknown. Design. In an observational study, 693 consecutive patients were treated with abciximab during percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Totally 354 patients received standard strategy of abciximab bolus and infusion followed by 339 patients that recieved abciximab bolus only (271 patients) or bolus and infusion if suboptimal result (68 patients) in combination with a higher loading dose of clopidogrel (600 mg) the modified strategy. Results. The two groups were similar regarding baseline characteristics and in hospital bleeding events. At 30 days, the composite of death, re-infarction or target vessel revascularization was 9.1% in the standard and 7.5% in the modified strategy (p = 0.45). The rate of stent thrombosis was lower in the modified strategy group with 0% and 2.3% in the standard group (pandlt;0.001) and the mean total medical cost was lower in the modified strategy group with 8032 and 8665 in the standard group (pandlt;0.001). Conclusions. In primary percutaneous coronary intervention with a loading dose of 600 mg clopidogrel, it seems safe and cost-saving to give abciximab bolus with optional infusion.

  • 17. Blyme, Adam
    et al.
    Asferg, Camilla
    Nielsen, Olav W.
    Boman, Kurt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Gohlke-Baerwolf, Christa
    Wachtell, Kristian
    Olsen, Michael H.
    Increased hsCRP is associated with higher risk of aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis2016In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 50, no 3, p. 138-145Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective To investigate relations between inflammation and aortic valve stenosis (AS) by measuring high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, at baseline (hsCRP(0)) and after 1year (hsCRP(1)) and exploring associations with aortic valve replacement (AVR). Design We examined 1423 patients from the Simvastatin and Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis study. Results During first year of treatment, hsCRP was reduced both in patients later receiving AVR (2.3 [0.9-4.9] to 1.8 [0.8-5.4] mg/l, p<0.001) and not receiving AVR (1.90 [0.90-4.10] to 1.3 [0.6-2.9] mg/l, p<0.001). In Cox-regression analyses, hsCRP(1) predicted later AVR (HR=1.17, p<0.001) independently of hsCRP(0) (HR=0.96, p=0.33), aortic valve area (AVA) and other risk factors. A higher rate of AVR was observed in the group with high hsCRP(0) and an increase during the first year (AVR(highCRP0CRP1inc)=47.3% versus AVR(highCRP0CRP1dec)=27.5%, p<0.01). The prognostic benefit of a 1-year reduction in hsCRP was larger in patients with high versus low hsCRP(0) eliminating the difference in incidence of AVR between high versus low hsCRP(0) (AVR(highCRP0CRP1dec)=27.5% versus AVR(lowCRP0CRP1dec)=25.8%, p=0.66) in patients with reduced hsCRP during the first year. Conclusions High hsCRP(1) or an increase in hsCRP during the first year of follow-up predicted later AVR independently of AVA, age, gender and other risk factors, although no significant improvement in C-statistics was observed.

  • 18.
    Boano, Gabriella
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Åström Aneq, Meriam
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Kemppi, Jennie
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Vánky, Farkas
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
    Cox-maze IV cryoablation and postoperative heart failure in mitral valve surgery patients2017In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 15-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: The indications for and the risk and benefit of concomitant surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) have not been fully delineated. Our aim was to survey whether the Cox-maze IV procedure is associated with postoperative heart failure (PHF) or other adverse short-term outcomes after mitral valve surgery (MVS).

    DESIGN: Consecutive patients with AF undergoing MVS with (n = 50) or without (n = 66) concomitant Cox-maze IV cryoablation were analysed regarding perioperative data and one-year mortality.

    RESULTS: The patients in the Maze group were younger, were in lower NYHA classes, had better right ventricular function and had lower pulmonary artery pressure. The Maze group had 30 min longer median cross-clamp time (CCT) and 50% had PHF compared with 33% in the No-maze group, p = 0.09. Two patients in the No-maze group died within one year of surgery. Congestive heart failure (OR 4.3 [CI 95%: 1.8-10], p < 0.0001) and CCT (OR 1.03 [CI 95%: 1.01-1.04], p = 0.001) were associated with PHF.

    CONCLUSION: The current data cannot exclude that concomitant cryoablation increases the risk for PHF, possibly by increasing the cross clamp time.

  • 19.
    Boivie, Patrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences.
    Hansson, Magnus
    Engström, Karl Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Aortic plaque distribution in relation to cross-clamp and cannulation procedures during cardiac surgery2007In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 41, no 2, p. 120-125Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Boivie, Patrik
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Hand Surgery.
    Hedberg, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Engström, Karl Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Size distribution of embolic material produced at aortic cross-clamp manipulation2010In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 44, no 6, p. 367-372Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The association between aortic atherosclerosis and neurological damage during cardiac surgery is well recognized. The purpose was here to analyze the size distribution of particles produced at cross-clamp manipulation of the ascending aorta.

    Design: A human cadaveric aortic perfusion model of retrograde design was applied (n 27). With this model, washout samples were collected from the pressurized ascending aorta during cross clamp manipulation. Before the experiment, the aorta was flushed to remove debris and with a baseline sample collected. The cross-clamp was opened to collect ten repeated aliquots with dislodged particles. Collected washout samples were evaluated by digital image analysis and microscopy.

    Results: Cross-clamping produced a significant output of particles, which was seen for size intervals of 1 mm and smaller (p 0.002 to p 0.022). In all size intervals the particle output correlated with the degree of overall aortic calcification(p 0.002 to p 0.025). The model generated substantially more small-size particles than large debris (p 0.010).

    Conclusions: Aortic clamping was here verified to dislodge aortic debris which correlated with the degree of observed calcification. Macroscopic particles were few. In contrast, cross-clamping produced substantial numbers of small-size particles. These findings emphasize microembolic risks associated with cross-clamping of atherosclerotic vessels.

