Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) continues to be responsible for major cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the developing world. It constitutes a double tragedy because it disproportionately affects economically disadvantaged people and young people, thereby robbing them of the most productive years of life.
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Effectiveness of Systematic Echocardiographic Screening for Rheumatic Heart Disease in Nepalese Schoolchildren: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial
February 4, 2021
Two Decades of Valve-Sparing Root Reimplantation in Tricuspid Aortic Valve: Impact of Aortic Regurgitation and Cusp Repair
December 22, 2020
Tamer et al. analyzed the influence of preoperative aortic regurgitation (AR) on the necessity of cusp repair during valve-sparing reimplantation (VSR). They focused on patients with tricuspid aortic valves (TAV) and evaluated the impact of AR and cusp repair on long-term outcomes.
December 13, 2020
This is brief informative review that aids in decision making and provides criteria for early surgery for infective endocarditis in the setting of a neurologic event.
December 4, 2020
A brief and readable editorial on the United Kingdom prespective on the global impact of the pandemic to the delivery of cardiovascular care, attempting a semi-quantitative economic appraisal of the problem.
November 28, 2020
A large RCT with results somewhat supportive of considering a NOAC in the place of warfarin for post operative surgical patients. The study will be weighed against healthcare economical aspects.
November 16, 2020
This free online course provides a series of step-wise presentations for developing a minimally invasive valve program with contributions from experts in the fielid.
November 11, 2020
Mohamad Bashir moderates a discussion on the use of sutureless aortic valves in patients with bicuspid aortic valves.
October 4, 2020
The authors are concerned about the 'deaths at home' having the greatest contribution to the excess of acute cardiovascular deaths in that period of the recent epidemic, AND LOCKDOWN in England and Wales.
September 30, 2020
Dr David and colleagues reported the long-term outcomes of aortic valve reimplantation in 465 patients between 1989 and 2018. Clinical and echocardiographic follow-up was available in 98% for a mean duration of 10 ± 6 years.
Is Myocardial Revascularization Really Necessary in Patients With ≥50% but <70% Coronary Stenosis Undergoing Valvular Surgery?
September 11, 2020
Del Forno et al. present a retrospective study of 77 patients with de-novo 50-70% coronary stenosis undergoing valvular surgery. In these patients, bypass grafting of these coronaries was intentionally omitted.