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Alan J. Bryan of the Bristol Heart Institute in the UK argues that on-pump coronary bypass surgery is as good an option as off-pump surgery for patients with high surgical risk.
March 14, 2011
Side-graft right axillary artery cannulation with a lateral anterior approach through the deltoid-pectoral groove, as shown in the video, is an easy technique to establish arterial inflow for cardio-pulmonary bypass in the treatment of type-A aortic dissections and aortic arch aneurysms.
February 15, 2011
David P. Taggart, MD, reviews the Guidelines on Myocardial Revascularization, developed in 2010 by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (EACTS).
December 6, 2010
This article describes the different techniques of pericardial reconstruction after partial pericardiectomy in thoracic surgery. Emphasis is put on reconstruction using synthetic meshes.
December 6, 2010
Editor's Note
November 1, 2010
Healing complications after cardiac surgery such as dehiscence, osteomyelitis, mediastinitis, and superficial wound infection may occur. This video shows a new and potentially superior method of sternal closure with thermoreactive NITINOL clips that provide semirigid fixation.
September 1, 2010
A unique approach to surgical repair in a very high-risk patient with severe peripheral and cerebrovascular occlusive disease, coronary artery disease, chronic renal failue and COPD is described.
June 27, 2010
Artificial chordal replacement allows repair of most bileaflet prolapse and Barlow's valves. This video, presented at the 2004 STS meeting, is still useful today as chords are being used more frequently.
May 18, 2010
The CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart (TAH) is a biventricular orthotopic pneumatic pulsatile pump that totally replaces the native ventricles and valves and is currently approved as a bridge to heart transplatation in selected patients.
April 7, 2010
The patient presented years after coronary artery revascularization with symptoms of CHF. He was diagnosed with a large pseudoaneurysm of the inferior wall of the left ventricle. Resection of the pseudoaneurysm and reconstruction of the left ventricle was completed while maintaining the beating heart.
March 24, 2010
This video illustrates new techniques for repair of rheumatic mitral stenosis and regurgitation that allow the majority of rheumatic valves to undergo satisfactory autologous reconstruction

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