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Cardiac - Physiology

March 24, 2016
For you chocolate lovers out there, hard evidence that dark chocolate can boost endurance performance.
March 4, 2016
Lactic acidosis is a very common biological issue for the postoperative patient with shock. This very nice review addresses thehemodynamic consequences of shock-associated lactic acidosis and highlights the various therapeutic options that can be considered by the bedside clinician.
February 18, 2016
An Editorial suggesting that atheroma is here to stay...
October 5, 2015
Pts undergoing cardiac surgery requiring CPB were randomized to remote ischemic preconditioning of the upper extremity or sham intervention.  The end point was combined death, MI, stroke, and acute renal failure during hospitalization, and secondary endpoints were the occurrence of any such event within 90 days.  Outcomes were similar between the gro
August 30, 2015
Multicenter trial examining the efficacy of a miniaturized and fully self-contained leadless pacemaker percutaneously implanted into the right ventricle.  The leadless pacemaker met prespecified pacing and sensing requirements with 1 in 15 patients experiencing adverse device related events.
April 4, 2015
This multicenter randomized trial examined restrictive versus liberal threshold in red-cell transfusion in patients after cardiac surgery.  The results were provocative, with more deaths in the restrictiv group compared to the liberal transfusion group.  Posoperative complications were also slightly higher in the restrictive group.  
March 2, 2015
This interesting article mapped myocardial remodeling in swine after induced MI using serial 3D MRI imaging.  Principal strain magnitude and angle were measured, and demonstrated progressive decrease in magnitude and angle rotation away from the site of injury, resulting in adverse remodeling and decreased contractility. 
February 21, 2015
Beautiful video.  The background music is also beautiful, but I think something with more of a beat would have been appropriate.
February 5, 2015
In this recently published clinical study investigators from Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital evaluated the safety of Del Nido cardioplegia in high-risk CABG surgery after AMI.

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