  • 21.
    Boles, Usama
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Zhao, Ying
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Rakhit, Roby
    Shiu, Man Fi
    Papachristidis, Alexandros
    David, Santosh
    Koganti, Sudheer
    Gilbert, Timothy
    Henein, Michael Y.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Cardiology.
    Patterns of coronary artery ectasia and short-term outcome in acute myocardial infarction2014In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 48, no 3, p. 161-166Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. To assess the relationship between hematological inflammatory signs, cardiovascular risk (CV) factors and prognosis in patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and coronary artery ectasia (CAE). Design. We investigated 3321 AMI patients who required urgent primary percutaneous intervention in two centres in the United Kingdom between January 2009 and August 2012. Thirty patients with CAE were compared with 60 age-and gender-matched controls. Blood was collected within 2 h of the onset of chest pain. CV risk factors were assessed from the records. Major acute cardiac events and/or mortality (MACE) over 2 years were documented. Results. CAE occurred in 2.7% and more often affected the right (RCA) (p = 0.001) and left circumflex artery (LCx) (0.0001). Culprit lesions were more frequently related to atherosclerosis in non-CAE patients (p = 0.001). Yet, CV risk factors failed to differentiate between the groups, except diabetes, which was less frequent in CAE (p = 0.02). CRP was higher in CAE (p = 0.006), whereas total leucocyte, neutrophil counts and neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (N/L ratio) were lower (p = 0.002, 0.002 and 0.032, respectively) than among non-CAE. This also was the case in diffuse versus localised CAE (p = 0.02, 0.008 and 0.03, respectively). The MACE incidence did not differ between CAE and non-CAE (p = 0.083) patients, and clinical management and MACE were unrelated to the inflammatory markers. Conclusion. In AMI, patients with CAE commonly have aneurysmal changes in RCA and LCx, and their inflammatory responses differ from those with non-CAE. These differences did not have prognostic relevance, and do not suggest different management.

  • 22.
    Braun, Oscar O.
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Sweden; Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Johan
    Skane Univ Hosp, Sweden; Lund Univ, Sweden.
    Gustafsson, Finn
    Rigshosp, Denmark.
    Dellgren, Goran
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Fiane, Arnt E.
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Norway; Univ Oslo, Norway.
    Lemstrom, Karl
    Helsinki Univ Hosp, Finland.
    Hübbert, Laila
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Hellgren, Laila
    Uppsala Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Lund, Lars H.
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden; Karolinska Univ Hosp, Sweden.
    Continuous-flow LVADs in the Nordic countries: complications and mortality and its predictors2019In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 14-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess complications and mortality and its predictors, with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) in the Nordic Countries. Design: This was a retrospective, international, multicenter cohort study. Results: Between 1993 and 2013, 442 surgically implanted long-term mechanical assist devices were used among 8 centers in the Nordic countries. Of those, 238 were CF-LVADs (HVAD or HeartMate II) implanted in patients amp;gt;18 years with complete data. Postoperative complications and survival were compared and Cox proportion hazard regression analysis was used to identify predictors of mortality. The overall Kaplan-Meier survival rate was 75% at 1 year, 69% at 2 years and 63% at 3 years. A planned strategy of destination therapy had poorer survival compared to a strategy of bridge to transplantation or decision (2-year survival of 41% vs. 76%, p amp;lt; .001). The most common complications were non-driveline infections (excluding sepsis) (44%), driveline infection (27%), need for continuous renal replacement therapy (25%) and right heart failure (24%). In a multivariate model age and left ventricular diastolic dimension was left as independent risk factors for mortality with a hazard ratio of 1.35 (95% confidence interval (CI) [1.01-1.80], p = .046) per 10 years and 0.88 (95% CI [0.72-0.99], p = .044) per 5 mm, respectively. Conclusion: Outcome with CF LVAD in the Nordic countries was comparable to other cohorts. Higher age and destination therapy require particularly stringent selection.

  • 23.
    Braun, Oscar Ö.
    et al.
    Lund Univ, Dept Clin Sci, Cardiol, Lund, Sweden;Skane Univ Hosp, Lund, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Johan
    Skane Univ Hosp, Lund, Sweden;Lund Univ, Dept Cardiothorac Surg, Cardiothorac Surg, Lund, Sweden.
    Gustafsson, Finn
    Rigshosp, Dept Cardiol, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Dellgren, Goran
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiothorac Surg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fiane, Arnt E.
    Oslo Univ Hosp, Dept Cardiothorac Surg, Oslo, Norway;Univ Oslo, Fac Med, Oslo, Norway.
    Lemstrom, Karl
    Helsinki Univ Hosp, Cardiothorac Surg Heart & Lung Ctr, Helsinki, Finland.
    Hubbert, Laila
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Hellgren, Laila
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Lund, Lars H.
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Karolinska Inst, Dept Med, Stockholm, Sweden;Karolinska Univ Hosp, Heart & Vasc Theme, Dept Med, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Continuous-flow LVADs in the Nordic countries: complications and mortality and its predictors2019In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 14-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess complications and mortality and its predictors, with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) in the Nordic Countries.

    Design: This was a retrospective, international, multicenter cohort study.

