Interesting succinct note on a major issue, noting a possible association between cardiopulmonary bypass and this common complication.
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Electrophysiology - Arrhythmias
November 14, 2019
September 22, 2019
Investigators reported, in abstract form, promising results of a single dose of radiotherapy, delivered with electorphysiologic guidance, for managing ventricular tachycardia. Seventy-eight percent of patients had a clinically important reduction in ventricular tachycardia episodes.
August 19, 2019
A standardized perioperative management protocol for pts taking direct oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation entailed no bridging with other anticoagulants. It resulted in low and acceptable rates of major bleeding (<2%) and stroke (<1%).
Prevalence of Atrial Fibrillation Before Cardiac Surgery and Factors Associated With Concomitant Ablation
July 11, 2019
An important update on the evolving landscape of surgery for atrial fibrillation.
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.
Right Ventricular Pulmonary Coupling as a Therapeutic Target in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction
January 18, 2019
A good attempt to shed some light into the somewhat challenging concept of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, on the occasion of a small randomized controlled trial on albuterol.
August 31, 2018
A balanced editorial discussing the relevant RCT from Britain. The esteemed authors are correct to highlight the overall discouraging survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest WITHOUT NEUROLOGICAL DEFICIT. What does need to be done to improve a 3% acceptable outcome?
Association of Surgical Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion With Subsequent Stroke and Mortality Among Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
May 22, 2018
This review of over 75,000 patients from a large administrative database found that occlusion of the left atrial appendage during cardiac surgery was associated with a reduced risk of subsequent stroke and all-cause mortality.
In Global News: Improving Vein Grafts, a Suture-Based Percutaneous Mitral Device, and Donating CT Surgical Equipment
April 27, 2018
In Global News: Quadruple Valve Surgery in the UAE, MitraClip Access in Japan, and Chewbacca Delivers Transplant News
March 23, 2018
Patient Care A teen in Chicago, Illinois, USA, awaiting a heart transplant received the news that a heart was available from his pediatric cardiologist, who dressed up as Chewbacca from Star Wars just for the occasion.