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Cardiac anesthesiology

Pavol Sajgalik, Vaclav Kremen, Alex R Carlson, Vratislav Fabian, Chul-Ho Kim, Courtney M Wheatley, Vaclav Gerla, John A Schirger, Thomas P Olson, Bruce D Johnson
Cardiac output (CO) assessment as a basic hemodynamic parameter has been of interest in exercise physiology, cardiology and anesthesiology. Non-invasive techniques available are technically challenging, and thus difficult to use outside of the clinical or laboratory setting. We propose a novel method of non-invasive CO assessment using a single upper arm cuff. The method uses the arterial pressure pulse wave signal acquired from the brachial artery during 20 second intervals of suprasystolic occlusion. This method was evaluated on a cohort of 12 healthy individuals (age of 27...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Marina Pieri, Alessandro Belletti, Fabrizio Monaco, Antonio Pisano, Mario Musu, Veronica Dalessandro, Giacomo Monti, Gabriele Finco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing cardiac surgery, a reduced preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is common and is associated with a worse outcome. Available outcome data for these patients address specific surgical procedures, mainly coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Aim of our study was to investigate perioperative outcome of surgery on patients with low pre-operative LVEF undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: Data from patients with pre-operative LVEF ≤40 % undergoing cardiac surgery at a university hospital were reviewed and analyzed...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Erica Pettke, Nicole Ilonzo, Martha Ayewah, Sara Tsantes, Alison Estabrook, Aye Moe Thu Ma
BACKGROUND: This study compares early postoperative breast cancer outcomes between patients 80 years and older (older patients) and those younger than 80 years (<80 years). METHODS: The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was used to identify patients who had breast surgery between 2005 and 2013 for malignancy. RESULTS: Older patients had a significantly higher percentage of comorbidities and partial mastectomies. Postoperatively, they had higher rates of pneumonia, urinary tract infection, cardiac arrest, and mortality but had lower rates of wound dehiscence, deep wound, and organ space infections...
October 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Giustino Varrassi, Antonella Paladini
Professor Giustino Varrassi and Antonella Paladini speak to Jade Parker, Commissioning Editor: Professor Giustino Varrassi is Full Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine in the LUdeS University, Valletta, Malta. He graduated at the Medical School of the University 'La Sapienza' (Rome, Italy) in 1973, and became board certified in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care in 1976 and in Pneumology in 1978, both in the same Medical School. He is currently President of the European League Against Pain and of the Paolo Procacci Foundation, and is a founding member of both of these...
September 19, 2016: Pain Management
Jonathan Lipps, Andrew Goldberg, Samuel DeMaria, Yury Khelemsky, Adam Levine, Vedat Yildiz, Bryan Mahoney
With pulseless electrical activity (PEA) emerging as one of the leading cardiac arrest arrhythmias, the rapid response and accurate diagnosis of PEA is essential to improve survival rates. Although the use of invasive blood pressure monitoring to more quickly detect changes in blood pressure is widespread, evidence for its use is largely anecdotal and placement is not without risk. This is a prospective, multi-center, randomized controlled trial involving 58 senior anesthesiology residents undergoing a simulation of intraoperative PEA using high-fidelity simulation...
