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Am Heart J ; 177: 66-73, 2016 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27297851


OBJECTIVE: Patients undergoing cardiac surgery are at risk of perioperative low cardiac output syndrome due to postoperative myocardial dysfunction. Myocardial dysfunction in patients undergoing cardiac surgery is a potential indication for the use of levosimendan, a calcium sensitizer with 3 beneficial cardiovascular effects (inotropic, vasodilatory, and anti-inflammatory), which appears effective in improving clinically relevant outcomes. DESIGN: Double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter randomized trial. SETTING: Tertiary care hospitals. INTERVENTIONS: Cardiac surgery patients (n = 1,000) with postoperative myocardial dysfunction (defined as patients with intraaortic balloon pump and/or high-dose standard inotropic support) will be randomized to receive a continuous infusion of either levosimendan (0.05-0.2 µg/[kg min]) or placebo for 24-48 hours. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: The primary end point will be 30-day mortality. Secondary end points will be mortality at 1 year, time on mechanical ventilation, acute kidney injury, decision to stop the study drug due to adverse events or to start open-label levosimendan, and length of intensive care unit and hospital stay. We will test the hypothesis that levosimendan reduces 30-day mortality in cardiac surgery patients with postoperative myocardial dysfunction. CONCLUSIONS: This trial is planned to determine whether levosimendan could improve survival in patients with postoperative low cardiac output syndrome. The results of this double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial may provide important insights into the management of low cardiac output in cardiac surgery.

Baixo Débito Cardíaco/terapia , Cardiotônicos/uso terapêutico , Hidrazonas/uso terapêutico , Balão Intra-Aórtico , Complicações Pós-Operatórias/terapia , Piridazinas/uso terapêutico , Lesão Renal Aguda/epidemiologia , Baixo Débito Cardíaco/mortalidade , Procedimentos Cirúrgicos Cardíacos/mortalidade , Método Duplo-Cego , Humanos , Infusões Intravenosas , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Tempo de Internação/estatística & dados numéricos , Complicações Pós-Operatórias/mortalidade , Respiração Artificial , Simendana
Crit Care Med ; 43(8): 1559-68, 2015 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25821918


OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify all treatments that affect mortality in adult critically ill patients in multicenter randomized controlled trials. We also evaluated the methodological aspects of these studies, and we surveyed clinicians' opinion and usual practice for the selected interventions. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, and Embase were searched. Further articles were suggested for inclusion from experts and cross-check of references. STUDY SELECTION: We selected the articles that fulfilled the following criteria: publication in a peer-reviewed journal; multicenter randomized controlled trial design; dealing with nonsurgical interventions in adult critically ill patients; and statistically significant effect in unadjusted landmark mortality. A consensus conference assessed all interventions and excluded those with lack of reproducibility, lack of generalizability, high probability of type I error, major baseline imbalances between intervention and control groups, major design flaws, contradiction by subsequent larger higher quality trials, modified intention to treat analysis, effect found only after adjustments, and lack of biological plausibility. DATA EXTRACTION: For all selected studies, we recorded the intervention and its comparator, the setting, the sample size, whether enrollment was completed or interrupted, the presence of blinding, the effect size, and the duration of follow-up. DATA SYNTHESIS: We found 15 interventions that affected mortality in 24 multicenter randomized controlled trials. Median sample size was small (199 patients) as was median centers number (10). Blinded trials enrolled significantly more patients and involved more centers. Multicenter randomized controlled trials showing harm also involved significantly more centers and more patients (p = 0.016 and p = 0.04, respectively). Five hundred fifty-five clinicians from 61 countries showed variable agreement on perceived validity of such interventions. CONCLUSIONS: We identified 15 treatments that decreased/increased mortality in critically ill patients in 24 multicenter randomized controlled trials. However, design affected trial size and larger trials were more likely to show harm. Finally, clinicians view of such trials and their translation into practice varied.

Cuidados Críticos/métodos , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto/mortalidade , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto/métodos , Feminino , Fibrose/terapia , Humanos , Hipnóticos e Sedativos/administração & dosagem , Hipotermia Induzida/mortalidade , Masculino , Estudos Multicêntricos como Assunto , Decúbito Ventral , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Projetos de Pesquisa , Respiração Artificial/métodos , Respiração Artificial/mortalidade , Ácido Tranexâmico/sangue
Int J Cardiol ; 144(2): 313-5, 2010 Oct 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-19346016


Ventricular septal defect (VSD) can occur as part of more congenital cardiac malformations or as an isolated finding. VSD can be also a serious complication of acute myocardial infarction. It seems that its prognosis improves if the operation can be deferred for 3-4 weeks. The treatment of VSD is changing and the surgical closure should be postponed in order to reduce the mortality risk. The use of Impella Recover left ventricular assistance device allowed to delay the surgery, stabilizing the patient's hemodynamic condition. We describe a case of post-infarction VSD treated with the implantation of Impella Recover, which permitted to postpone a surgical closure for 2 weeks. Our results confirm the improvement of VSD's survival, depending on the use of Impella Recover, which allows to maintain the hemodynamic stability and to delay the operation.

Coração Auxiliar , Infarto do Miocárdio/complicações , Ruptura do Septo Ventricular/etiologia , Ruptura do Septo Ventricular/cirurgia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade