Patient Care and General Interest A charity bazaar raised money for a Shanghai Chest Hospital project that offers free heart surgery to children with congenital heart disease in China.
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In Global News: Raising Money for Children’s Hearts, Lung Cancer Risk in Former Smokers, and Pacemakers After TAVR
June 8, 2018
In Global News: Nuts for Heart Health, Immunotherapy Prior to NSCLC Surgery, and Treatment for Children With CHD
April 20, 2018
Patient Care The Chinese Red Cross has announced that 25 Afghan children with congenital heart disease will receive free medical treatment in China.
In Global News: Raising Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Healthy Eating for Healthy Arteries, and Avoiding TAVR-Induced Coronary Obstruction
April 6, 2018
Patient Care A baby in Taiwan is the third-lightest to have undergone repair of a type A interrupted aortic arch and aortopulmonary window.
MiniStern Trial: A Randomised Trial Comparing Ministernotomy to Full Median Sternotomy for Aortic Valve Replacement
March 19, 2018
A medium-size RCT comparing full sternotomy to limited sternotomy for conventional aortic valve replacement, presented at the SCTS Annual Meeting in Glasgow. The 7-10% one year attrition rate seems quite disappointing, and will most probably be discussed. We will await the full paper to see what was the learning curve for the innovative approach.
The Association of Tricuspid Regurgitation With Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Outcomes: A Report From The Society of Thoracic Surgeons/American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry
March 3, 2018
The STS/ACC TAVR Registry was analyzed to determine the effect of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) on outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The authors found that TR, of any severity, is quite common in TAVR patients (80%). The breakup of TR severity was as follows:
In Global News: The Benefits of Exercise Before Surgery, Heart Valve Updates, and Studying Innovative HLHS Therapies
February 16, 2018
Transcatheter Versus Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients at Low Surgical Risk: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials and Propensity Score Matched Observational Studies
February 9, 2018
In this meta-analysis, the authors compare surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients at low surgical risk. They included two randomized controlled trials and four propensity-matched studies for a total of almost 3500 patients.
January 26, 2018
Patient Care A CABG operation performed at the Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago National Referral Hospital was done by an all-Ugandan surgical team for the first time.
January 17, 2018
This video demonstrates the technical aspects of transfemoral TAVR as done by the Houston Methodist TAVR team for two commercially available valve systems.
January 17, 2018
Dr T. Sloane Guy discusses the motivation behind CTSNet's first Guest Editor Series topic and describes the important cardiac surgery techniques that it covers.