Patient Care and General Interest
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In Global News: Cardiac Regeneration in Pigs, Health Effects of Marijuana Use, and Running to Reduce Aortic Stiffness
May 10, 2019
In Global News: Roadside Thoracotomy, Recalled Atrioseptostomy Catheters, and Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers
May 3, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest A roadside thoracotomy was performed in the UK to control severe bleeding for a man who was stabbed, and the procedure was captured on video.
Evaluating Real-World Clinical Outcomes in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Receiving the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Technology
April 9, 2019
Boersma and associates reported the outcomes of left atrial appendage (LAA) closure with the Watchman device in international registry (EWOLUTION), which recruited 1,020 patients from 47 different centers. Mean age was 73.4 years and 49% had a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 5 or higher—indicating a high risk of stroke.
March 27, 2019
Heimeshoff and colleagues retrospectively analyzed the function of wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCDs) provided for 100 patients after cardiac surgery. Patients received a WCD if their left ventricular ejection fraction was 35% or lower, or if their implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) had been explanted.
March 26, 2019
This video depicts the totally thoracoscopic left atrial appendage closure procedure.
March 1, 2019
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.
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.