Patient Care and General Interest The American Heart Association has released a scientific statement summarizing emerging knowledge about sensitization after heart transplant.
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In Global News: Overlapping Surgery and CABG, Lung Cancer Screening at the Supermarket, and Reporting Device-Related Injuries
March 8, 2019
In Global News: Heart Failure in Pregnancy, Unconscious Bias in CT Surgery, and Research From the STS Annual Meeting
February 8, 2019
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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Intermacs Database Annual Report: Evolving Indications, Outcomes, and Scientific Partnerships
February 7, 2019
In the February issue of The Annals, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons published the first annual report after the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (Intermacs) joined the STS National Database in January 2018. This report summarizes the outcomes in patients (≥19 years of age) undergoing durable MCS implant b
February 5, 2019
In a letter to healthcare providers, the US FDA summarized a recent evaluation of a postapproval study of the Abiomed Impella RP system. In clinical trials, 73% of patients survived 30 days after device explant, hospital discharge, or to definitive intervention. In the postapproval study, just over 17% of patients met this goal.
January 17, 2019
A succinct handy comment on a small series of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) that is quite useful for a fast read on LVAD for surgeons and nonsurgeons.
“Respect When You Can, Resect When You Should”: A Realistic Approach to Posterior Leaflet Mitral Valve Repair
December 6, 2018
Gilles Dreyfus and colleagues share a decade of mitral reconstruction for degenerative posterior leaflet pathology in Harefield and Monaco (38 per year was the formidable average). The supplementary video is of particular educational value for the mitral surgeon and the cardiologist/TOE (TEE) specialist.
β-Adrenergic Agonist Albuterol Improves Pulmonary Vascular Reserve in Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Randomized Controlled Trial
November 9, 2018
Interesting small randomized controlled trial that will definitely be widely discussed.
Six-Month Outcomes After Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure With a Full Magnetically Levitated Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device: Report From the ELEVATE Registry
October 23, 2018
A post-market study (ELEVATE registry) of the fully magnetically levitated continuous flow HeartMate III left ventricular assist device (LVAD) found no pump thrombosis in 463 patients in Europe and Kazakhstan.
Percutaneous Intramyocardial Septal Radiofrequency Ablation for Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy
October 12, 2018
The authors of this paper investigated the efficacy and safety of percutaneous intramyocardial septal radiofrequency ablation (PIMSRA) in 15 patients with hypertophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM). At six months, they found significant reductions in peak left ventricular outflow tract gradients and intraventricular septal thickness.
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.