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Valve Disease

July 22, 2021
On July 22, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery published this consensus statement on nomenclature and classification of the congenital bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and Its aortopathy.  
May 21, 2021
A large RCT concluding that 'surgical occlusion of the left atrial appendage provides additional protection against stroke when added to anticoagulation.' A number of limitations are briefly discussed. Findings are interesting in that absolute absence of surgical complications has been declared.
April 15, 2021
In the special April issue of JACC Imaging focusing on secondary mitral regurgitation (SMR), a number of articles on outcomes after transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) are reported. Specifically, the concept of proportionate vs disproportionate SMR was explored.
April 15, 2021
This study, conducted at the Cleveland Clinic, investigated reports of failure of the Trifecta externally wrapped, bovine pericardial aortic valve prosthesis (Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL). Concerns were raised about the long-term Trifecta durability.
February 21, 2021
In this article, Thourani et al present the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Expert Consensus Statement on transcatheter and surgical aortic valve replacement in low- and intermediate-risk patients: A meta-analysis of randomized and propensity-matched studies.
February 21, 2021
In this article by Piarulli et al, they investigate the effect of a patient's incision for valve surgery on their psychological well-being.
February 21, 2021
In this article, Kilcoyne et al discuss the current status of training cardiothoracic surgery trainees in structural heart disease and propose a new core curriculum for training surgeons in structural heart disease. 
February 4, 2021
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) continues to be responsible for major cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the developing world.  It constitutes a double tragedy because it disproportionately affects economically disadvantaged people and young people, thereby robbing them of the most productive years of life.
December 10, 2020
An ad hoc interim analysis pursuant to previous publications raising concerns on Paclitaxel DCS in chronic critical and not-critical lower limb ischaemia. The short manuscript requires careful reading to form an individual opinion beyond the relatively simple arithmetics: slightly more deaths in the intervention group.
December 4, 2020
A brief and readable editorial on the United Kingdom prespective on the global impact of the pandemic to the delivery of cardiovascular care, attempting a semi-quantitative economic appraisal of the problem.

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