Pericardial closure may reduce the risk of myocardial injury during sternotomy for repeat coronary artery bypass grafting by preventing right ventricular adhesions. However, adverse hemodynamic effects in the early postoperative period may preclude pericardial closure in patients with impaired ventricular function.
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