Norman Briffa of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK discusses the decision between mechanical and biological valves, focusing on patients between the ages of 50 and 70 years old.
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July 18, 2019
July 16, 2019
Aortic valve repair is complex, and techniques must be tailored to the pathology. With this in mind, the author summarizes his core philosophy on aortic valve repair in 10 points:
July 10, 2019
Tirone David's experience on his operation, with interesting data on the durability of the re-implantation.
July 6, 2019
The Washington University group compared operator radiation exposure during transcatheter valve implantation when performed via a transfemoral versus an alternative access approach, when performed in a catheterization lab versus a hybrid operating room (OR), and investigated the potential benefit of disposable shielding.
Systematic Echocardiographic Assessment of Aortic Regurgitation—What Should the Surgeon Know for Aortic Valve Repair?
July 2, 2019
This keynote lecture highlights the need for a standardized prepump intraoperative echocardiology protocol in order to provide a surgeon and their team with a roadmap as to what techniques may be applied for an effective repair of the aortic valve.
Biological or Mechanical Prostheses for Isolated Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients Aged 50–65 Years: The ANDALVALVE Study
June 28, 2019
Rodríguez-Caulo and colleagues report a retrospective multicenter study on almost 1,500 patients aged 50-65 who underwent aortic valve replacement with mechanical or biological prosthesis. The mean length of follow-up was 8 years. There was no significant difference in survival between the valve types.
In Global News: Updated US TAVR Coverage Decision, 3D Modeling for Chest Wall Reconstruction, and Disparity in Eligibility for Lung Cancer Screening
June 28, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest San Francisco, California, passed an ordinance to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the city, the first such ordinance in the USA.
June 28, 2019
In this systematic review, Arnaoutakis and colleagues evaluated the repair durability and survival of patients who underwent repair for a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Twenty-six studies were evaluated after full exclusion criteria were applied. BAV repair was demonstrated to have low operative mortality and excellent 5-year survival.
June 20, 2019
Pouya Youssefi of Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, France, presents annuloplasty techniques in aortic root repair.
Characteristics of Surgical Prosthetic Heart Valves and Problems Around Labelling: A Document From the EACTS—STS—AATS Valve Labelling Task Force
June 19, 2019
This position paper written by the EACTS, STS, and AATS Valve Labeling Task Force focuses on problems around sizing and labeling of various prosthetic valves.