    Results: Between 1993 and 2013, 442 surgically implanted long-term mechanical assist devices were used among 8 centers in the Nordic countries. Of those, 238 were CF-LVADs (HVAD or HeartMate II) implanted in patients >18 years with complete data. Postoperative complications and survival were compared and Cox proportion hazard regression analysis was used to identify predictors of mortality. The overall Kaplan-Meier survival rate was 75% at 1 year, 69% at 2 years and 63% at 3 years. A planned strategy of destination therapy had poorer survival compared to a strategy of bridge to transplantation or decision (2-year survival of 41% vs. 76%, p < .001). The most common complications were non-driveline infections (excluding sepsis) (44%), driveline infection (27%), need for continuous renal replacement therapy (25%) and right heart failure (24%). In a multivariate model age and left ventricular diastolic dimension was left as independent risk factors for mortality with a hazard ratio of 1.35 (95% confidence interval (CI) [1.01-1.80], p = .046) per 10 years and 0.88 (95% CI [0.72-0.99], p = .044) per 5 mm, respectively.

    Conclusion: Outcome with CF LVAD in the Nordic countries was comparable to other cohorts. Higher age and destination therapy require particularly stringent selection.

  • 24.
    Carlén, Anna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Gustafsson, Mikael
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Åström, Meriam
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Clinical Physiology in Linköping.
    Exercise-induced ST depression in an asymptomatic population without coronary artery disease2019In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 53, no 4, p. 206-212Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. Exercise electrocardiogram (ExECG) in low risk populations frequently generates false positive ST depression. We aimed to characterize factors that are associated with exercise-induced ST depression in asymptomatic men without coronary artery disease. Design. Cycle ergometer exercise tests from 509 male firefighters without imaging proof of significant coronary artery disease were analysed. Analysed test data included heart rate at rest before exercise, and workload, blood pressure, heart rate, ST depression and ST segment slope at peak exercise. ST depression of amp;gt;0.1 mV was considered significant (STdep). With a mean follow-up of 6.1 +/- 1.7 years, medical records were reviewed for cardiovascular diagnoses, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Logistic regression analysis was used for risk assessment. Results. In total, 22% had STdep in amp;gt;= 1 lead. Subjects with STdep were older than those with normal ExECG (p amp;lt; .001). Downsloping STdep was more common in extremity leads (9%) than in precordial leads (2%). STdep was categorized according to location (precordial/extremity) and slope direction into eight categories. Larger age-adjusted heart rate increase predicted STdep in seven categories (p amp;lt; .05). Age-adjusted peak heart rate correlated with STdep in five categories, predominantly where the ST slope was positive. Peak blood pressure and exercise capacity were both associated with STdep in few categories. We found no association between STdep and hypertension, hyperlipidemia or diabetes (all p amp;gt; .05). Conclusions. In asymptomatic men with a physically demanding occupation and no coronary artery disease, both age and heart rate response were associated with ST depression, whereas common cardiovascular risk factors, blood pressure response and exercise capacity were not.

  • 25.
    Casimir Ahn, Henrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Granfeldt, Hans
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Hübbert, Laila
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.
    Peterzén, Bengt
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Long-term left ventricular support in patients with a mechanical aortic valve2013In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 236-239Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. The presence of a mechanical prosthesis has been regarded as an increased risk of thromboembolic complications and as a relative contraindication for a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Five patients in our center had a mechanical aortic valve at the time of device implantation and were studied regarding thromboembolic complications. Design. Five patients operated upon with an LVAD (1 HeartMate I (TM), 4 HeartMate II (TM)) between 2002 and 2011 had a mechanical aortic valve at the time of implantation. The first patient had a patch closure of the aortic valve. In four patients, the prosthesis was left in place. Anticoagulants included aspirin, warfarin, and clopidogrel. Results. The average and accumulated treatment times were 150 and 752 days, respectively. Three of the five patients showed early signs of valve thrombosis on echo with concomitant valve dysfunction. Four patients were transplanted without thromboembolic events during pump treatment. One patient died from a hemorrhagic stroke after 90 days on the LVAD. Conclusions. The strategy of leaving a mechanical heart valve in place at the time of LVAD implantation in five patients led to valvular thrombosis in three but did not provoke embolic events. It increased the complexity of postoperative anticoagulation.

  • 26.
    Christiansson, Lennart
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Ulus, A. Tulga
    Hellberg, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Bergqvist, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
    Wiklund, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care.
    Karacagil, Sadettin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Increased FiO2 improves intrathecal oxygenation during thoracic aortic cross-clamping in pigs2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 147-150Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of 100% oxygen ventilation on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) oxygenation in 11 pigs during thoracic aortic cross-clamping.

    DESIGN: An aorto-aortic shunt was used for control of central hemodynamics and study of hypoperfusion by exsanguination. CSF PO2, PCO2 and pH were continuously monitored before and during clamping. The changes in hemodynamic parameters and intrathecal gas tensions in response to variations in proximal mean aortic pressure and fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) were recorded.

    RESULTS: Baseline CSF PO2 decreased from 4.8 +/- 1.9 to 2.6 +/- 2.2 kPa following aortic occlusion. Increasing FiO2 to 1.0 resulted in a significant increase in CSF PO2 to 4.1 +/- 3.0 with a return to 2.7 +/- 2.1 kPa after reducing FiO2 to 0.4 again. The same variations in FiO2 did not induce any significant changes in CSF PO2 during hypotension.

    CONCLUSION: Increased FiO2 during experimental thoracic aortic cross-clamping with stable proximal arterial pressure helps to maintain CSF PO2, whereas severe hypotension could not be compensated for by hyperoxemia.

  • 27.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    et al.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Eveling-Barbier, C.
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Nylander, Eva
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Rutberg, Hans
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre.
    Svedjeholm, Rolf
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
    Vectorcardiography is Superior to Conventional ECG for Detection of Myocardial Injury after Coronary Surgery2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 125-128Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective - The reliability of conventional scalar ECG for diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction (PMI) in cardiac surgery has been questioned. For the diagnosis of myocardial infarction in general vectorcardiography (VCG) is superior to ECG. Therefore, the usefulness of conventional VCG and computerized analysis of spatial VCG changes for diagnosis of PMI were studied.

