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Heart Failure

October 12, 2019
The association of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality with optimism was assessed in this metaanalysis.  Optimism was associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular events (ROR 0.65) and a decrease in all-cause mortality (RR 0.86).  Mechansims have yet to be identified.
September 14, 2019
This study reports ten year outcomes of the STICH trial. Comparing CABG to medical therapy groups, the authors note that CABG reduced all cause, cardiovascular, and heart failure hospitalizations. This included time-to-first and recurrent events. This was due to fewer total cardiovascular hospitalizations, the majority due to heart failure.
August 31, 2019
The growth and replication of cardiomyocytes derived from stem cells is insufficient to permit regeneration of functioning heart tissue. In this study, the authors used stem cell-derived epicardial cells to facilitate myocardial regeneration.
August 23, 2019
Excellent and brief summary of the debate on functional mitral regurgitation on mechanical support.
August 13, 2019
The translational value for cardiac transplantation of this prospective multi-centre clinical study of vasodilation in amyloidosis remains to be evaluated.
June 4, 2019
Left ventricular ejection fraction was not a predictor of outcomes after heart transplant, and was normal in all recipients at 1 year posttransplant. The reliance on generic transthoracic echocardiography for donor assessment may well be the Achilles heel of this retrospective case study.
May 24, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest Despite being the leading cause of death in the US, heart disease was the most-Googled disease in only one state: Maine.
May 21, 2019
The authors describe a novel technique for the placement of a temporary RVAD that does not rely on femoral central venous access and can be discontinued using conscious sedation and local anesthetic.
May 21, 2019
The authors utilized a retrospective review of the UNOS database from 2007-2014 to evaluate the impact of donor sequence number (DSN) on outcomes.
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.

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