The authors provide a step-by-step tutorial about how to perform a proper epiaortic scan.
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July 8, 2019
June 27, 2019
An interesting small British-led randomized controlled trial on modern imaging of coronary atheroma.
Prophylactic Intra-Aortic Balloon Counterpulsation in High Risk Cardiac Surgery: The PINBALL Pilot Multicentre, Registry-Linked, Randomised, Controlled Feasibility Trial
June 13, 2019
An intresting pilot that was stopped due to underrecruitment. Commendable mortality in high-risk coronary artery bypass grafting.
In Global News: Recommendation to Reclassify Surgical Staplers, Defining Cardiogenic Shock, and Weighing In on E-Cigarettes
June 7, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest A new study looking a dietary protein sources and LDL cholesterol levels calls into question the idea that white meat is more heart healthy than red meat.
Accurate Needle-Free Assessment of Myocardial Oxygenation for Ischemic Heart Disease in Canines Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
May 29, 2019
Using period hypercapnea as a surrogate "contrast" agent, myocardial oxygenation was assessed using cardiac MR and accurately mapped areas of relative ischemia.
May 15, 2019
An interesting metanalysis, especially: The ad hoc results of off-pump surgery. The mean number of silent brain infarcts per patient was significantly higher in the transcatheter aortic valve implantation group (4.58 ± 2.09) compared with the aortic valve replacement group (2.16 ± 1.62, P=0.03).
May 14, 2019
Ticagrelor (Brilinta), an oral P2Y12 inhibitor, is an agent used in combination with aspirin for dual antiplatelet therapy after coronary interventions. It's antiplatelet function cannot be reversed by platelet transfusion.
Right Ventricular Function is Reduced During Cardiac Surgery Independent of Procedural Characteristics, Reoperative Status, or Pericardiotomy
April 29, 2019
The authors prospectively analyzed right ventricular (RV) function in 109 patients undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgeries. RV function was assessed at several time points by evaluating TAPSE and 2D longitudinal RV strain to evaluate long axis RV function, and fractional area exchange to evaluate global RV function.
April 28, 2019
This single-center study retrospectively analyzed the impact of the implementation of thromboelastography (TEG) on all cardiac procedures performed during 2-year intervals prior to and after TEG implementation. A total of 367 and 310 patients were included in the analysis for the pre-TEG and post-TEG eras, respectively.
April 23, 2019
Five highlights in the CDC’s most recent Health, United States report, based on data from 1999 to 2017: