Patient Care and General Interest Saturday, September 29 is World Heart Day! This year’s theme is “My Heart, Your Heart.”
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In Global News: World Heart Day, Treating Rheumatic Heart Disease in Rwanda, and TAVR Versus SAVR at TCT
September 28, 2018
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.
July 25, 2018
Interesting to read that percutaneous coronary intervention did not confer any survival benefit (nor protection from myocardial infarction) in an international randomized controlled trial of 888 patients when compared to medical therapy!
July 6, 2018
A detailed and somewhat disheartening analysis of stem cell therapy for cardiac failure.
In Global News: Different Opioid Quantities for Different Surgeries, Testing India’s Locally-Made Heart Valve, and VATS Versus Thoracotomy
June 29, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest
June 28, 2018
Chan and colleagues describe a stepwise approach to reducing the time to extubation after cardiac surgery, driven primarily by bedside providers as opposed to a conventional physician-directed approach.