A brief readable editorial on a retrospective analysis of the costs of coronary artery bypass grafting in Virginia, USA, which suggests the value of enhanced recovery in coronopathy.
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Heart Failure - Ischemic
March 27, 2018
In Global News: Lowering the Maximum Nicotine in Cigarettes, iPS Cells for Heart Failure, and Anticoagulants and CKD
March 16, 2018
Patient Care Some Syrian refugee children have received surgery for congenital heart defects in Jordan, however many refugees in need of complex medical care are unable to receive such care.
March 12, 2018
An interesting two-year report from the MOMENTUM 3 randomized controlled trial comparison of HeartMate 3 and II, the analysis performed by Abbott. Although stroke and reoperation were clearly lower with the latest technology, reflected in the lower LDH measurements, there was bafflingly no improvement in survival.
March 1, 2018
A 16-year retrospective analysis of cardiac transplantation outcomes, recommending cold ischemic times of less than two hours for older donors.
Selective Implantation of Durable Left Ventricular Assist Devices as Primary Therapy for Refractory Cardiogenic Shock
February 28, 2018
A retrospective Mount Sinai small series on selective emergent implantation of long-term ventricular assist devices in cardiogenic shock. It challenges the traditional concept of short-term stabilisation with ECMO or short-term support, and is likely to generate criticism and discussions.
December 21, 2017
Interesting to read the mortality and renal morbidity of PCI after serious MI. The choice of dual primary outcome may have been an afterhought....
November 30, 2017
Michael Borger of the Leipzig Heart Center in Germany presents an overview of surgical repair for ischemic mitral regurgitation.
Circumflex Artery Injury During Mitral Valve Repair: Not Well Known, Perhaps Not So Infrequent—Lessons Learned From a 6-Case Experience
November 15, 2017
With the impressive average of 150 mitral repairs annually for the last 16 years (possibly a world record, even more impressive given the population of Portugal), the Coimbra team led by Antunes reflects on six cases of circumflex artery injury, mostly in non-right dominant anatomy as expected.
September 9, 2017
The authors have concluded from a meta-analysis of over 45,000 patients, mitral regurgitation in the presence of LV dysfunction (either ischaemic cardiomyopathy or idiopathic causes) is, not surprisingly, associated with reduced survival. Whether this is due to the underlying myopathic process or the MR per se is not clear.
March 29, 2017
The esteemed authors are to be commended on the detailed but readable desciption of their technique under the heading 'Indication and Surgical Technique of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and CentriMag Device' (page 753)