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Heart failure

October 2, 2017
In this Masters of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Meier and colleagues outline their approach to transmitral myectomy and surgical management of systolic anterior motion in a case vignette of a 45-year-old male with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
September 29, 2017
Patient Care A Brazilian woman ran a road race in Rio de Janiero, powered by the transplanted heart of a German Olympian that she had received only a year earlier.
September 19, 2017
The authors queried the UNOS heart transplantation database to determine if LVAD device-related complications (DRCs) were associated with worse postoperative graft survival.  The 5 categories of DRCs were as follows:  device thrombosis, infection, device malfunction, life-threatening arrhythmias, and others.  
September 14, 2017
This study details the short- and long-term outcomes for more than 3,000 patients who underwent septal myectomy for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, United States, from 1993 to 2016.
September 9, 2017
The authors have concluded from a meta-analysis of over 45,000 patients, mitral regurgitation in the presence of LV dysfunction (either ischaemic cardiomyopathy or idiopathic causes) is, not surprisingly, associated with reduced survival. Whether this is due to the underlying myopathic process or the MR per se is not clear.
July 7, 2017
Patient Care A boy’s growth had fallen well behind that of his twin brother, leading doctors in Abu Dhabi, UAE, to discover and surgically treat a congenital heart condition.
June 13, 2017
A succinct review of cardiac amyloidosis, particularly relevant to transplant surgeons that are expected to see more patients with the condition
May 11, 2017
I was moved by this editorial on global health matters in a daily British newspaper by an  academic medical  colleague,  written in response to anticipated changes in the leadership of the  World Health Organisation. It is perhaps time for us surgeons to augment our administrative participation in global healthcare. 
March 29, 2017
The esteemed authors are to be commended on the detailed but readable desciption of their technique under the heading  'Indication and Surgical Technique of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and CentriMag Device'  (page 753)
March 28, 2017
The authors report here on the results of the Italian CHEETAH study, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examining whether adding the unique inotrope levosimendan—in low doses—improves 30-day mortality after cardiac surgery in patients with perioperative LV dysfunction.

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