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Journal and News Scan
The Japanese Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery, and Japanese Association for Coronary Artery Surgery recently issued a joint statement announcing that they disagree with recommendations in chapter 7.1 of the 2021 ACC/AHA/SCAI Guidelines published in December.
Acute type A aortic dissection remains a challenging emergency in cardiovascular surgery.The management of life-threatening complications has evolved to include endovascular options and complex aortic repair, but expeditious open replacement of the ascending aorta remains the preferred approach. This expert consensus offers recommendations based on current clinical evidence and expert opinions where all cardiac and aortic surgeons needed to be updated.
Notions like antimpulse management preoperatively in order to avoid aortic stress and stabilize the patient using opioid analgesia, thinking about a transfer to a (CAC) comprehensive aortic center after analyzing the recent evidence, focusing on clinical questions that are crucial for the decision making in all aspects, this excellent document gives answers based on the current literature.
An editorial with some interest for the cardiothoracic surgeon, in particular the awareness of changes in the right vantricle during ECMO support , mostly drawn from the recent Covid experiences, and with a useful paragraph on veno-pulmonary arterial ECMO, discussing the uncoupling of RV and PA.
Recently, increased attention has been paid to the risk of chronic opioid use after surgery. In this nationwide cohort study, we examined the rate of new persistent opioid use after cardiac surgery by sternotomy.
Socioeconomic and racial (SER) disparities among patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) can limit access to high-quality care. We characterized the national SER landscape and its relationship to early outcomes and identified interactions among determinants mitigating adverse outcome.
A scholarly update on the previous (2016) guidelines, with an interesting Chapter 9 Gaps in evidence and future perspectives. The guidelines have been extensively reviewed by European and other experts. The authors insist on the only advisory value of their conclusions. Understandably, there is no mention of venous ECMO.
This study looks to comprehensively characterize details of aortic and aortic valve reinterventions after aortic root replacement (ARR).
On January 10, 2021, the University of Maryland School of Medicine annnounced that Dr. Bartley P. Griffith and his team successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig heart in a 57-year-old man with end-stage heart failure, and the patient was doing well three days later.
This historic xenotransplant operation may provide an important new option for patients with terminal heart disease in dire need of heart donor and a viable solution to the organ crisis.
On January 10, 2021, the University of Maryland School of Medicine annnounced that Dr. Bartley P. Griffith and his team successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig heart in a 57-year-old man with end-stage heart failure, and the patient was doing well three days later. This historic xenotransplant operation may provide an important new option for patients in dire need of heart donor and a viable solution to the organ crisis.
The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) is a regional society whose mission is to support members of the cardiothoracic community. Since 1954, STSA has held its annual meeting to promote the scholarly work and networking of its members. This year, Donald D. Chang, MD PhD had the privilege of attending the 68th Annual Meeting as a James W. Brooks scholar, named in honor of the Society’s 23rd President for his lifelong support and contribution to the society. Here he gives his account of his experiecs at the event.