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Cardiac

July 21, 2015
The presence of lymphoma within the heart has both local and systemic effects. This case report describes a patient who presented with evidence of right-sided heart failure secondary to cardiac involvement of systemic lymphoma.
July 9, 2015
Twenty-five cardiac surgery trainees underwent randomization to learn TEE interpretation by either of two approaches:  traditional teaching during cardiac surgery vs. simulation-based teaching via the Heartworks simulator.
June 17, 2015
Using propensity score matching techniques, outcomes and costs for robotic cardiac surgery were compared to open cardiac surgery using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.  Robotic surgery was more expensive ($39,030 vs $36,340) but was associated with a shorter length of stay (5 vs 6 days), lower mortality (1.0% vs 1.9%), and lower overall com
June 14, 2015
This Swedish study was a retrospective review over a 20-year time period that compared survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest between those receiving bystander CPR prior to EMS arrival and those not receiving such.  CPR before the arrival of EMS was associated with an increased 30-d survival rate (odds ratio 2.15; 95% CI 1.88-2.45).
June 10, 2015
Gianluigi Bisleri of University of Brescia Medical School, Brescia, Italy, discusses a hybrid treatment for atrial fibrillation using endoscopic ablation.
May 29, 2015
240 high risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery were randomized to remote ischemic preconditioning (3 5-min cycles of single upper extremity ischemia after anesthetic induction) or sham.  Preconditioning reduced the incidence of acute kidney injury by one-third and the need for renal replacement therapy by two-thirds.  These results were associated
May 17, 2015
The question of whether digoxin increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or congestive heart failure (CHF) continues to be a matter of debate. The authors of this manuscript attempt to find an answer with a meta-analysis and systematic review of the literature.
May 11, 2015
This video demonstrates the surgical treatment of a right ventricular myxoma.
April 20, 2015
The authors present a video of a severely stenosed and tortuous graft, redone via saphenous vein graft from the descending thoracic aorta to the obtuse marginal artery. A minimally invasive approach was used.
April 8, 2015
This video shows a rare case of a female patient with a giant left ventricular pseudoaneurysm following a recent myocardial infarction.

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