    Design - VCG registrations were obtained from 218 patients undergoing coronary surgery. The spatial QRS vector loop area of each VCG registration was calculated and the loop area before surgery compared with the loop area after surgery. Conventional VCG criteria for myocardial infarction and set values for loop area reduction were related to sustained elevation of plasma troponin-T and clinical course.

    Results - Both conventional VCG criteria and spatial changes translated better than Q-waves on scalar ECG into elevation of biochemical markers of myocardial injury and impaired clinical course.

    Conclusion - VCG appears superior to conventional ECG as regards detection of myocardial injury in coronary surgery. Computerized programs have facilitated the registration and the interpretation of VCG and this methodology deserves further evaluation in cardiac surgery.

  • 28.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Kågedal, Bertil
    Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Olin, Christian
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Rutberg, Hans
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Anaesthesiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Svedjeholm, Rolf
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Early Identification of Permanent Myocardial Damage after Coronary Surgery is Aided by Repeated Measurements of CK-MB2002In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 35-40Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective - ECG diagnosis of myocardial infarction after cardiac surgery is associated with major pitfalls and enzyme diagnosis is interfered by unspecific elevation unrelated to permanent myocardial injury. Sustained release of troponin-T is a marker of permanent myocardial injury if renal function is maintained. However, early identification of perioperative myocardial infarction is desirable and therefore the usefulness of creatine kinase monobasic (CK-MB) kinetics to detect myocardial injury early after coronary surgery was investigated.

    Design - Two hundred and eighty-six patients undergoing coronary surgery were studied with respect to release of enzymes and troponin-T preoperatively and postoperatively 3 and 8 h after unclamping the aorta, and every morning postoperative days 1-4.

    Results - CK-MB peak was found at 3 h ( n = 145), 8 h ( n = 103) and 16-20 h after unclamping ( n = 38). Depending on when the CK-MB peak was recorded different demographic and perioperative characteristics were found. A sustained release of troponin-T was characteristic for the group with the CK-MB peak at 16-20 h after unclamping.

    Conclusion - If CK-MB is measured only once it may be advisable to do it on the first postoperative morning as these measurements provided the best discrimination between patients with and without sustained elevation of troponin-T. However, repeated sampling provides additional information that aids in the early identification of permanent myocardial injury particularly in patients with borderline elevations of CK-MB.

  • 29.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Kågedal, Bertil
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Clinical Chemistry. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Clinical Chemistry.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Olin, Christian
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery.
    Rutberg, Hans
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Anaesthesiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Svedjeholm, Rolf
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Unspecific elevation of plasma troponin-T and CK-MB after coronary surgery2003In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 37, no 5, p. 283-287Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective - Biochemical markers of myocardial injury are frequently elevated after cardiac surgery. It is generally accepted that release unrelated to permanent myocardial damage explains a proportion of these elevations. However, little is known about the magnitude and temporal characteristics of this diagnostic noise. One way to address this issue would be to study a group without permanent myocardial injury. Design - The unique release kinetics of troponin-T (permanent myocardial injury causes a sustained release of structurally bound troponin) were used to identify patients with no or minimal permanent myocardial injury. Blood was sampled from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) before surgery, 3 and 8 h after unclamping the aorta, and each morning until postoperative day 4, for analysis of enzymes and troponin-T. From 302 consecutive patients a subgroup was identified that fulfilled the following criteria: (a) normalized troponin-T levels =postoperative day 4, (b) no ECG changes indicating myocardial injury. Results - Seventy-seven patients fulfilled the criteria above and in this subgroup troponin-T (2.08 ▒ 1.42 ╡g/ 1, range 0.35-8.99 ╡g/l) peaked at the 3 h recording and creatine kinase monobasic (CK-MB) (28.6 ▒ 11.3 ╡g/l, range 11.9-86.0 ╡g/l) peaked at the 8 h recording after unclamping the aorta. Conclusion - Substantial early elevations of plasma CK-MB and troponin-T occurred in patients with no or minimal permanent myocardial injury after CABG. Unspecific release was most pronounced during the timeframe that is usually studied to evaluate myocardial protective strategies or to compare revascularization procedures.

  • 30.
    Dahlin, Lars-Göran
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Olin, Christian
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Svedjeholm, Rolf
    Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Perioperative myocardial infarction in cardiac surgery - risk factors and consequences: a case control study2000In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 34, no 5, p. 522-527Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. The aim of the study was to analyze risk factors and clinical outcome in patients sustaining perioperative myocardial infarction (PMI) after cardiac surgery.

    Design. A retrospective, case control study was conducted, in which 42 patients fulfilling both Q-wave criteria and enzyme criteria for PMI, or autopsy diagnosis, from a cohort of 1147 operated on during the same time period were compared with matched controls. A follow-up by telephone interview was conducted, on average 24 months after the operation.

    Results. Unstable angina, peripheral vascular disease, short stature and low body weight were more prevalent in the PMI group. Intraoperative remarks of poor quality coronary vessels and incomplete revascularization were more frequent in the PMI group, 30-day mortality was 24% in the PMI group vs 0% in the control group (p < 0.01). The postoperative course was more complicated and protracted in the PMI group. At follow-up, the control group managed significantly better with regard to freedom from angina and the need for nitroglycerine. However, 24 of the 30 survivors in the PMI group reported an improved quality of life after surgery.

    Conclusions. We found that PMI was mainly associated with coronary surgery and that unstable angina was the most important preoperative risk factor for PMI. Poorer conditions for revascularization may explain some of the infarcts and could also contribute to the impaired long-term outcome in the PMI group.

