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John-Peder Escobar Kvitting, Odd R Geiran
In 1977, Karl Viktor Hall implanted a novel tilting disc heart valve prosthesis at Rikshospitalet in Oslo, Norway. The Medtronic-Hall valve was known for its excellent durability and low thrombogenicity. Hall popularized the use of the great saphenous vein in situ as an arterial shunt in the 1960s, made a metal stripper to lyse vein valves, and introduced electromagnetic flowmeters in vascular surgery. He performed the first coronary artery bypass graft in Scandinavia in 1969. Under his leadership the first heart transplantation and the first heart-lung transplantation were performed in Scandinavia by his successor Tor Frøysaker in 1983 and 1986, respectively...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Angelo M Dell'Aquila, Francesco Pollari, Khalil Fattouch, Giuseppe Santarpino, Julia Hillebrand, Stefan Schneider, Jan Landwerht, Giuseppe Nasso, Renato Gregorini, Mauro Del Giglio, Elisa Mikus, Alberto Albertini, Heinz Deschka, Theodor Fischlein, Sven Martens, Alina Gallo, Giovanni Concistrè, Giuseppe Speziale, Tommaso Regesta
This study provides early results of re-operations after the prior surgical treatment of acute type A aortic dissection (AAD) and identifies risk factors for mortality. Between May 2003 and January 2014, 117 aortic re-operations after an initial operation for AAD (a mean time from the first procedure was 3.98 years, with a range of 0.1-20.87 years) were performed in 110 patients (a mean age of 59.8 ± 12.6 years) in seven European institutions. The re-operation was indicated due to a proximal aortic pathology in ninety cases: twenty aortic root aneurysms, seventeen root re-dissections, twenty-seven aortic valve insufficiencies and twenty-six proximal anastomotic pseudoaneurysms...
October 21, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Mark A Groh, Ivan Diaz, Alan M Johnson, Stephen W Ely, Oliver A Binns, Gerard L Champsaur
BACKGROUND: Patients at intermediate risk (IR) according to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons risk score are today frequently oriented toward the transfemoral aortic valve replacement (TAVR) option. Our goal was to evaluate the best treatment strategies for IR patients with severe aortic stenosis. METHODS: Of a consecutive series of 1,144 surgical aortic valve replacements (AVRs) performed in our institution between 2008 and 2014, we reviewed the early and late outcomes of two different groups: a low-risk (LR) group of 470 patients, and an IR group of 620...
October 15, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Janis C Weeks, William M Roberts, Kristin J Robinson, Melissa Keaney, Jon J Vermeire, Joseph F Urban, Shawn R Lockery, John M Hawdon
The screening of candidate compounds and natural products for anthelmintic activity is important for discovering new drugs against human and animal parasites. We previously validated in Caenorhabditis elegans a microfluidic device ('chip') that records non-invasively the tiny electrophysiological signals generated by rhythmic contraction (pumping) of the worm's pharynx. These electropharyngeograms (EPGs) are recorded simultaneously from multiple worms per chip, providing a medium-throughput readout of muscular and neural activity that is especially useful for compounds targeting neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels...
September 15, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Peter B Terry, Richard J Traystman
Oxygen delivery and carbon dioxide removal being critical to cell survival, mammals have developed collateral vascular and ventilation systems to ensure tissue viability. Collateral ventilation, defined as ventilation of alveoli via pathways that bypass normal airways, is present in humans and many other species. The presence of collateral ventilation can be beneficial in certain disease states, while its relative absence can predispose to other diseases. These well defined anatomical pathways contribute little to ventilation in normal humans, but modulate ventilation perfusion imbalance in a variety of diseases including obstructive diseases such as asthma and emphysema...
October 14, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Camila Chaves Viana, Carla Marques Nicolau, Regina Celia Turola Passos Juliani, Werther Brunow de Carvalho, Vera Lucia Jornada Krebs
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of manual hyperinflation, performed with a manual resuscitator with and without the positive end-expiratory pressure valve, on the respiratory function of preterm newborns under mechanical ventilation. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of hemodynamically stable preterm newborns with gestational age of less than 32 weeks, under mechanical ventilation and dependent on it at 28 days of life. Manual hyperinflation was applied randomly, alternating the use or not of the positive end-expiratory pressure valve, followed by tracheal aspiration for ending the maneuver...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Lorenzo Corbetta, Ariela Tofani, Flavio Montinaro, Lucio Michieletto, Loris Ceron, Chiara Moroni, Pier Giorgio Rogasi
BACKGROUND: The poor treatment outcomes of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) and the emergence of extensively drug-resistant TB and extremely and totally drug-resistant TB highlight the urgent need for new antituberculous drugs and other adjuvant treatment approaches. OBJECTIVES: We have treated cavitary tuberculosis by the application of endobronchial one-way valves (Zephyr®; Pulmonx Inc., Redwood City, Calif., USA) to induce lobar volume reduction as an adjunct to drug treatment...
