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February 20, 2020
The authors revisit the older, somewhat misinterpreted hypothesis of cocoa and vasodilation. The title may again be misinterpreted by the general media as an encouragement to gorge on HIGH CALORIE, HIGH FAT nutrients
February 19, 2020
Dr Coselli and associates from Baylor published a comprehensive review of their practice in the perioperative management of patients undergoing thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair.  This is the second part of the review, focusing on fundamentals of postoperative care and management of operative complications.
February 19, 2020
Dr Coselli and associates from Baylor published a comprehensive review of their practice in the perioperative management of patients undergoing thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair.  This is the first part of the review. The unique preoperative considerations to reduce the risk of adverse operative outcomes are expounded. 
February 3, 2020
In this video, the authors describe how they surgically managed an infant with coarctation of the aorta with few collaterals and severe pulmonary artery hypertension using an arch to descending thoracic aorta bypass circuit.
January 29, 2020
In this consensus statement, a new anatomic classfication system is proposed for thoracic aortic dissections.  The acuity of aortic dissection and complicated vs uncomplicated dissections are clearly defined.  Risk factors, presentations, management, and complications are expounded.  Follow-up criteria are also discussed with nomenclature for false l
December 31, 2019
This is an updated list of genes associated with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Dr Elefteriades and associates published the first version in 2017 and made an update in 2018. During the last year, six new genes were reported to be associated with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection.
December 11, 2019
On December 9, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published updated recommendations on the screening of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) based on patient's gender, age, history of smoking, and family history of AAA for symptomatic adults:
December 10, 2019
The authors present a combined open and endovascular approach to a descending aortic pseudoaneurysm with iatrogenic coarctation.
December 8, 2019
Abe and associates reported the trends in the early outcomes of surgical repair for acute type A aortic dissection in 11,843 patients from the Japan Cardiovascular Surgery Database between 2008 and 2015. Operative mortality was 9.5% and 30-day mortality was 7.6%. The number of surgically treated cases increased by 45% during the interval.
November 26, 2019
In this video, the authors demonstrate a nonclamping technique for ascending aortic graft kinking using a simulation model.

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