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The authors demonstrate the resection of fibroelastoma from the mitral valve by a minimally invasive approach.
September 3, 2008
Traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta is a common cause of death after motor vehicle accidents. The gold standard for treatment of traumatic rupture of the descending thoracic aorta is a left thoraoctomy with replacement of the affected aorta. The endovascular treatment of aortic transection is an emerging alternative in multi-traumatized patients.
July 22, 2008
The left atrial cardioversion wire (yellow) is the first wire to be implanted on the heart. It is placed before the valve repair/replacement or after the distal circumflex grafting is performed. The heart is lifted in order to have adequate exposure of the left pulmonary veins.
July 22, 2008
By A. Sampath Kumar, MD and Carlos MG Duran, MD, PhD Editor's Note
July 22, 2008
By J. Scott Rankin, MD, Ricardo E. Orozco MD and Calvin A. Burrichter, MD American Heart Association 2007 Video:
June 30, 2008
Several surgical approaches have been described for the management of adult patients with acquired heart disease and paraductal coarctation of the aorta. Options are a staged procedure using median sternotomy and left thoracotomy, a catheter-based intervention of the coarctation combined with sternotomy, and single-stage simultaneous correction of lesions via sternotomy.
June 16, 2008
Patient Selection Currently, only patients with preexisting, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing OPCAB have been offered an adjuvant off-pump Maze procedure.

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