October 12, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Franziska C Trudzinski, Philipp M Lepper, Daniela Leppert, Frank Langer, Christian Lensch, Monika Flaig, Robert Bals, Heinrike Wilkens, Peter Minko, Sebastian Fähndrich
Reducing hyperinflated areas in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, either surgically or endoscopically, leads to improvement of functional parameters. It is unclear if bilateral treatment with endobronchial valves (EBV) aiming at total lobar occlusion is beneficial. The aim of this study was to assess the results after staged bilateral endoscopic treatment with EBV. This is a retrospective analysis of patients with severe airflow obstruction, who were treated bilaterally with EBV in two stages, aiming at subsequent atelectasis...
October 5, 2016: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Yongfeng Fan, Daguo Zhang, Daokang Xiang
The present study aimed to investigate the delayed protective effect of telmisartan on lung ischemic/reperfusion injury in patients undergoing heart valve replacement operations. In total, 180 patients diagnosed with rheumatic valve diseases were randomly divided into the telmisartan (T), captopril (C) and placebo (P) groups. In the telmisartan group, the patients were pretreated with telmisartan (1 mg/kg/day), at the time period 96-48 h before the operation, whereas in the C group, the patients were treated with captopril (1 mg/kg/day) at the time period 96-48 h prior to the operation control group...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Pallav L Shah, Felix J Herth, Wouter H van Geffen, Gaetan Deslee, Dirk-Jan Slebos
Advanced emphysema is a lung disease in which alveolar capillary units are destroyed and supporting tissue is lost. The combined effect of reduced gas exchange and changes in airway dynamics impairs expiratory airflow and leads to progressive air trapping. Pharmacological therapies have limited effects. Surgical resection of the most destroyed sections of the lung can improve pulmonary function and exercise capacity but its benefit is tempered by significant morbidity. This issue stimulated a search for novel approaches to lung volume reduction...
September 29, 2016: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Jeffrey Siegler, Melissa Kroll, Susan Wojcik, Hawnwan Philip Moy
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals rely on providing positive pressure ventilation with a bag-valve-mask (BVM). Multiple emergency medicine and critical care studies have shown that lung-protective ventilation protocols reduce morbidity and mortality. Our primary objective was to determine if a group of EMS professionals could provide ventilations with a smaller BVM that would be sufficient to ventilate patients. Secondary objectives included 1) if the pediatric bag provided volumes similar to lung-protective ventilation in the hospital setting and 2) compare volumes provided to the patient depending on the type of airway (mask, King tube, and intubation)...
October 3, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Bhaskar Bhardwaj, Ata Bajwa, Amit Sharma, Arooge Towheed, Bakul V Sanghani, A Iain McGhie
A 71-year-old male presented after sudden onset of confusion and expressive aphasia. MRI head revealed multiple ischemic lesions consistent with cardio-embolic pathophysiology. A computed tomography angiography of lung showed peripheral pulmonary emboli. He underwent a transesophageal echocardiogram as a part of the stroke workup and was found to have vegetations on both aortic and tricuspid valves. The blood cultures did not show any growth, and the patient remained afebrile during the course of hospitalization...
