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Quality of life in cardiac surgery

Alina Yang, Ji Liu
The population of patients on left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has increased significantly since the 1990s, and with it, need for non-cardiac elective surgeries. Presence of an LVAD or heart failure, however, can cause physicians to perceive these patients to be at prohibitively high risk for elective surgery. Nevertheless, as one of the most common causes of poor vision in the elderly, cataracts can significantly limit improvements in quality of life that a patient may have otherwise gained from LVAD support...
March 16, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
A González-Pérez, J Z Al-Sibai, P Álvarez-Fernández, P Martínez-Camblor, M Argüello-Junquera, J M García-Gala, E Martínez-Revuelta, J Silva, C Morís, G M Albaiceta
BACKGROUND: The optimal blood management after cardiac surgery remains controversial. Moreover, blood transfusions may have an impact on long-term outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to characterize the impact of liberal red blood cell transfusions on Health-Related Quality of life (HRQoL) after cardiac surgery. METHODS: We studied a cohort of 205 consecutive patients after ICU discharge. Baseline characteristics and clinical data were recorded, and HRQoL was assessed using the EuroQoL-5D instrument, applied 6 months after ICU discharge...
March 12, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Hermann Blessberger, Juergen Kammler, Hans Domanovits, Oliver Schlager, Brigitte Wildner, Danyel Azar, Martin Schillinger, Franz Wiesbauer, Clemens Steinwender
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have yielded conflicting results regarding the ability of beta-blockers to influence perioperative cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Thus routine prescription of these drugs in unselected patients remains a controversial issue. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to systematically analyse the effects of perioperatively administered beta-blockers for prevention of surgery-related mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing any type of surgery while under general anaesthesia...
March 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Michael Ibrahim, Audrey E Spelde, Timothy I Carter, Prakash A Patel, Nimesh Desai
The normal aortic valve is a sophisticated and dynamic structure whose equal replacement has not yet been actualized by modern technology. The use of the pulmonary autograft as a substitute for a diseased aortic valve (the Ross procedure) has been in practice for several decades in many types of patient. In the adult, it has not been adopted widely due to concerns about its technical challenge, complex perioperative care, the development of pulmonic valve disease, and concerns about long-term dilatation of the neo-aortic root, among others...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Annemieke Oude Lansink-Hartgring, Dinis Dos Reis Miranda, Dirk W Donker, Jacinta J Maas, Thijs Delnoij, Marijn Kuijpers, Judith van den Brule, Erik Scholten, Hendrik Endeman, Alexander P J Vlaar, Walter M van den Bergh
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is used to support the cardiorespiratory function in case of severe cardiac and/or respiratory failure in critically ill patients. According to the ELSO guidelines ECLS should be considered when estimated mortality risk approximates 80%. ECLS seems an efficient therapy in terms of survival benefit, but no undisputed evidence is delivered yet. The aim of the study is to assess the health-related quality of life after ECLS treatment and its cost effectiveness...
March 9, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Farid Froghi, Rahul Koti, Kurinchi Gurusamy, Susan Mallett, Douglas Thorburn, Linda Selves, Sarah James, Jeshika Singh, Manuel Pinto, Christine Eastgate, Margaret McNeil, Helder Filipe, Fatima Jichi, Nick Schofield, Daniel Martin, Brian Davidson
BACKGROUND: Patients with liver cirrhosis undergoing liver transplantation have a hyperdynamic circulation which persists into the early postoperative period making accurate assessment of fluid requirements challenging. Goal-directed fluid therapy (GDFT) has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality in a number of surgery settings. The impact of GDFT in patients undergoing liver transplantation is unknown. A feasibility trial was designed to determine patient and clinician support for recruitment into a randomised controlled trial of GDFT following liver transplantation, adherence to a GDFT protocol, participant withdrawal, and to determine appropriate endpoints for a subsequent larger trial to evaluate the efficacy of GDFT in patients undergoing liver transplantation...
