Patient Care Updated guidelines on dual antiplatelet therapy in coronary artery disease have been published by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Society of Cardiology.
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September 22, 2017
September 12, 2017
Filmed at the 2017 STS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, a panel of allied health professionals discusses the new STS protocol for the management of cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery.
New Initiatives to Improve the Rigor and Reproducibility of Articles Published in Circulation Research
August 21, 2017
An editorial on what will be soon required from papers sent to the Circulation group of periodicals, and probably soon to all reputable biomedical journals. Bolli advances that the internal and external validity of manuscripts has space for improvement!
ESC Joint Working Groups on Cardiovascular Surgery and the Cellular Biology of the Heart Position Paper: Peri-operative Myocardial Injury and Infarction in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
July 26, 2017
This collaborative position paper recommendations are provided on the management of peri-operative myocardial infarction in patients undergoing CABG. These recommendations are based on thorough literature review and are illustrated in a practical flowchart.
June 22, 2017
The Amsterdam Investigator-initiated Absorb Strategy All-comers Trial report safety concerns identified in early results for the bioresorbable scaffold drug eluting stent. The scaffold group experienced significantly higher rates of device thrombosis than the stent group (3.5% vs 0.9%; p<0.001).
Variable selection methods for multiple regressions influence the parsimony of risk prediction models for cardiac surgery
May 22, 2017
A surprisingly readable Australasian manuscript on risk prediction models for cardiac surgery. Interesting that the class of dyspnoea was not captured in 5.28% of the operated patients.
May 12, 2017
A short and readable commentary on monoclonal antibodies and dyslipidaemias, particularly on FOURIER, SPIRE and ODYSSEY trials
February 5, 2017
A review of particular interest for procurement (retrieval) of hearts after brain injury, especially subarachnoid bleeding, the commonest cause of death in DBD in our practice. The authors discuss, amongst other things, the early stress micro-infarcts that may limit the performance of the donated heart, especally in female donors with sub a
Does Platelet Reactivity Predict Bleeding in Patients Needing Urgent Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting During Dual Antiplatelet Therapy?
July 13, 2016
The authors enrolled 149 patients on DAPT undergoing urgent cardiac surgery in a prospective study analyzing the association between platelet reactivity and postoperative bleeding. They found that decreasing platelet reactivity correlated with an increase in calculated red blood cell loss after surgery.
Fibrinogen Levels After Cardiac Surgical Procedures: Association With Postoperative Bleeding, Trigger Values, and Target Values
April 21, 2016
These authors analyzed retrospectively the effect of postoperative fibrinogen level on bleeding after heart surgery in their database of 2,800 patients. They found that serum fibrinogen levels lower than 220 mg/dl more than doubled the risk of postoperative bleeding.