Annals of Vascular Surgery

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 266–270 | Cite as

Peripheral vascular involvement in heart transplant patients

  • Pierre Julia
  • Catherine Amrein
  • Balkis Ghalayini
  • Victor Jebara
  • Romain Guillemain
  • Isabelle Roussin
  • Alain Carpentier
  • Jean-Noel Fabiani
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Abstract

Between 1984 and 1991 a total of 200 patients underwent heart transplantation in our unit. The records of 121 patients who were followed up for more than 1 year were reviewed for peripheral vascular abnormalities, which were found in 12 (9.9%). Most of these patients underwent transplantation for ischemic heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease preceded the heart transplantation in 80%. Although surgical risks are low in this setting, particular caution should be exercised to prevent septic complications in the femoral triangle. Among the risk factors studied, only elevated blood cholesterol was frequently found in the vascular patients before or after transplantation. Peripheral vascular involvement in heart transplant patients corresponds to the natural course of atheroma rather than to an accelerated process of atherosclerosis.

Keywords

Cholesterol Atherosclerosis Heart Disease Vascular Disease Ischemic Heart Disease 

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© Annals of Vascular Surgery Inc. 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Julia
    • 1
  • Catherine Amrein
    • 1
  • Balkis Ghalayini
    • 1
  • Victor Jebara
    • 1
  • Romain Guillemain
    • 1
  • Isabelle Roussin
    • 1
  • Alain Carpentier
    • 1
  • Jean-Noel Fabiani
    • 1
  1. 1.Service de Chirurgie CardiovasculaireHôpital BroussaisParisFrance

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