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Coronary Disease

January 24, 2018
A well executed study on an important problem in cardiac surgery that merits careful reading, as no one-sentence conclusion can be adequately gleaned.
January 3, 2018
This article from the BBC highlights two different artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic systems, one that evaluates coronary artery disease (CAD) and another that determines whether a lung nodule is cancerous. The systems are being trialed around the UK, and they show promise for improved accuracy of imaging-based diagnoses.
January 1, 2018
Incredible story about how American Heart Association President Dr John Warner suffered a cardiac arrest after his presidential address and was subsequently saved by two bystanders.  This story emphasizes the fortune of being in the right place at the right time, but more importantly, the public value of knowing CPR.
December 28, 2017
Using a simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest scenario, the authors compared the time from an emergency call to resource deployment and arrival for drone-delivered automatic external defibrillator (AED) and ground vehicle-based emergency medical services (EMS).  Mean time to dispatch was 3 sec for the drone and 3 min for EMS.  Over a median flight
December 25, 2017
This review article explores the association between postoperative mediastinal blood and atrial fibrillation.
December 21, 2017
Interesting to read the mortality and renal morbidity of PCI after serious MI. The choice of dual primary outcome may have been an afterhought....
November 27, 2017
Newspaper and prime time TV advertisements are beginning in the US today that detail the medical toll that smoking exacts on its victims.  The ads are paid for by big tobacco based on a court order from 2006 that has finally survived the appeal process.  A spokesperson for one of the companies stated that they hope to "develop less risky tobacco prod
November 19, 2017
Del Nido cardioplegia has been used in congenital heart surgery but the data for adult cardiac surgery has been lacking.  This randomized trial compares del Nido to whole blood cardioplegia for patients undergoing either a CABG, valve, or CABG/valve.  The results suggest that the use of del Nido is safe and may streamline the workflow.
November 16, 2017
Dr. John Warner, President of the AHA, suffered a minor heart attack during the AHA congress in California.  The day prior he had delivered an address describing the impact that coronary artery disease has had on his extended family. He was treated with stent placement and is recovering well.

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