Patient Care Updated guidelines on dual antiplatelet therapy in coronary artery disease have been published by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Society of Cardiology.
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September 22, 2017
September 14, 2017
Samer Nashef of Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK discusses the indications for and variation in surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation.
September 7, 2017
Christopher Blauth of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London, UK, gives a brief overview of results from a hybrid minimally invasive approach using the nContact/AtriCure device.
August 11, 2017
Patient Care A heart team at Kingston Health Sciences Centre in Ontario performs the first hybrid cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation in Canada.
Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in the United States: Trends and Propensity Matched Outcomes
August 1, 2017
Badhwar and colleagues analyzed the usage and outcomes of surgical ablation (SA) for atrial fibrillation reported in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons database. They found an incrementally increasing volume of SA procedures concomitant with cardiac operations like coronary artery bypass and valve repair/replacement over the 3-year period analyzed.
Magnesium Status and Magnesium Therapy in Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Focusing on Arrhythmia Prevention
July 6, 2017
The authors conducted a meta-analysis of 35 RCTs analyzing the use of IV Mg for the prevention or treatment of arrhythmias following cardiac surgery. The studies included had significant methodological heterogeneity.
Does Surgical Ablation Energy Source Affect Long-Term Success of the Concomitant Cox Maze Procedure?
June 29, 2017
Ad and colleagues compared outcomes in patients receiving a Cox Maze (CM) procedure with cryothermal energy only or with cryothermal and bipolar radiofrequency, with 298 patients in each group.
February 5, 2017
A review of particular interest for procurement (retrieval) of hearts after brain injury, especially subarachnoid bleeding, the commonest cause of death in DBD in our practice. The authors discuss, amongst other things, the early stress micro-infarcts that may limit the performance of the donated heart, especally in female donors with sub a
November 22, 2016
This video demonstrates a Mexican modification to the traditional Maze III procedure.
Potassium and Magnesium Supplementation do not protect against Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Operation: a Time-Matched Analysis.
September 27, 2016
In this single institution retrospective study of postoperative cardiac surgery patients, serum potassium and magnesium levels at times when postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) occured were compared with levels in patients who did not experience POAF. The incidence of POAF was 37%, and was associated with increasing magnesium levels.