  • 31. Dahlin, LG
    et al.
    Ebeling Barbier, Charlotte
    Nylander, E
    Rutberg, H
    Svedjeholm, R
    Vectorcardiography is superior to conventional ECG for detection ofmyocardial injury after coronary surgery2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 125-128Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE:

    The reliability of conventional scalar ECG for diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction (PMI) in cardiac surgery has been questioned. For the diagnosis of myocardial infarction in general vectorcardiography (VCG) is superior to ECG. Therefore, the usefulness of conventional VCG and computerized analysis of spatial VCG changes for diagnosis of PMI were studied.

    DESIGN:

    VCG registrations were obtained from 218 patients undergoing coronary surgery. The spatial QRS vector loop area of each VCG registration was calculated and the loop area before surgery compared with the loop area after surgery. Conventional VCG criteria for myocardial infarction and set values for loop area reduction were related to sustained elevation of plasma troponin-T and clinical course.

    RESULTS:

    Both conventional VCG criteria and spatial changes translated better than Q-waves on scalar ECG into elevation of biochemical markers of myocardial injury and impaired clinical course.

    CONCLUSION:

    VCG appears superior to conventional ECG as regards detection of myocardial injury in coronary surgery. Computerized programs have facilitated the registration and the interpretation of VCG and this methodology deserves further evaluation in cardiac surgery.

  • 32. Duttaroy, Smita
    et al.
    Thorell, Daniel
    Karlsson, Lena
    Börjesson, Mats
    Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences.
    A single-bout of one-hour spinning exercise increases troponin T in healthy subjects.2012In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 2-6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: While long-term endurance exercise is known to increase cardiac biomarkers, only a few studies on short-term exercise and these markers have been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the acute effects of a one-hour bicycle spinning on cardiac biomarkers in healthy individuals.

    DESIGN: Serum levels of high-sensitive troponin T (TnT), creatinine kinase MB fraction (CK-MB), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), creatinine kinase (CK) and myoglobin were measured at baseline, 1 and 24 hour after one hour of spinning exercise in ten healthy and fit (age 31.0 ± 6.6 years) individuals.

    RESULTS: TnT doubled one hour post-exercise (All values ≤ 5 - 9.7 ± 6.0 ng/L, p < 0.001). Two individuals had TnT levels above upper reference limit, URL (20.7 and 20.2 ng/L, URL = 12 ng/L). Myoglobin levels increased 72% one hour post-exercise (38 ± 20 - 66 ± 41 mg/L, p < 0.02). TnT and myoglobin levels returned to baseline 24 hour post-exercise. Serum levels of CK-MB, NT-proBNP and CK were not significantly changed.

    CONCLUSIONS: A single-bout of one-hour bicycle spinning transiently increases TnT and myoglobin in healthy subjects. Some subjects even have TnT release above URL. Thus, recently performed exercise also of short duration should be taken into consideration in the evaluation of acute chest pain with release of cardiac TnT.

  • 33.
    Díaz, Miguel
    et al.
    The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences. Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
    Avila, A
    Manchester Metropolitan University, UK / KU Leuven, Belgium.
    Degens, H
    Manchester Metropolitan University, UK / Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuania.
    Coeckelberghs, E
    KU Leuven, Belgium.
    Vanhees, L
    KU Leuven, Belgium.
    Cornelissen, V
    KU Leuven, Belgium.
    Azzawi, M
    Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
    Acute resveratrol supplementation in coronary artery disease: towards patient stratification2019In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: Resveratrol (RV) is a polyphenol with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and cardio-protective properties. Our objective was to investigate whether acute supplementation with high doses of RV would improve flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and oxygen consumption (VO2) kinetics in older coronary artery disease (CAD) patients.

    DESIGN: We employed a placebo-controlled, single-blind, crossover design in which ten participants (aged 66.6 ± 7.8 years) received either RV or placebo (330 mg, 3x day-1) during three consecutive days plus additional 330 mg in the morning of the fourth day with a seven-day wash-out period in-between. On the fourth day, FMD of the brachial artery and VO2 on-kinetics were determined. Results; RV improved FMD in patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG; -1.4 vs. 5.0%; p = 0.004), but not in those who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI; 4.2 vs. -0.2%; NS).

    CONCLUSION: Acute high dose supplementation with RV improved FMD in patients after CABG surgery but impaired FMD in patients who underwent PCI. The revascularization method-related differential effects of RV may be due to its direct effects on endothelial-dependent dilator responses. Our findings have important implications for personalized treatment and stratification of older CAD patients.

  • 34.
    Eckard, Nathalie
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Janzon, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Cardiology UHL.
    Levin, Lars-Åke
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
    Compilation of cost-effectiveness evidence for different heart conditions and treatment strategies2011In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 45, no 2, p. 72-76Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. Despite the continuing interest in health economic research, we could find no accessible data set on cost-effectiveness, useful as practical information to decision makers who must allocate scarce resources within the cardiovascular field. The aim of this paper was to present cost-effectiveness ratios, based on a systematic literature search for the treatment of heart diseases. Design. A comprehensive literature search on cost-effectiveness analyses of intervention strategies for the treatment of heart diseases was conducted. We compiled available cost-effectiveness ratios for different heart conditions and treatment strategies, in a cost-effectiveness ranking table. The cost-effectiveness ratios were expressed as a cost per quality adjusted life year (QALY) or life year gained. Results. Cost-effectiveness ratios, ranging from dominant to those costing more than 1,000,000 Euros per QALY gained, and bibliographic references are provided for. The table was categorized according to disease group, making the ranking table readily available. Conclusions. Cost-effectiveness ranking tables provide a means of presenting cost-effectiveness evidence. They provide valid information within a limited space aiding decision makers on the allocation of health care resources. This paper represents an extensive compilation of health economic evidence for the treatment of heart diseases.

