Another refreshing change of pace with an interesting pre-translational contibution to the genetics of atrial dysrhythmias
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March 26, 2020
In a cohort of 416 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, nearly 20% had elevated troponins indicating myocardial injury. These patients also had a host of other serum and radiographic abnormalities, were older, had more comorbidities, and more often required ventilatory support. Their mortality rate was 51% compared to 4.5% for other hospitalized pa
March 22, 2020
Joel Dunning, Aaron Morton, Jill Ley, Rick Bell, and John Whitlock discuss STS protocol for the management of cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery, an expert consensus statement that was published in January of 2017.
March 18, 2020
The authors describe a thoughtful process for resource utilization in the setting of competing needs that optimizes survival for a popultion. Examples of existing guidelines are provided.
March 12, 2020
Filmed at the 2020 STS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Faisal Ghazi Bakaeen of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, moderates a discussion on coronary artery bypass grafting.
Beneficial Effect of Left Atrial Appendage Closure During Cardiac Surgery: A Meta-Analysis of 280,585 Patients
February 20, 2020
This meta-analysis looks at the impact on concomitant LAA closure during cardiac surgery in patients with AF prior to surgery. The authors analyzed 22 studies with over 250,000 patients. Overall, LAA closure reduced the incidence of postoperative stroke and mortality.
February 11, 2020
The 2019 EACTS/EACTA/EBCP Guidelines on cardiopulmonary bypass in adult cardiac surgery is setting a worldwide benchmark on cooperation of perfusionists and cardiac surgeons in the joined care of cardiac surgery patients. This is the first European document on guidelines regarding the conduction of cardiopulmonary bypass.
January 3, 2020
Using a standardized intraoperative autologous blood donation protocol, surgical complications, postoperative transfusions, and transfusion volumes were all reduced.
Professor David Taggart Responds to the EXCEL Authors' Rebuttal of the Criticisms of the EXCEL Trial
January 1, 2020
In the ongoing debate about the results of the EXCEL trial in which Professor Taggart withdrew his authorship and EACTS withdrew their support for the recommendations regarding PCI versus CABG, we previously posted the response from the EXCEL remaining coauthors :
December 31, 2019
As a new political crisis for the United States evolves in Iraq, this is a timely glimpse at the impact of medical diplomacy. "In conflict zones, I enter each operation knowing that each surgery - mostly open-heart - is saving a life while all around us people are dying for mere thought differences.