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June 14, 2009
A premature baby girl was admitted to the Children’s Heart Centre Slovakia with signs of congestive heart failure and failure to thrive. On echo a common arterial trunk type A1-A2 (Van Praagh) associated with a patent foramen ovale with near confluent pulmonary arteries was diagnosed.  The patient was referred for complete repair.
June 2, 2009
Professor emeritus Viking Olov Björk, the first editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery died on February 18, 2009 in Stockholm at the age of 90 years.
May 26, 2009
Pulmonary endoarterectomy is the treatment of choice in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. Traditionally, PEA is achieved by adopting periods of deep hypothermia at 18° Celsius and circulatory arrest. We present an alternative strategy, based on the application of a negative pressure in the left chambers and also in the superior vena cava.
May 19, 2009
Paul Allen Ebert, MD died in the early hours of April 21st, 2009 in Sacramento, California quite unexpectedly of an acute myocardial infarction at 76 years of age.
May 6, 2009
It was a clear, cool fall morning of my first year in medical school. I had remembered that we were scheduled to have a special guest for our 8 AM lecture that morning, but little did I know how much that lecture would change my life.
May 6, 2009
The current “traditional” method for training cardiothoracic surgeons (five years of general surgery and two-three years of thoracic) dates back 80 years to a time in which the specialty consisted of operations for empyemas and tuberculosis. Needless to say, over the course of the last 80 years, the field of cardiothoracic surgery has changed dramatically.
March 29, 2009
March 29, 2009
Introduction A vascular stent is a tube composed of a metal mesh intended to restore or preserve the patency of a vessel. The development of endovascular stent technologies made it possible and improved the minimally invasive treatment of many vascular diseases.

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