  • 35. Ekman, Mattias
    et al.
    Sjögren, Iwar
    James, Stefan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Cost-effectiveness of the Taxus paclitaxel-eluting stent in the Swedish healthcare system2006In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, ISSN 1401-7431, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 17-24Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To analyse the cost-effectiveness of Taxus compared to a bare-metal stent in patients with coronary artery disease in the Swedish healthcare setting. DESIGN: A decision-analytic model combining clinical data on revascularization rates with Swedish unit costs for medical resources and utility data from the literature. RESULTS: For patients of moderate risk, the average cost per patient at 12 months is 72,200 SEK for Taxus and 66,900 SEK for a bare-metal stent, while the average cost for high risk patients is nearly equivalent (73,000 vs. 71,700 SEK). The cost per revascularization avoided is generally favourable, while the incremental cost per QALY gained varies depending on the assumptions made; from 2,351,000 SEK for patients of moderate risk at 12-months to cost saving at 24 months for high risk patients. Budget impact scenarios at 12 months are cost-neutral. CONCLUSION: The Taxus stent is cost-effective in high risk patients, particularly at 24 months. Although it may be less cost-effective for the general population, there is still a substantial offset of initial procedure costs through lower rate of repeat revascularizations.

  • 36. Ekroth, Rolf
    et al.
    Odén, Anders
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Werkö, Lars
    Does off-pump coronary surgery endanger long term survival?2008In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 99-101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this issue Ibrahim and co-authors report on technical hazards of off-pump (without heart lung machine) coronary surgery 1. Their findings are in line with meta-analyses of randomized trials which indicate that under-grafting and graft-failures are more common after off-pump than after standard operations. The risk that the objectives of coronary bypass surgery are endangered is discussed in relation to evidence based medicine. A moratorium is suggested until conclusive data are available.

  • 37. Ekroth, Rolf
    et al.
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    High or low risk coronary patients: who gets the highest priority?2010In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 44, no 4, p. 195-196Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Coronary revascularisation is more often used in patients at small risk and with little to gain than in patients at high risk and much to gain. This is against current guide-lines and is wasteful. The problem if aggravated by socioeconomic bias. A redesigned reimbursement system, based on measured improved quality of life and survival, would encourage a more efficient use of resources.

  • 38. Ekroth, Rolf
    et al.
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Randomized controlled studies: Scientific evidence or disinformation?2011In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 131-132Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 39. Ekroth, Rolf
    et al.
    Ståhle, Elisabeth
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Werkö, L
    Expansion of PCI at the expense of bypass surgery jeopardizes protection against premature death2002In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 194-196Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Emilsson, Kent
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Physiology Karlskoga Hospital, Karlskoga, Sweden; Department of Clinical Physiology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Kähäri, Anders
    Department of Radiology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Bodin, Lennart
    Unit of Statistics Clinical Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Thunberg, Per
    Department of Biomedical Engineering Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
    Comparison between angiographic right coronary artery motion and echocardiographic tricuspid annulus motion2004In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 85-92Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To compare echocardiographic M-mode measurements of tricuspid annulus motion (TAM) with angiographic M-mode measurements of right coronary artery motion (RAM).

    DESIGN: Twenty-four patients were included and examined by echocardiography before the angiographic examination. The amplitudes and the velocities of TAM and the atrial contribution to the total amplitude of TAM were measured. The obtained values were compared with angiographic M-mode measurements of RAM at a proximal and a distal site of the second segment of the right coronary artery.

    RESULTS: There was no significant difference between several of the echocardiographic M-mode measurements of TAM and the angiographic M-mode measurements of RAM. However, the agreement was rather poor for some variables.

    CONCLUSION: Different parameters obtained from echocardiographic TAM are not interchangeable with values from angiographic RAM. If measurements of RAM are to be used in the assessment of right ventricular (RV) function further studies are needed to examine the correlation and agreement between RAM and different methods of measuring RV function, i.e. radionuclide angiography or magnetic resonance imaging.

  • 41.
    Emilsson, Kent
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Physiology Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden Correspondence to Kent Emilsson, MD, PhD, Department of Clinical Physiology, Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro,Sweden.
    Kähäri, Anders
    Department of Radiology, Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Wandt, Birger
    Department of Radiology, Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Comparison between circumflex artery motion and mitral annulus motion.2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, Vol. 35, no 5, p. 318-325Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To compare mitral annulus motion (MAM) with circumflex artery motion (CXM) and the motion amplitude at an endocardial site (representing MAM) with an epicardial site (representing CXM) at the most basal lateral part of the atrioventricular plane (AVP).

    DESIGN: MAM and CXM were obtained in 28 patients examined by echocardiography and coronary angiography. The motion amplitude epicardially and endocardially was recorded by echocardiography in 13 patients with normal ejection fraction (EF) (> or = 0.50) and in 13 patients with decreased EF (<0.50).

    RESULTS: CXM was higher than MAM in most patients with normal EF but lower than MAM in most patients with decreased EF. The motion amplitude epicardially was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than endocardially in patients with normal EF. while there was no significant difference in patients with decreased EF.

    CONCLUSION: CXM represents the motion of the epicardial part of the AVP and differs from MAM, which represents the endocardial part of the wall. This must be considered when CXM is used for assessment of left ventricular systolic function.

  • 42.
    Emilsson, Kent
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Physiology, Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Kähäri, Anders
    Department of Radiology, Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Wandt, Birger
    Department of Clinical Physiology, Örebro Medical Centre Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Comparison between circumflex artery motion and mitral annulus motion2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 5, p. 318-325Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE:

    To compare mitral annulus motion (MAM) with circumflex artery motion (CXM) and the motion amplitude at an endocardial site (representing MAM) with an epicardial site (representing CXM) at the most basal lateral part of the atrioventricular plane (AVP).

