Between February 23 and March 1, 2019, a heart surgery team from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK, conducted a medical mission to Kumasi, Ghana, in order to perform adult heart surgery and place pacemakers. Find their daily video blog here.
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February 15, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest The Donor Alliance observes National Donor Day on February 14th in the US, encouraging people to #StartTheConversation about being an organ donor with their families.
In Global News: Heart Cells in Space, July Surgery Outcomes, and Monitoring for Transplant Rejection
February 1, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chimes in to the #10YearChallenge with a focus on his heart surgery.
December 20, 2018
Niv Ad of the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown, USA, argues for surgical ablation for mitral valve surgery patients with atrial fibrillation.
December 14, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest Truly remote percutaneous coronary intervention was performed in five human patients at Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedabad, India.
In Global News: Wearable Ultrasound Patch to Monitor Blood Pressure in Deep Arteries, GALILEO Trial Halted, and CABG With Radial Artery Grafts
October 12, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest A family in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, whose 13-month-old daughter was born with pulmonic stenosis, has adopted a dog with the same congenital heart defect.
In Global News: 3D Heart Simulations to Treat Arrhythmias, Early Discharge Safe for TAVR Patients, and Favorable Outcomes Related to 4L Lymph Node Dissection
September 14, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest 3D personalized simulations of patient hearts reportedly allow physicians to better locate and treat arrhythmias.
Female Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients Experience Worse Outcomes When Treated by Male Physicians
August 10, 2018
The latest instalment in the gender discordance saga, this one proferred by business/management school academics. I am not convinced that the coarse gender comparison takes into account the size discrepancy in coronary arteries and other, well-known to medical practitioners, anatomico-physiological differences of human genders.
In Global News: Engineering Lungs, New Australian AFib Guidelines, and Considering Race in Lung Cancer Screening
August 3, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest Renowned former Formula 1 racing champion Niki Lauda recently underwent a lung transplant.
Left Atrial Appendage Resection Can Be Performed Minimally Invasively With Good Clinical and Echocardiographic Outcomes Without Any Severe Risk
July 16, 2018
Inoue and Suematsu report their experience using a minimally invasive approach to left atrial appendage resection. The procedure was performed in 87 patients using an endoscopic linear cutter device, without cardiopulmonary bypass or cardiac arrest.