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Cardiac

May 7, 2014
Patients undergoing catheterization and possible PCI have a poor understanding of the procedures and the attendant benefits/risks.  This study investigated the use of a standard consent process compared to a web-based audio-visual presentation.  Both processes resulted in similar improvements in patient comprehension, but the web-based process result
May 7, 2014
A transitional care program was instituted for CABG patients to improve care continuity after hospital discharge.  The composite outcome was a combination of hospital readmission and death.  Among 169 pts who entered the program compared to 232 control patients, program participation was the only independent predictor of improved outcome.  The incide
May 5, 2014
This is a really nice summary article of the new oral antocoagulants which is freely available in full.  It describes the particular complications of the NOAC and cautions in renal failure and recommends safe stopping times before surgery 
April 28, 2014
A Consensus Statement issued by the International Aortic Arch Surgery Study Group, on the standardization of clinical endpoints for aortic arch surgery. This guideline recommends a list important secondary outcomes that should be reported to enable comprehensive analysis of patient outcomes.
April 26, 2014
The new expert opinion paper by the ESC working on the optimal strategy for antiplateletet therapy in patients undergoing CABG
April 9, 2014
Bauters C, et al. – There are limited data on the prognosis of patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) in modern clinical practice. The mortality rate of patients with stable CAD in modern clinical practice is similar to that of the general population and is mostly due to noncardiovascular causes.
April 2, 2014
In this observational study, the utility of decellularized allogeneic pulmonary artery patches for pulmonary arterioplasty was evaluated in 108 patients. No device failures or adverse events were detected. An historical comparison cohort in whom conventional materials were used experienced a 14% failure rate.
April 1, 2014
This randomized trial including more than 10,000 patients undergoing noncardiac surgery evaluated the use of perioperative aspirin in patients at increased risk for vascular complications. The end points were death or MI. The end points occurred in equal numbers (7%) in both groups.
March 27, 2014
Carcinoid heart disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with metastatic neuroendocrine tumours (NETs).
March 26, 2014
This study summarizes 3 phases of clinical experience with a protocol for early extubation after CABG: standard practice, multidisciplinary protocol guidance, and multidisciplinary protocol guidance with expanded indications and bedside reminders. Early extubation (

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