    DESIGN:

    MAM and CXM were obtained in 28 patients examined by echocardiography and coronary angiography. The motion amplitude epicardially and endocardially was recorded by echocardiography in 13 patients with normal ejection fraction (EF) (> or = 0.50) and in 13 patients with decreased EF (<0.50).

    RESULTS:

    CXM was higher than MAM in most patients with normal EF but lower than MAM in most patients with decreased EF. The motion amplitude epicardially was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than endocardially in patients with normal EF. while there was no significant difference in patients with decreased EF.

    CONCLUSION:

    CXM represents the motion of the epicardial part of the AVP and differs from MAM, which represents the endocardial part of the wall. This must be considered when CXM is used for assessment of left ventricular systolic function.

  • 43.
    Emilsson, Kent
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Physiology Karlskoga Hospital, Karlskoga, Sweden; Department of Clinical Physiology, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Loiske, Karin
    Isovolumetric relaxation time of the right ventricle assessed by tissue Doppler imaging2004In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 38, no 5, p. 278-282Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives-The isovolumetric relaxation time of the right ventricle (RV-IVRT) can be assessed using a method based on ECG and pulsed wave Doppler (PW). Recently pulsed wave Doppler tissue imaging (PW-DTI) has been introduced in the assessment.

    Design-RV-IVRT obtained by the two methods was compared in 20 consecutive patients as was the time from the R wave on the ECG to the onset of tricuspid flow (R-T), to the closure of the pulmonic valve (R-P), to the onset of early diastolic motion of the tricuspid annulus tissue (R-E) and to the end of the systolic motion (R-S).

    Results-RV-IVRT obtained by the PW method was significantly (p<0.001) shorter than RV-IVRT obtained by PW-DTI. R-S had significantly (p<0.001) shorter duration than R-P, while there was no significant difference between R-E and R-T.

    Conclusions-The methods are not measuring the same interval. Only the PW method measures RV-IVRT according to the usual definition. Different reference values have to be used if the methods are used in the assessment of RV diastolic function.

  • 44.
    Engström, Karin
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.
    Engström, Karl Gunnar
    Hazards with electrocautery-induced decomposition of fatty acids - in view of lipid embolization2010In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 44, no 5, p. 307-312Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives. Electrocautery is an appreciated surgical tool, which however, generates immense heat and fat-tissue melting. In cardiac surgery, liquefied fat collects on the surface of blood in the pericardial cavity and becomes aspirated by the heart-lung machine for aortic recycling. Deposits seen in the brain microcirculation after surgery are caused by lipid embolism. This study investigates lipid chemistry, whether heat from electrocautery generates fatty-acid fragmentation and decomposition. Design. Pericardial fat tissue was sampled from cardiac-surgery patients and from piglets. The human tissue was exposed to electrocautery, or to fixed temperatures in an in vitro model. Fatty-acid decomposition was explored by solid-phase microextraction gas chromatography and the distribution of fatty acids was measured. Results. Fatty-acid decomposition demonstrated a temperature-effect relationship (p=0.007). At 350 degrees C the proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids became heavily reduced or were abolished (p=0.016). Electrocautery resulted in similar changes. Conclusions. Electrocautery induces a profound fatty-acid fragmentation to form short-chained compounds. The chemical and toxic nature of these compounds remains to be determined, including their clinical implications at blood recycling in cardiac surgery.

  • 45. Engström, Karin
    et al.
    Engström, Karl Gunnar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Hazards with electrocautery-induced decomposition of fatty acids: in view of lipid embolization2010In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 44, no 5, p. 307-312Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Electrocautery induces a profound fatty-acid fragmentation to form short-chained compounds. The chemical and toxic nature of these compounds remains to be determined, including their clinical implications at blood recycling in cardiac surgery.

  • 46.
    Engvall, Jan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Nyström, Fredrik
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Biomedicine and Surgery, Surgery. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, MKC-2, GE: endomed.
    Daytime ambulatory blood pressure correlates strongly with the echocardiographic diameter of aortic coarctation2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 5, p. 335-339Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective.-To relate the echocardiographic aortic arch-diameter to ambulatory and clinic blood pressure (BP) in patients with aortic coarctation. Design.-Eighteen adult patients (50% men) were recruited from the coarctation registry of the Linkoping Heart Centre. Biplane-trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed with Acuson XP 128/10, ambulatory BP was recorded with Spacelab models 90202/90205. Results.-Systolic clinic and ambulatory BP levels were higher in patients than in the 36 controls (clinic BP: 146 ▒ 25 mmHg vs 119 ▒ 10 mmHg, p = 0.0009, ambulatory BP: 140 ▒ 18 mmHg vs 124 ▒ 11 mmHg, p = 0.009). The differences in diastolic BP levels were less obvious (clinic BP: 87 ▒ 16 mmHg vs 76 ▒ 8 mmHg, p = 0.02, ambulatory BP: 84 ▒ 13 mmHg vs 77 ▒ 9 mmHg, p = 0.052). Daytime ambulatory BP was more strongly related than clinic BP to the coarctation diameter (AD) (systolic BP r = -0.73, p = 0.0006 and r = -0.61, p = 0.007, respectively). In surgically corrected patients (n = 14) only the correlations between ambulatory systolic daytime (r = -0.61, p = 0.02) and night-time (r = -0.58, p = 0.03) BP to AD was statistically significant. Conclusion.-Ambulatory BP correlates strongly with aortic coarctation measured by TEE and would thus be the preferred technique for evaluating BP in this patient category.

