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Cardiac Guidelines

February 2, 2018
An editorial from an influential source discussing the recent robust results of the CASTLE-AF RCT trial. It is likely that interventions for atrial fibrillation will be boosted by these results, in terms of insurance, industry, and clinical guideline support.
February 2, 2018
A brief note on the feasibility (or not) of RCT on surgery for mitral fibroelastic prolapse.
January 25, 2018
A large follow-up study comparing repair and replacement results and trends. Of particular interest to the UK and European readership is the page 113 discussion on the center of mitral excellence principle.
January 17, 2018
The new EACTS Guidelines on perioperative medication in adult cardiac surgery address antithrombotic management, atrial fibrillation, renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system inhibitors, beta-blockers, dyslipidaemia, ulcer prevention and steroids, antibiotic prophylaxis, anaesthesia and postoperative analgesia, and blood glucose management.
January 8, 2018
A very brief editorial on frailty as a risk factor. In the time of weighing transcatheter interventions versus variable access surgical options, quantifying this physiological concept is of major importance for the cardiac teams and, importantly, the autonomy of the patient.
January 3, 2018
Video and a readable digest of a talk in a Harvard meeting, especially interesting in its scepticism on prevention.
January 2, 2018
A sobering editorial, read last May at the AATS, that discusses at length the ethics of ventricular assist as a super expensive therapy seen from the principle of fairness.
October 26, 2017
The Swiss Society of Cardiology and the Swiss Society of Cardiac Surgery officially endorse the European guidelines on the modern heart team and intend to ensure that all cardiac institutions are informed about the application of the heart team approach to daily clinical practice.
October 6, 2017
Patient Care An opera singer talks about receiving a double-lung transplant.

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