An interesting randomized controlled trial asserting robustly that endoscopic harvesting of saphenous vein is: (1) better for leg dehiscence and (2) at least noninferior for MACE compared to the conventional open "full touch" method.
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November 15, 2018
November 14, 2018
The authors describe the thoracoscopic resection of a massive left atrial myxoma that was causing functional mitral stenosis.
October 30, 2018
This video demonstrates the insertion of postoperative chest drains. The authors detail the procedure in a step-by-step fashion, using diagrams and surgical video to illustrate key technical elements.
Heart Transplant Recipients on Left-Ventricular Assist Device Support at Higher Risk of Primary Graft Dysfunction and Death
October 2, 2018
Will await the full paper to test the titular preliminary assertion.
In Global News: World Heart Day, Treating Rheumatic Heart Disease in Rwanda, and TAVR Versus SAVR at TCT
September 28, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest Saturday, September 29 is World Heart Day! This year’s theme is “My Heart, Your Heart.”
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) vs. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in the Treatment of Multivessel Coronary Disease: Quo Vadis? —a Review of the Evidences on Coronary Artery Disease
September 19, 2018
This comphrensive review by Spadaccio and Benedetto try to address the unanswered question: to stent or not to stent? The conclusions underline that the higher cerebrovascular risks associated with surgery are still overcome by long term outcome.
September 11, 2018
In this Men's Journal feature, Dr. William Novick describes his beginnings in international congenital heart surgery and how the personal credo: "Screw politics, screw religion; I'm here to help" has landed him inside the operating rooms of some of the world's most hostile regions.
August 17, 2018
A well-referenced, exhaustive review.
Female Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients Experience Worse Outcomes When Treated by Male Physicians
August 10, 2018
The latest instalment in the gender discordance saga, this one proferred by business/management school academics. I am not convinced that the coarse gender comparison takes into account the size discrepancy in coronary arteries and other, well-known to medical practitioners, anatomico-physiological differences of human genders.
August 9, 2018
This is a look at the costs related to surgical site infections (SSI), as defined by CDC. They show the impact on the monetary costs as well as length of stay with a variety of treatment methods. The costs of a deep SSI add significanty to the overall procedure costs, mainly due to the additional length of stay.