The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), and Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) published a joint expert consensus and evidence-based recommendations for systems of care related to valvular he
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Transcatheter Mitral Intervention
2019 AATS/ACC/ASE/SCAI/STS Expert Consensus Systems of Care Document: A Proposal to Optimize Care for Patients With Valvular Heart Disease
April 20, 2019
April 13, 2019
The Stanford University cardiac surgery team expounds on current evidence for selection of prostheses in valve replacement. While more liberal usage of biologic prostheses in younger patients may be appropriate for the aortic valve, the support for this practice in the mitral position is not as strong.
In Global News: Expanded MitraClip Indications, Congenital Heart Surgery After Fukushima Accident, and Reducing Blood Utilization in Cardiac Surgery
March 15, 2019
Drugs and Devices The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the indications for the MitraClip™, made by Abbott, have been expanded to include secondary mitral regurgitation.
ACC to Offer Transcatheter Valve Certification to Help Hospitals Implement Best Practices, Identify Quality Improvement Opportunities
March 14, 2019
On Wednesday March 13, the ACC Quality Summit announced in New Orleans that beginning in mid-2019, hospitals performing transcatheter valve repair and replacement will be able to apply for the American College of Cardiology's new Transcatheter Valve Certification.
March 12, 2019
With the disruptive advancement of catheter-based technologies and minimally invasive techniques in structural heart disease, surgeons must obtain the necessary skills to continue to serve this large patient population. An emergency overhaul of current structural training must occur to ensure standardized training in structural heart disease.
March 6, 2019
Takayuki and colleagues reviewed the outcome of mitral valve replacement after failed mitral valve repair with MitraClip in 25 patients. Perioperative mortality was 28%, and overall one-year survival was 53%. Risk factors for perioperative mortality included preoperative cardiogenic shock, septic shock, and liver failure.
February 27, 2019
A very useful synopsis of treatment strategies for a vexing lethal condition.
February 22, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest
February 21, 2019
Filmed at the 2018 STS Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Tsuyoshi Kaneko of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, moderates a discussion on the future of transcatheter mitral valve intervention.
In Global News: Air Pollution Threatens Global Health, a PDA Occlusion Device for Premature Babies, and Medication Cost and Nonadherence
January 18, 2019
Patient Care and General Interest Air pollution tops the World Health Organization’s list of Top 10 threats to global health.