  • 47. Ericsson, Anders B.
    et al.
    Kronander, Håkan
    Söderqvist, Emil
    Vaage, Jarle
    Brodin, Lars-Åke
    Correlation between a Mid-ventricular Volume Segment and Global Left Ventricular Volume Measured by the Conductance Catheter2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 129-135Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives-To investigate whether acute volume changes in single volume segments of the left ventricle can be correlated with global volume changes. If so, changes in global volume might be predicted from changes in segmental volumes.

    Design-Volume changes were recorded in six pigs in five intraventricular segments, from apex to heart base, using the conductance catheter (at baseline, after 60 min of apical ischaemia, during preload reduction and afterload increase). A computer algorithm was created to calculate the instantaneous absolute difference between the curve shape of global and normalized segmental volume as a percentage of global stroke volume.

    Results-For a mid-cardiac volume segment constituting 34 (14-39)% [median (range)] of global stroke volume, the mean difference over a cardiac cycle was 4 (1-8)% at baseline. Apical ischaemia resulted in apical dyskinesia, but did not influence the mid-cardiac segment.

    Conclusions-The volume curve from a segment at mid-cardiac level seems to be a good estimator of the global volume curve, thus giving a foundation for estimation of global volume changes from such a segment.

  • 48.
    Eriksson, Jenny
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting.
    Huljebrant, Inger
    Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Nettelblad, Hans
    Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Sinnescentrum, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hand surgery UHL.
    Svedjeholm, Rolf
    Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Thoracic Surgery. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery in Östergötland.
    Functional impairment after treatment with pectoral muscle flaps because of deep sternal wound infection2011In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 45, no 3, p. 174-180Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. Pectoral muscle flaps (PMF) are effective in terminating protracted sternal wound infections (SWI) but long-term outcome remains uncertain. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate long-term outcome in patients treated with PMF. Design. Thirty-four of 263 patients revised because of deep SWI from 1991-2005 were treated with PMF. Of the 21 patients alive, 11 had left-sided, two right-sided and eight bilateral procedures. Sternal debridement without closure of the sternum was done in 17 patients. Nineteen of 21 patients responded to a questionnaire. Results. At follow-up on average 5.9 years (range 1.9-14.8 years) after surgery 63% (12/19) experienced unstable chest. Two thirds (12/18) reported problems carrying a grocery bag and 37% (7/19) had problems putting on a coat. Reduction of power and mobility was more common in the right arm and shoulder even in patients with left-sided PMF. Thirty-two percent (6/19) would have preferred alternative treatment if possible to avoid sternal instability even if healing had been substantially delayed. Conclusions. Surgery with PMF and sternal debridement was associated with long-term disability, which appeared to be significant in one third of the patients. The function of the right arm and shoulder was affected more often despite the majority of procedures being left-sided suggesting that loss of skeletal continuity of the chest wall is more disabling than loss of pectoral muscle function.

  • 49.
    Fengsrud, Espen
    et al.
    Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Departments of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Englund, Anders
    Department of Clinical Sciences, South Hospital and Arrhythmia Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ahlsson, Anders
    Örebro University, School of Medical Sciences. Departments of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
    Pre- and postoperative atrial fibrillation in CABG patients have similar prognostic impact2017In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 21-27Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To study pre- and postoperative atrial fibrillation and its long-term effects in a cohort of aortocoronary bypass surgery patients.

    Design: Altogether 615 patients undergoing aortocoronary bypass graft surgery in 1999-2000 were studied. Forty-four (7%) had preoperative atrial fibrillation. Postoperative atrial fibrillation occurred in 165/615 patients (27%) while 406/615 patients (66%) had no atrial fibrillation. After a median follow-up of 15 years, symptoms and medication in survivors were recorded, and cause of death in the deceased was obtained.

    Results: Death due to cerebral ischaemia was most common in the pre- and postoperative atrial fibrillation groups (7% and 5%, respectively, v. 2% among those without atrial fibrillation, p = 0.038), as were death due to heart failure (18% and 14%, v. 7%, p = 0.007) and sudden death (9% and 5%, v. 2%, p = 0.029). The presence of pre- or postoperative atrial fibrillation was an independent risk factor for late mortality (hazard ratios 1.47 (1.02-2.12) and 1.28 (1.01-1.63), respectively).

    Conclusions: Patients with pre- or postoperative atrial fibrillation undergoing aortocoronary bypass surgery have increased long-term mortality and risk of cerebral ischemic and cardiovascular death compared with patients in sinus rhythm.

  • 50.
    Franzén, Stefan
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Nylander, Eva
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Clinical Physiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Clinical Physiology.
    Olin, Christian
    Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Thoracic Surgery. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
    Aortic valve replacement with pericardial valves in patients with small aortic roots. Clinical results in a consecutive series of patients receiving 19 and 21 mm prostheses2001In: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal, ISSN 1401-7431, E-ISSN 1651-2006, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 114-118Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective - To determine how second generation pericardial valves perform in patients with small aortic roots. Design - Ninety patients who underwent isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) with 19 or 21 mm Mitroflow« or Carpentier-Edwards (Perimount«) valves between 1989 and 1996 were studied. Mean age was 78 years. Concomitant coronary bypass surgery was performed in 41%. Results - Thirty-day mortality was 5.6%. Ninety-seven percent had acceptable transprosthetic mean pressure gradients (25 mmHg or less) 1 week after surgery. Follow-up was 100% complete and 76% of the patients were alive after a mean of 5 years. There was no structural valve failure or valve thrombosis. One patient required reoperation for perivalvular leak. Four patients had transient ischemic attacks and seven had strokes. These figures are, however, within the expected range for the age. Conclusion - Second generation pericardial valves perform well in elderly patients with small aortic roots. Postoperative hemodynamics are acceptable, valve durability of up to 8 years adequate, and the clinical results good, considering the age of the patients.

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