In this article Michael Mack explains his thoughts on the events leading to the death of Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong suffered a tamponade after his pacing wires were removed which led to a series of events leading to his eventual death.
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July 23, 2019
The authors’ method of left ventricular aneurysm repair was hemostatic with no short- or mid-term complications.
Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Versus Surgical Replacement of Failing Stented Aortic Biological Valves
July 20, 2019
This retrospective study by Sedeek et al aimed to compare the outcomes of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) valve-in-valve (n=90) versus surgical replacement (SAVR) (n=260) of failing stented aortic biological valves in a cohort of 350 patients .
July 19, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest
July 1, 2019
Thoracic stentgrafts are stiffer than the aorta. To understand how this mismatch might affect the left ventricle, van Bakel and colleagues quantified the left ventricular remodeling after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) in 8 patients.
June 27, 2019
An interesting small British-led randomized controlled trial on modern imaging of coronary atheroma.
Prophylactic Intra-Aortic Balloon Counterpulsation in High Risk Cardiac Surgery: The PINBALL Pilot Multicentre, Registry-Linked, Randomised, Controlled Feasibility Trial
June 13, 2019
An intresting pilot that was stopped due to underrecruitment. Commendable mortality in high-risk coronary artery bypass grafting.
In Global News: Bioengineered Blood Vessels, an Antibiotic Antiplatelet, and Veins Versus Arteries First in Lobectomy
May 17, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest The British Heart Foundation reports that the number of premature deaths related to cardiovascular disease has risen in the UK for the first time in 50 years.
Right Ventricular Function is Reduced During Cardiac Surgery Independent of Procedural Characteristics, Reoperative Status, or Pericardiotomy
April 29, 2019
The authors prospectively analyzed right ventricular (RV) function in 109 patients undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgeries. RV function was assessed at several time points by evaluating TAPSE and 2D longitudinal RV strain to evaluate long axis RV function, and fractional area exchange to evaluate global RV function.
April 15, 2019
Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel reported the first 3D-printed vascularized heart using a patient’s own cells and biological materials. The Primary Investigator claims this is the first time anyone has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers.