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Regional flow and number of microembolisms in the common carotid artery at different levels of hemodynamics controlled by VA-ECMO.
Janák, David ; Kittnar, Otomar (advisor) ; Danzig, Vilém (referee) ; Bešík, Josef (referee)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a method that allows extracorporeal life support in potentially reversible life-threatening conditions affecting the heart or lungs which are refractory to conventional treatment. Depending on the parameters of its setting, this method affects the haemodynamics of the cardiovascular system and the perfusion of the target organ. From the point of view of its character, the necessity for invasive application, and the function thereof in the conditions of the cardiovascular system, ECMO is regarded as a risky method accompanied by a number of complications. Among the critical complications are thromboembolic complications affecting the central nervous system (CNS) and haemorrhagic complications. The goal of this paper is to present and verify the prerequisites for the formation of periprocedural embolisms affecting the CNS and to evaluate the regional haemodynamics of the CNS. This is done by analysing the presence of embolisms and by analysing the parameters of blood flow rates in the right common carotid artery (arteria carotis communis-ACC) and the corresponding oxygenation of the brain tissue during various flow rate parameters generated by the ECMO support on induced heart failure in a biological porcine model. In the first section of the paper, 8...

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