Essential reading, paying particular attention to the table in Section 7: the European experts recommend, again, that in Marfan and other systematic connective tissue diseases conventional techniques are still advantageous because the landing zones will eventually degenerate.
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Current Options and Recommendations for the Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Pathologies Involving the Aortic Arch: An Expert Consensus Document of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the European Society for Vascular Surgery
December 4, 2018
September 16, 2018
The highly respected Cochrane Collaboration is in crisis today at its 25th annual meeting in Edinburgh as one board member is expelled and six more resign. There are more links below but it seems to have been over a dispute regarding the independence of authors and members with regards to links to industry and pharmaceutical companies.
In Global News: A Heart Donor Meets the Woman Who Was Given Her Heart, CABG in the Maldives, and PTE in Lebanon
August 17, 2018
Patient Care and General Interest A congenital heart surgeon in Boston, Massachusetts, was once a patient himself.
May 16, 2018
The authors present a case vignette. Particularly interesting is the statement on reliability of sonography to assess the oval fossa, especially for placing confidence in echocardiographic screening of cardiac donors.
May 14, 2018
Thomas and colleagues performed a retrospective analysis of patient information from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify risk factors for postdischarge venous thromboembolism (VTE) following lung resection.
March 27, 2018
A succinct balanced editorial advancing, amongst other things, the position for initial nonintervention for submassive pulmonary embolism.
Prevalence of Coronary Artery to Pulmonary Artery Collaterals in Patients with Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension: Retrospective Analysis From a Single Center
March 19, 2018
Kepez and colleagues retrospectively evaluated the incidence of coronary artery-pulmonary artery collaterals in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH).
February 18, 2018
An interesting article describing the interface between medical 3D printing and art. It briefly outlines current and future applications, and it also describes constraints to the use of this technology.
February 2, 2018
This review included 55 publications covering 141 cohort studies. The authors found that the relative risk of stroke associated with smoking just one cigarette a day was 1.25 to 1.31, and for coronary artery disease it was 1.48 to 1.57. There is no safe level of smoking.
November 27, 2017
Newspaper and prime time TV advertisements are beginning in the US today that detail the medical toll that smoking exacts on its victims. The ads are paid for by big tobacco based on a court order from 2006 that has finally survived the appeal process. A spokesperson for one of the companies stated that they hope to "develop less risky tobacco prod