Hata and colleagues performed a propensity score-matched analysis comparing 85 pairs of patients who underwent either minimally invasive mitral valve repair or chordal-sparing replacement for degenerative mitral valve regurgitation. Freedom from major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events after seven years was similar between the groups.
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January 30, 2019
External Aortic Cross-Clamping and Endoaortic Balloon Occlusion in Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
January 28, 2019
Malvindi and colleagues assessed the outcomes of aortic clamping strategies, either transthoracic cross-clamp (TTC, n = 165) or endoaortic balloon occlusion (EAO, n = 93) for patients undergoing minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. Endoaortic balloon occlusion was more commonly used for redo surgery (2% of TTC cases versus 12% of EAO cases).
January 17, 2019
Prakash P. Punjabi of the Imperial College in London, UK, presents the argument for conventional approaches for the treatment of mitral valve disease.
January 15, 2019
Ibezim and colleagues examined outcomes for patients undergoing their first mechanical mitral valve replacement (M-MVR) before 21 years of age. Using information from the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium database, the authors performed a retrospective analysis of 441 children from 36 centers in the United States.
January 10, 2019
Loghin and Loghin detail the intricacies of imaging modalities available for the assessment of patients in the era of novel mitral technologies. They include a description of functional mitral valve anatomy and discuss the multimodel approach to evaluation of patients undergoing implantation of transcatheter devices.
January 2, 2019
Loger and colleagues implanted transcatheter prostheses in the mitral valve position in 33 pigs. Valve performance and heart function were analyzed for both supra-annular and subvalvular fixation.
December 20, 2018
Niv Ad of the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute in Morgantown, USA, argues for surgical ablation for mitral valve surgery patients with atrial fibrillation.
Propensity-Matched Analysis of Minimally Invasive Approach Versus Sternotomy for Mitral Valve Surgery
December 17, 2018
Grant and colleagues studied short- and midterm outcomes for 639 matched pairs of patients who underwent mitral valve surgery by either sternotomy or a minimally invasive approach at three UK institutions between 2008 and 2016. Patients were included even if they underwent concomitant tricuspid valve surgery or ablation for atrial fibrillation.
December 13, 2018
Torsten Doenst of the University Hospital Jena in Germany presents the argument for minimally invasive techniques over median sternotomy in the treatment of mitral valve disease.
In Global News: Coughing Up a Lung Cast, Heart Xenotransplantation, and Medical Record Reading Software
December 7, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest A patient who had been admitted to the intensive care unit for chronic heart failure coughed up a cast of his right bronchial tree made of coagulated blood.