August 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Dimitrios Farmakis, Julian Alvarez, Tuvia Ben Gal, Dulce Brito, Francesco Fedele, Candida Fonseca, Anthony C Gordon, Israel Gotsman, Elena Grossini, Fabio Guarracino, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Yaron Hellman, Leo Heunks, Visnja Ivancan, Apostolos Karavidas, Matti Kivikko, Vladimir Lomivorotov, Dan Longrois, Josep Masip, Marco Metra, Andrea Morelli, Maria Nikolaou, Zoltán Papp, Alexander Parkhomenko, Gerhard Poelzl, Piero Pollesello, Hanne Berg Ravn, Steffen Rex, Hynek Riha, Sven-Erik Ricksten, Robert H G Schwinger, Bojan Vrtovec, M Birhan Yilmaz, Marzenna Zielinska, John Parissis
Levosimendan is a positive inotrope with vasodilating properties (inodilator) indicated for decompensated heart failure (HF) patients with low cardiac output. Accumulated evidence supports several pleiotropic effects of levosimendan beyond inotropy, the heart and decompensated HF. Those effects are not readily explained by cardiac function enhancement and seem to be related to additional properties of the drug such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-apoptotic ones. Mechanistic and proof-of-concept studies are still required to clarify the underlying mechanisms involved, while properly designed clinical trials are warranted to translate preclinical or early-phase clinical data into more robust clinical evidence...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
J Biernawska, K Kotfis, M Kaczmarczyk, W Błaszczyk, E Barnik, M Żukowski
BACKGROUND: The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in heart function regulation. One of the most acknowledged methods for noninvasive measurement of autonomic system activity is to determine heart rate variability (HRV). Reduced HRV parameters-heart rate rigidity/stiffness-are an independent prognostic factor of sudden cardiac death risk because of arrhythmia. Renal transplantation is an important factor in HRV changes because of hemodynamic and ion disturbances. The main purpose of this study was to determine the influence of HRV disturbances during renal transplantation procedures on long-term mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Evgeny Fominskiy, Valeriy A Nepomniashchikh, Vladimir V Lomivorotov, Fabrizio Monaco, Chiara Vitiello, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy and safety of fibrinogen concentrate (FC) in surgical patients. DESIGN: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies (RCTs). SETTING: Perioperative. PARTICIPANTS: Adult and pediatric surgical patients. INTERVENTIONS: A search of PubMed/Medline, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Transfusion Evidence Library, Google Scholar, and the proceedings from major international anesthesiology meetings up to February 1, 2016 for RCTs that compared FC with placebo or other comparators...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jan Menzenbach, Olaf Boehm
Before non-cardiac surgery, evaluation of cardiac function is no frequent part of surgical treatment. European societies of anesthesiology and cardiology published consensus-guidelines in 2014 to present a reasonable approach for preoperative evaluation. This paper intends to differentiate the composite of perioperative risk and to display the guidelines methodical approach to handle it. Features to identify patients at risk from an ageing population with comorbidities, are the classification of surgical risk, functional capacity and risk indices...
July 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
V Perilli, P Aceto, T Sacco, C Modesti, P Ciocchetti, F Vitale, A Russo, G Fasano, A Dottorelli, L Sollazzi
Graft and patients survival are the main goal of anesthesiological management in patients undergoing liver transplantation (LT). Even if anesthesiological practice sustained major developments over time, some evidence-based intraoperative strategies have not yet been widely applied. The aim of this review was to summarize intraoperative anesthesiological strategies which could have the potential to improve LT graft and/or recipient survival. Monitoring must be as accurate as possible in order to manage intraoperative hemodynamic changes...
July 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Miklos D Kertai
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September 2016: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Karna K Sundsted, Arya B Mohabbat, Dennis W Regan, Bradley R Salonen, Paul R Daniels, Karen F Mauck
Evidence in perioperative medicine is published in a wide variety of journals, given the multidisciplinary nature of its practice which spans medicine and its subspecialties, as well as surgery and anesthesiology. It can be difficult to identify new and important evidence, as perioperative practice continues to evolve in multiple areas such as medication management, anticoagulation and cardiac risk stratification, among others. New, high-quality evidence is published each year, and must be placed into the context of not only existing literature, but also practical real-world patient care...
August 2016: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
Navin C Nanda, K K Kapur, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
Simulation allows interactive transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) learning using a virtual three-dimensional model of the heart and may aid in the acquisition of the cognitive and technical skills needed to perform TTE. The ability to link probe manipulation, cardiac anatomy, and echocardiographic images using a simulator has been shown to be an effective model for training anesthesiology residents in transesophageal echocardiography. A proposed alternative to real-time reality patient-based learning is simulation-based training that allows anesthesiologists to learn complex concepts and procedures, especially for specific structures such as aortic valve...
