The authors revisit the older, somewhat misinterpreted hypothesis of cocoa and vasodilation. The title may again be misinterpreted by the general media as an encouragement to gorge on HIGH CALORIE, HIGH FAT nutrients
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Eating Chocolate to Improve Muscle Health and Walking Ability in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease
February 20, 2020
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Reporting Standards for Type B Aortic Dissections
January 29, 2020
In this consensus statement, a new anatomic classfication system is proposed for thoracic aortic dissections. The acuity of aortic dissection and complicated vs uncomplicated dissections are clearly defined. Risk factors, presentations, management, and complications are expounded. Follow-up criteria are also discussed with nomenclature for false l
January 14, 2020
Capoccia and Maybauer performed a system review of 29 publications related to the use of ECMO in aortic surgery and aortic dissection. A total of 194 patients who had been treated with ECMO support were identified, with a survival rate of 39.7% (77/194).
Genes Associated With Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection: 2019 Update and Clinical Implications
December 31, 2019
This is an updated list of genes associated with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Dr Elefteriades and associates published the first version in 2017 and made an update in 2018. During the last year, six new genes were reported to be associated with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection.
December 11, 2019
On December 9, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published updated recommendations on the screening of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patient's gender, age, history of smoking, and family history of AAA for symptomatic adults:
Patient Trends and Outcomes of Surgery for Type A Acute Aortic Dissection in Japan: An Analysis of More Than 10,000 Patients From the Japan Cardiovascular Surgery Database
December 8, 2019
Abe and associates reported the trends in the early outcomes of surgical repair for acute type A aortic dissection in 11,843 patients from the Japan Cardiovascular Surgery Database between 2008 and 2015. Operative mortality was 9.5% and 30-day mortality was 7.6%. The number of surgically treated cases increased by 45% during the interval.
Aortic Remodeling After Hybrid Provisional Extension to Induce Complete Attachment Aortic Repair of Chronic Residual Type I Aortic Dissection
November 7, 2019
Interesting retrospective imaging study of true and false lumens with or without bare metal stents placed distally in the abdominal aorta.
Neurologic Complications After the Frozen Elephant Trunk Procedure: A Meta-Analysis of More Than 3,000 Patients
October 31, 2019
Dr Preventza and associates performed a meta-analysis of 3,154 patients who underwent frozen elephant trunk procedure to determine the incidence of neurologic complications. The incidences were 4.7% for spinal cord injury and 7.6% for stroke.
Aortic Endovascular Stenting in Patients With Systemic Connective Tissue Disorders: Does the Prohibitive Dogma Still Stand Tall?
August 3, 2019
In this brief review, the authors elaborate on status quo of the use of endovascular stent grafts in the management of patients with connective tissue disorders. Because the radial force and circumferential stress on the native aorta remains a signficant issue that leads to stent graft failure, open surgical repair remains the gold standard in most o
Late Survival and Patient-Perceived Health Status of the CHSS Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries Cohort
July 26, 2019
Delvin and associates reported the long-term outcomes and quality of life in patients with d-TGA after repair using data from 24 centers of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society (CHSS).