Fifty years after the first coronary artery bypass grafting, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) issued together guidelines for myocardial revascularization.
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Readmissions After Cardiac Surgery: Experience of the National Institutes of Health/Canadian Institutes of Health Research Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network
October 1, 2014
This study assessed risk factors, frequency, and timing associated with readmission after cardiac surgery using data for 5,158 pts from 10 participating centers. The overall readmission rate was 19%, and was highest for combined CABG and valve operations. Readmissions were more common in the first 30 days after discharge (80% of total), and were mo
September 7, 2014
The COPPS-2 trial evaluated the efficacy of oral colchicine in reducing a-fib, post-pericardiotomy syndrome, and pericardial/pleural effusion after cardiac surgery in 360 pts randomized to drug or placebo for 1 month postop. Colchicine reduced the incidence of post-pericardiotomy syndrome (20% vs 30%) but had no important effect on effusions or a-fi
September 4, 2014
Brighton Colorado in the story of -- dog who save lives but now need saving himself. K is an eight year old lab -- pit bull mix who spent several tours of duty sniffing out roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan. With his handler army specialist Brandon Donahue at -- side.
September 4, 2014
This remarkable dog served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing out bomb threats, and it is estimated he saved thousands of lives. When he was diagnosed with a cardiac tumor, his handler decided to offer him heart surgery, and is raising money for this purpose.
August 25, 2014
This interesting overview points out the negative effects of adrenaline on outcomes in a number of observational and randomized studies of patients experiencing cardiac arrest. The author recommends using Vasopressin after the first dose of adrenaline during resuscitation from cardiac arrest.
August 18, 2014
Five years ago, the Oscar-winning actor underwent surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to replace his aortic valve, fix his mitral valve and correct an irregular heartbeat. Depression is one side effect of cardiac surgery.
August 6, 2014
This video presents a case report, and then demonstrates the resection of a left atrial-septal tumor using a superior septal approach.
Hospital Variation in Mortality From Cardiac Arrest After Cardiac Surgery: An Opportunity for Improvement?
August 5, 2014
This study investigated failure to rescue from cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery in a data set of nearly 80,000 pts in order to determine whether variability in this outcome might provide an opportunity for quality improvement in low-performing hospitals. The overall failure to rescue rate was 60% among over 4,100 pts who experienced postoperativ
2014 ACC/AHA Guideline on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation and Management of Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery
August 2, 2014
2014 consensus guidelines on the perioperative evaluation and management of patients undergoing NONCARDIAC surgery.