September 30, 2016: Echocardiography
Lillian M Lai, Joseph Y Cheng, Marcus T Alley, Tao Zhang, Michael Lustig, Shreyas S Vasanawala
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of ferumoxytol-enhanced anesthesia-free cardiac MRI in neonates and young infants for complex congenital heart disease (CHD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: With Institutional Review Board approval, 21 consecutive neonates and young infants (1 day to 11 weeks old; median age of 3 days) who underwent a rapid two-sequence (MR angiography [MRA] and four-dimensional [4D] flow) MRI protocol with intravenous ferumoxytol without sedation (n = 17) or light sedation (n = 4) at 3 Tesla (T) (except one case at 1...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Sidakpal S Panaich, Shilpkumar Arora, Nilay Patel, Sopan Lahewala, Yash Agrawal, Nileshkumar J Patel, Harshil Shah, Viralkumar Patel, Abhishek Deshmukh, Theodore Schreiber, Cindy L Grines, Apurva O Badheka
There are sparse data on the etiologies and predictors of readmission after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The study cohort was derived from the National Readmission Data 2013, a subset of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. TAVI was identified using appropriate International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes. The coprimary outcomes were 30-day readmissions and in-hospital mortality during primary admission and readmission...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Ali Sait Kavakli, Nilgun Kavrut Ozturk, Raif Umut Ayoglu, Mustafa Emmiler, Lutfi Ozyurek, Kerem Inanoglu, Sadik Ozmen
OBJECTIVES: Various minimally invasive surgical approaches have been used in mitral valve (MV) surgery. The transapical off-pump mitral valve intervention with NeoChord implantation (TOP-MINI) is a minimally invasive, alternative procedure for the treatment of degenerative mitral regurgitation. There are several special considerations for the anesthesiologist during the TOP-MINI procedure. The main purpose of this study was to present the anesthetic management of the TOP-MINI procedure...
June 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Natalie Behrle, Peter Dyke, Abdallah Dalabih
Motor vehicle accident is the most common cause of blunt cardiac injury (BCI) in children (85.3%) due to the height of the child in relation to proper restraints and the compliant pediatric rib cage (J Trauma. 1996;40:200-202). Trauma to the chest wall may lead to injury of the myocardium, resulting in myocardial contusion, ventricular septal defect (VSD), ventricular free wall rupture, or valve compromise (J Trauma. 1996;40; 200-202; Heart Lung. 2012;41:200-202; J Inj Violence Res. 2012;4:98-100). There are several proposed mechanisms for the formation of VSD after blunt chest trauma including rupture of ischemic myocardium related to the initial trauma and reopening of a spontaneously closed congenital VSD...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Elizabeth S Ellent, Ronald Chong-Yik, Abdul Mukhtadir Khan
BACKGROUND: Cardiac angiosarcomas are an extremely rare tumor with an incidence of only 0.056%. Diagnosing this rare tumor becomes even more difficult as the presentation of cardiac angiosarcomas varies based on anatomic location. Depending on the tumor's proximity to valves, symptoms may be more consistent with heart failure, while growth throughout the conduction system may produce arrhythmias. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a young male with a significant tumor burden of cardiac angiosarcoma in his lungs whose symptoms included pleuritic chest pain and hemoptysis...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Jason R Sims, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano, Hector I Michelena
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A man in his 50s presented with abscessed aortic valve methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis, received intravenous antibiotics and underwent bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement with removal of all infected tissues. He returned 18 days later with severe dyspnoea, subjective fever and bilateral lower extremity oedema. Physical examination revealed tachypnoea and tachycardia without fever, prominent neck CV waves visible at 90°, left parasternal heave, 3/6 holosystolic murmur across the precordium, lung rales and severe peripheral oedema...
September 15, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
O V Voskresensky, A M Gasanov, E A Tarabrin
AIM: to improve treatment of patients with spontaneous pneumothorax who had not postoperative pulmonary impermeability. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 87 patients with spontaneous pneumothorax underwent videothoracoscopy (VTS), lung resection supplemented by pleurodesis (parietal pleurectomy or pleural abrasion). Absence of pulmonary impermeability was observed in 5 (5.7%) patients. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Re-operation was performed in 2 patients (Vanderschuren 2 and 3) namely re-thoracoscopy and thoracotomy with additional ligation of air origins...
2016: Khirurgiia
Harindra C Wijeysundera, Lindsay Li, Vevien Braga, Nandhaa Pazhaniappan, Anar M Pardhan, Dana Lian, Aric Leeksma, Ben Peterson, Eric A Cohen, Anne Forsey, Kori J Kingsbury
OBJECTIVE: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is generally more expensive than surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) due to the high cost of the device. Our objective was to understand the patient and procedural drivers of cumulative healthcare costs during the index hospitalisation for these procedures. DESIGN: All patients undergoing TAVI, isolated SAVR or combined SAVR+coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at 7 hospitals in Ontario, Canada were identified during the fiscal year 2012-2013...
2016: Open Heart
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