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Cardiac

April 4, 2015
This multicenter randomized trial examined restrictive versus liberal threshold in red-cell transfusion in patients after cardiac surgery.  The results were provocative, with more deaths in the restrictiv group compared to the liberal transfusion group.  Posoperative complications were also slightly higher in the restrictive group.  
March 23, 2015
This case study details the resection and pericardiectomy for a pericardial tumor in a 58-year-old woman.
March 16, 2015
In this manuscript the authors present a post-hoc study of the SYNTAX trial. They compare outcomes between those patients on optimal medical therapy (OMT) and non-optimal medical therapy following revascularization for complex coronary artery disease (CAD).
March 2, 2015
The frequency of blood draws after cardiac surgery is rarely tracked.  This study tracked such activity for a 6-month period at the Cleveland Clinic.  In over 1,800 pts, the average number of tests requiring blood was 115.  Total average blood volume removed was 454 ml.  The average for complex procedures was 653 ml.  This system is ripe for process
March 2, 2015
This interesting article mapped myocardial remodeling in swine after induced MI using serial 3D MRI imaging.  Principal strain magnitude and angle were measured, and demonstrated progressive decrease in magnitude and angle rotation away from the site of injury, resulting in adverse remodeling and decreased contractility. 
February 24, 2015
Resently confronted with the problem of plasma leakage out of the gas exhaust port of the oxygenator, necessesatatting changing of the oxygenator several times in 48 hours. We noted that the the plasma in the discarded oxygenator that had seperated was milky white in color and we checked for hyperlipidemia which was affirmed.
February 21, 2015
Beautiful video.  The background music is also beautiful, but I think something with more of a beat would have been appropriate.
February 14, 2015
The author presents credible (and enticing) evidence for eating dark chocolate for health reasons, including managing hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
February 10, 2015
Dr. Reed et al from the Cleveland Clinic conducted this prospective study to assess whether VerifyNow point-of-care platelet testing could predict bleeding in 39 patients receiving Plavix and undergoing CABG.  Patients in higher PRU quartiles experienced smaller decreases in hematocrit and less bleeding.
February 5, 2015
In this recently published clinical study investigators from Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital evaluated the safety of Del Nido cardioplegia in high-risk CABG surgery after AMI.

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