July 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Ákos Bicsák, Alice Jellen, Herwig Tuppy, Wolfgang Paul Poeschl
BACKGROUND: Oral squamous cell carcinoma is the sixth most frequent malignancy in Austria. The incidence of arrhythmogenic right ventricle dysplasia (ARVC), an important cause of sudden cardiac death, is estimated at 1:5000 to 1:1000. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a 75-year-old woman who underwent major oncologic surgery for T4aN0M0 maxillary squamous cell carcinoma and reconstruction with a scapular-latissimus dorsi microvascular flap. The patient died suddenly during her postoperative care...
June 29, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Salvatore Docimo, Abraham Mathew, Alexander J Shope, Joshua S Winder, Randy S Haluck, Eric M Pauli
INTRODUCTION: Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a less invasive therapy for achalasia with a shorter hospitalization but with similar short- and long-term outcomes as a laparoscopic Heller myotomy (LHM). Previous literature comparing POEM to LHM has focused primarily on postoperative outcome parameters such as complications, dysphagia scores and gastro-esophageal reflux severity. This study specifically compares postoperative pain following POEM to pain following LHM, the current gold-standard operation...
June 23, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Eugene A Hessel
PURPOSE: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTCM) is a form of stress cardiomyopathy that may occur in the perioperative period and among the critically ill. Therefore, anesthesiologists should be aware of its diagnosis and treatment. The aim of this narrative review is describe the features of TTCM and its relevance to the practice of anesthesiology. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy occurs in about 2-9/100,000 persons in the general population annually and may occur in up to one in 6,700 cases in the perioperative period...
September 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Gilson Soares Feitosa-Filho, Bruna Melo Coelho Loureiro, Jedson Dos Santos Nascimento
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the agreement between the three scores proposed by the II Guideline for Perioperative Evaluation of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC): the American College of Physicians algorithm (ACP), the Multicenter Study of Perioperative Evaluation (EMAPO) and Lee's Revised Cardiac Risk Index (RCRI). METHOD: Patients evaluated preoperatively for non-cardiac surgery by the anesthesiology service were classified as low, moderate or high-risk according to the 3 algorithms suggested by the II Guideline...
May 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
L Chu, J Zhang, Y N Li, X Meng, Y Y Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical treatment of infective endocarditis with vegetations in pregnant women and the outcomes of the gestation. METHODS: Nine cases of pregnant women diagnosed as infective endocarditis with vegetations in Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University from January 2001 to October 2015 were enrolled in retrospective analysis. Consultations were held by doctors from department of obstetrics, anesthesiology, cardiology, cardial surgery and extracorporeal circulation to decide the individualized treatment plan for the 9 cases of pregnant women after admissions...
May 25, 2016: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
Marcello Fonseca Salgado Filho
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Brazilian Society of Anesthesiology (SBA) has been promoting continuing education in intraoperative echocardiography in Brazil since 2011, with the implementation of an Intraoperative Echocardiography Course (ETI/SBA). Although echocardiography is a reality of anesthesiology practice in Brazil, we still do not have an established policy on the area of expertise, job training, and recognition by the other societies, such as the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC)...
May 13, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Alexandra W Acher, Malcolm H Squires, Ryan C Fields, George A Poultsides, Carl Schmidt, Konstantinos I Votanopoulos, Timothy M Pawlik, Linda X Jin, Aslam Ejaz, David A Kooby, Mark Bloomston, David Worhunsky, Edward A Levine, Neil Saunders, Emily Winslow, Clifford S Cho, Glen Leverson, Shishir K Maithel, Sharon M Weber
BACKGROUND: This study utilized a multi-institutional database to evaluate risk factors for readmission in patients undergoing curative gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma with the intent of describing both perioperative risk factors and the relationship of readmission to survival. METHODS: Patients who underwent curative resection of gastric adenocarcinoma from 2000 to 2012 from seven academic institutions of the US Gastric Cancer Collaborative were analyzed...
July 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
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