Journal article

Ventricular containment as an adjunctive procedure in ischemic cardiomyopathy: Early results

JS Raman, JM Power, BF Buxton, C Alferness, D Hare

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2000


BACKGROUND: Ventricular containment with custom-made polyester mesh is an evolving technique that has been studied in experimental animals with heart failure with good results. METHODS: Five patients with symptomatic heart failure and ischemic cardiomyopathy were enrolled in a Phase I study, and underwent ventricular containment with custom-made polyester mesh along with coronary artery bypass grafting. Four patients had additional ventricular reconstruction of large myocardial scars. RESULTS: All patients were in NYHA functional class III at the time of their operation with a mean ejection fraction of 27.4%+/-6.6%. There were no deaths. Mean postoperative ejection fraction was 35.1%+/-12.6%..

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