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In Global News: Boy Band-Induced Collapsed Lung, Magnet Esophageal Anastomosis, and AKI After Heart Surgery
October 13, 2017
October 6, 2017
Patient Care An opera singer talks about receiving a double-lung transplant.
September 26, 2017
While it is being increasingly understood that frailty in the older adult patient undergoing cardiac surgery is associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality, it is still unclear if the addition of frailty measures to existing risk-assessment tools contributes to an improved prediction of long-term disabilty.
August 17, 2017
The Cleveland Clinic group performed a randomized clinical trial comparing transfusion triggers of 24% vs. 28% from 2007-2014. The study included 722 patients who underwent either CABG or valve surgery. While the lower trigger group received fewer transfusions, adverse outcomes did not differ between the groups.
Standards Defining a ‘Heart Valve Centre’: ESC Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease and European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery Viewpoint
July 25, 2017
This review paper, written by the ESC working group on valvular heart disease, defines what consitutes a good Heart Valve Centre. All relevant topics including multidisciplenary heart teams, data collection and review, training and future directions are discussed from an organizational point of view.
Variable selection methods for multiple regressions influence the parsimony of risk prediction models for cardiac surgery
May 22, 2017
A surprisingly readable Australasian manuscript on risk prediction models for cardiac surgery. Interesting that the class of dyspnoea was not captured in 5.28% of the operated patients.
Edwards Lifesciences' Every Heartbeat Matters Initiative On Track To Impact 1 Million Underserved People By 2020
May 18, 2017
Following a charitable initiative launched in 2014 to impact one million underserved people by 2020, Edwards provides a current update on progress toward that goal. Dr.
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.
February 26, 2017
In this manuscript, the authors describe their findings in an observational prospective study of 52 patients who had tentative diagnoses of bioprosthetic valve thrombosis (BPVT) of surgically implanted valves over a 3-year period.
Diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction after heart valve surgery with new cut-off point of high-sensitivity troponin T and new ECG or echocardiogram changes
February 17, 2017
These authors from Spain retrospectively analyzed a group of 805 patients undergoing isolated heart valve surgery in order to correlate levels of high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-cTnT) and CK-MB with whether a patient experienced a postoperative MI, as diagnosed by EKG and/or TTE.