March 7, 2018: Trials
JaBaris D Swain, Colleen Sinnott, Suellen Breakey, Rian Hasson Charles, Gita Mody, Napthal Nyirimanzi, Ceeya Patton-Bolman, Patricia Come, Gapira Ganza, Emmanuel Rusingiza, Nathan Ruhamya, Joseph Mucumbitsi, Jorge Borges, Martin Zammert, Jochen D Muehlschlegel, Robert Oakes, Bruce Leavitt, R Morton Bolman
OBJECTIVE: Despite its near complete eradication in resource-rich countries, rheumatic heart disease remains the most common acquired cardiovascular disease in sub-Saharan Africa. With a ratio of physicians/population of 1 per 10,500, including only 4 cardiologists for a population of 11.4 million, Rwanda represents a resource-limited setting lacking the local capacity to detect and treat early cases of strep throat and perform lifesaving operations for advanced rheumatic heart disease...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Harriet Riegger, Alexa Hollinger, Burkhardt Seifert, Katharina Toft, Andrea Blum, Tatjana Zehnder, Martin Siegemund
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a neurobehavioural syndrome that frequently develops in the postoperative setting. The incidence of elderly patients who develop delirium during hospital stay ranges from 10 to 80% (Schonauer et al., J Pept Sci. 2017). Delirium was first described more than half a century ago in the cardiac surgery population (Blachy and Starr, Am J Psychiatry 121:371-5, 1964), where it was already discovered as a state that might be accompanied by serious complications such as prolonged ICU and hospital stay, reduced quality of life and increased mortality...
February 26, 2018: Trials
Nagy Mekhail, Ogi Visnjevac, Gerges Azer, Diana Sue Mehanny, Priya Agrawal, Victor Foorsov
To assess the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) for each indication, one must critically assess each specific clinical outcome to identify outcomes that benefit from SCS therapy. To date, a comprehensive review of clinically relevant outcome-specific evidence regarding SCS has not been published. We aimed to assess all randomized controlled trials from the world literature for the purpose of evaluating the clinical outcome-specific efficacy of SCS for the following outcomes: perceived pain relief or change pain score, quality of life, functional status, psychological impact, analgesic medication utilization, patient satisfaction, and health care cost and utilization...
February 23, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Bhavani Manivannan, Deepak Gowda, Pradeep Bulagonda, Abhishek Rao, Sai Suguna Raman, Shanmuga Vadivoo Natarajan
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the Surveillance of Surgical Site Infection (SSI), Auditing, and Feedback (SAF) effect on the rate of compliance with an SSI care bundle and measured its effectiveness in reducing the SSI rate. METHOD: A prospective cohort study from January 2014 to December 2016 was classified into three phases: pre-SAF, early-SAF, and late-SAF. Pre-operative baseline characteristics of 24,677 patients who underwent orthopedic, cardiovascular thoracic surgery (CTVS) or urologic operations were recorded...
February 26, 2018: Surgical Infections
Weiang Yan, Pallav Shah, Brett Hiebert, Zlatko Pozeg, Nitin Ghorpade, Rohit K Singal, Rizwan A Manji, Rakesh C Arora
OBJECTIVES: Long-term quality of life following open surgical valve replacement is an increasingly important outcome to patients and their caregivers. This study examines non-institutionalized survival and rehospitalization within our surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) and mitral valve replacement (MVR) populations. METHODS: A retrospective single-centre study of all consecutive open surgical valve replacements between 1995 and 2014 was undertaken. Clinical data were linked to provincial administrative data for 3219 patients who underwent AVR, MVR or double (aortic and mitral) valve replacement with or without concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)...
February 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Edward Litton, Frances Bass, Anthony Delaney, Graham Hillis, Silvana Marasco, Shay McGuinness, Paul S Myles, Christopher M Reid, Julian A Smith
OBJECTIVE: To inform the design of a pivotal randomized controlled trial of prophylactic intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) at high risk of postoperative low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS). DESIGN: Inception cohort study. SETTING: A total of 13 established cardiac centers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients were eligible for inclusion if they were listed for CABG surgery and had 2 or more LCOS risk factors (low ejection fraction, severe left main coronary artery disease, redo sternotomy, unstable angina)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Emiliano A Rodríguez-Caulo, Ana Guijarro-Contreras, Juan Otero-Forero, María José Mataró, Gemma Sánchez-Espín, Arantza Guzón, Carlos Porras, Miguel Such, Antonio Ordóñez, José María Melero-Tejedor, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro
BACKGROUND: During the last decade, the use of ministernotomy in cardiac surgery has increased. Quality of life and patient satisfaction after ministernotomy have never been compared to conventional full sternotomy in randomised trials. The aim of the study is to determine if this minimally invasive approach improves quality of life, satisfaction and clinical morbimortality outcomes. METHODS/DESIGN: The QUALITY-AVR trial is a single-blind, single-centre, independent, and pragmatic randomised clinical trial comparing ministernotomy ("J" shaped upper hemisternotomy toward right 4th intercostal space) to full sternotomy in patients with isolated severe aortic stenosis scheduled for elective aortic valve replacement...
