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Vascular

October 12, 2019
The association of cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality with optimism was assessed in this metaanalysis. Optimism was associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular events (ROR 0.65) and a decrease in all-cause mortality (RR 0.86). Mechansims have yet to be identified.
October 6, 2019
An important and recent consensus update.
August 4, 2019
The Throacic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA) Decision Algorithms in Cardiothoracic Surgery is a 100-chapter compendium with an individual algorithm for clinical decisions spanning the entire scope of cardiothoracic surgery.
June 16, 2019
Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair began in Houston, Texas, with  pioneer surgeons such as Drs Michael E. DeBakey, Denton A. Cooley, and E. Stanley Crawford. Their early attempts to repair TAAA were complicated by risk of renal and spinal cord ischemia and difficulty in reattaching the branching vessels of the thoracoabdominal aorta.
June 2, 2019
The NEJM published the long-term results of the OVER study of open repair (OR) versus endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) on May 30.
March 29, 2019
Cook Medical announced that Dr Joseph Lombardi in New Jersey treated the first patient in the US using the newly approved Zenith® Dissection Endovascular System as part of the device's commercial launch.
March 22, 2019
Endospan announced that it has received European CE Mark approval for its Nexus stent graft system for the endovascular repair of aortic arch disease comprising both aneurysms and dissections.
February 18, 2018
An interesting article describing the interface between medical 3D printing and art.  It briefly outlines current and future applications, and it also describes constraints to the use of this technology.
February 2, 2018
This review included 55 publications covering 141 cohort studies.  The authors found that the relative risk of stroke associated with smoking just one cigarette a day was 1.25 to 1.31, and for coronary artery disease it was 1.48 to 1.57.  There is no safe level of smoking.
November 27, 2017
Newspaper and prime time TV advertisements are beginning in the US today that detail the medical toll that smoking exacts on its victims.  The ads are paid for by big tobacco based on a court order from 2006 that has finally survived the appeal process.  A spokesperson for one of the companies stated that they hope to "develop less risky tobacco prod

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