February 17, 2018: Trials
Francesco Onorati, Riccardo Gherli, Giovanni Mariscalco, Evaldas Girdauskas, Eduardo Quintana, Francesco Santini, Marisa De Feo, Sandro Sponga, Piergiorgio Tozzi, Mohamad Bashir, Andrea Perrotti, Aniello Pappalardo, Vito Ruggieri, Giuseppe Santarpino, Mauro Rinaldi, Silva Ronaldo, Francesco Nicolini
INTRODUCTION: Traditional and transcatheter surgical treatments of severe aortic valve stenosis (SAVS) are increasing in parallel with the improved life expectancy. Recent randomised controlled trials (RCTs) reported comparable or non-inferior mortality with transcatheter treatments compared with traditional surgery. However, RCTs have the limitation of being a mirror of the predefined inclusion/exclusion criteria, without reflecting the 'real clinical world'. Technological improvements have recently allowed the development of minimally invasive surgical accesses and the use of sutureless valves, but their impact on the clinical scenario is difficult to assess because of the monocentric design of published studies and limited sample size...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
Julia Schumann, Eva C Henrich, Hellen Strobl, Roland Prondzinsky, Sophie Weiche, Holger Thiele, Karl Werdan, Stefan Frantz, Susanne Unverzagt
BACKGROUND: Cardiogenic shock (CS) and low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS) as complications of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF) or cardiac surgery are life-threatening conditions. While there is a broad body of evidence for the treatment of people with acute coronary syndrome under stable haemodynamic conditions, the treatment strategies for people who become haemodynamically unstable or develop CS remain less clear. We have therefore summarised here the evidence on the treatment of people with CS or LCOS with different inotropic agents and vasodilative drugs...
January 29, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
J Hunter Mehaffey, Robert B Hawkins, Matthew Byler, Judy Smith, John A Kern, Irving Kron, Gorav Ailawadi, Tanya Wanchek, Leora T Yarboro
BACKGROUND: Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation (POAF) following cardiac surgery results in a significant increase in morbidity, mortality, and healthcare cost. Prophylactic amiodarone has been shown to reduce the incidence of POAF, however the cost-effectiveness of a protocol driven approach remains unknown. METHODS: All patients with a Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk score enrolled in a prophylactic amiodarone protocol (n=153) were propensity score matched 1:3 with patients prior to protocol implementation (n=3574)...
January 24, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Tomasz Tokarek, Artur Dziewierz, Maciej Bagienski, Lukasz Rzeszutko, Danuta Sorysz, Pawel Kleczynski, Dariusz Dudek
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has evolved as effective treatment in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS) and increased operative risk. Data on the influence of previous sternotomy on the risk of TAVI are limited. AIM: We sought to investigate the impact of previous cardiac surgery with sternotomy on clinical outcomes and quality of life (QoL) after TAVI. METHODS: A total of 148 consecutive patients with symptomatic, severe AS who underwent TAVI were included...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Heyman Luckraz, Carly Cartwright, Kumaresan Nagarajan, Prabhjeet Kaur, Alan Nevill
Background: This is a prospective, comparative, pilot and follow-up (2-year postoperatively) study in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery where the long saphenous vein was harvested either by the endoscopic vein harvest (EVH) technique or open vein harvest (OVH) technique. Quality of life (QOL) and major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) were assessed. Methods: Alive patients who were initially part of a pilot study when EVH was introduced in our institution were included (n=48 EVH, n=49 OVH)...
2018: Open Heart
Eraballi Amaravathi, Nagendra Hongasandra Ramarao, Nagarathna Raghuram, Balaram Pradhan
Objectives: This study was aimed to assess the efficacy of yoga-based lifestyle program (YLSP) in improving quality of life (QOL) and stress levels in patients after 5 years of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Methodology: Three hundred patients posted for elective CABG in Narayana Hrudayalaya Super Speciality Hospital, Bengaluru, were randomized into two groups: YLSP and conventional lifestyle program (CLSP), and follow-up was done for 5 years. Intervention: In YLSP group, all practices of integrative approach of yoga therapy such as yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, and meditation were used as an add-on to conventional cardiac rehabilitation...
January 2018: International Journal of Yoga
C Caviezel, D Franzen, W Weder
Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) offers improvement in lung function, quality of life and even survival in well selected patients with severe emphysema. Patients with all types of emphysema morphology can profit from LVRS when certain selection criteria are present. Hyperinflation plays a key role in qualifying for the procedure. Candidate selection should be performed at high volume centers with a multidisciplinary emphysema board. Qualified thoracic surgeons together with pulmonologists and radiologists identify the suitable patient considering emphysema morphology with its target areas for resection, lung function parameters and cardiac comorbidities...
January 2018: Pneumologie
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