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cardiology, 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
David R Dobies, Kimberly R Barber
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) provides clinicians with beneficial information. Nonetheless, study findings are often arbitrary, speculative or provisional. The current state of misleading evidence exists in all applications, including those for guideline recommendations. We conductedan appraisal of the American College of Cardiologyand European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for revascularisation of complex coronary anatomy to determine the veracity of the evidence that recommendations were based on. Study-specific critical appraisals were conducted by the authors on the 5-year Synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with Taxus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) and future revascularisation evaluation in patients with diabetes mellitus: optimal management of multivessel disease (FREEDOM) Trials...
2018: Open Heart
Lee S Nguyen, Pierre Baudinaud, Alain Brusset, Florence Nicot, Louis Pechmajou, Joe-Elie Salem, Philippe Estagnasie, Pierre Squara
BACKGROUND: The prognostic role of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains unclear. This study aimed to assess HFpEF prognostic value after cardiothoracic surgery, adjusting for European System for Cardiac Operative Risk (EuroSCORE II) criteria. METHODS: Patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥ 50% undergoing cardiothoracic surgery between 2012 and 2016 were included. Patients with HFpEF were compared to control patients with LVEF ≥ 50%...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Roberta Rossini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Giuseppe Musumeci, Giulia Masiero, Emanuele Barbato, Paolo Calabrò, Davide Capodanno, Sergio Leonardi, Maddalena Lettino, Ugo Limbruno, Alberto Menozzi, U O Alfredo Marchese, Francesco Saia, Marco Valgimigli, Walter Ageno, Anna Falanga, Antonio Corcione, Alessandro Locatelli, Marco Montorsi, Diego Piazza, Andrea Stella, Antonio Bozzani, Alessandro Parolari, Roberto Carone, Dominick J Angiolillo
Perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy in patients treated with coronary stents undergoing surgery remains poorly defined. Importantly, surgery represents a common reason for premature treatment discontinuation, which is associated with an increased risk in mortality and major adverse cardiac events. However, maintaining antithrombotic therapy to minimize the incidence of perioperative ischemic complications may increase the risk of bleeding complications. Although guidelines provide some recommendations with respect to the perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy, these have been largely developed according to the thrombotic risk of the patient and a definition of the hemorrhagic risk specific to each surgical procedure, key to defining the trade-off between ischemia and bleeding, is not provided...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Jarle Jortveit, Jakob Klcovansky, Leif Eskedal, Sigurd Birkeland, Gaute Døhlen, Henrik Holmstrøm
OBJECTIVES: Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defects worldwide and are an important cause of morbidity and early death. A significant number of deaths occur among patients with infections. CHDs predispose to the development of infective endocarditis (IE) and represent a risk factor for increased mortality due to IE. The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence and outcomes of IE in children and adolescents with CHDs. METHODS: Data on all children with CHD and IE born in Norway between 1994 and 2016 were retrieved from the Oslo University Hospital's Clinical Registry for Congenital Heart Defects...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Vamsi Kodumuri, Senthil Balasubramanian, Aviral Vij, Sisir Siddamsetti, Ankur Sethi, Rommy Khalafallah, Sandeep Khosla
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the preferred revascularization strategy for unprotected left main disease (UPLMD). Multiple small-scale trials and registry data showed that percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) is a noninferior strategy with a Class IIa American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association recommendation in patients with high surgical risk and favorable anatomy. However, 2 recent large-scale randomized trials showed conflicting evidence. We conducted a meta-analysis of the existing data to compare outcomes of PCI with DES versus CABG for UPLMD...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
George Renchao Wu, Aman Saini, Imtiaz Ahmed, Charles Finch
Anomalous coronary artery from the opposite sinus is a rare congenital anomaly that can present with symptoms similar to coronary artery disease, and sudden cardiac death. Management of anomalous coronary artery from the opposite sinus varies; however, current guidelines suggest surgery in symptomatic patients. Our patient is a middle-aged male with a history of coronary artery disease and status post coronary artery bypass graft. He presented with complaints of vague chest pain. After a positive stress test, he was sent to the catheterization suite...
December 2017: Radiology case reports
Seema S Rao, Tyler L Scaff, John Gurley, Sibu Saha
Device therapy is a viable alternative to open heart surgery in the management of intracardiac defects. The Amplatzer septal occluder (ASO) is one such device that has been adapted to close a wide variety of cardiac defects with few complications and a high success rate. This is a retrospective review of all the patients who received the ASO between 2012 and 2016 at the University of Kentucky. In total, 169 patients underwent percutaneous closure of a septal defect with Amplatzer during the timeframe studied, and of those, 91% received the device for an atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale...
March 2018: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
Jan-Philipp Minol, Payam Akhyari, Udo Boeken, Alexander Albert, Philipp Rellecke, Vanessa Dimitrova, Stephan Urs Sixt, Hiroyuki Kamiya, Artur Lichtenberg
Background: Cardiac redo surgery, especially after a full sternotomy, is considered a high-risk procedure. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) is a potential therapeutic approach. However, current developments in interventional cardiology necessitate additional discussion regarding the therapy of choice in high-risk patients. In this context, it is necessary to clarify the perioperative and postoperative risks induced by the factor previous sternotomy in the setting of MIMVS...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
Dariusz Kałka, Romuald Zdrojowy, Krzysztof Womperski, Jana Gebala, Ryszard Smoliński, Alicja Dulanowska, Karolina Stolarczyk, Jakub Dulanowski, Witold Pilecki, Lesław Rusiecki
BACKGROUND: Modifiable risk factors contribute to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and erectile dysfunction (ED). We aimed to compare the knowledge about the contribution of modifiable risk factors to the pathogenesis of CVD and ED. The impact of patients' having modifiable risk factors on the awareness of their negative influence on the development of CVD and ED was examined. METHODS: To this multicenter cohort study, we included 417 patients with CHD who had been hospitalized in the cardiology or cardiac surgery department during the previous six weeks and underwent cardiac rehabilitation in one of the five centers...
February 20, 2018: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
Eilon Ram, Ilan Goldenberg, Yigal Kassif, Amit Segev, Jakob Lavee, Nir Shlomo, Ehud Raanani
BACKGROUND: The regional needs and consolidation of cardiac surgery services (CSS) result in an increased number of stand-alone interventional cardiology units. We aimed to explore the impact of a heart team on the decision making and outcomes of patients with multivessel coronary artery disease referred for coronary revascularization in stand-alone interventional cardiology units. METHODS: This prospective study included 1063 consecutive patients with multivessel disease enrolled between January and April 2013 from all 22 hospitals in Israel that perform coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), with or without on-site CSS...
March 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Masanari Kuwabara, Koichiro Niwa, Tomohiko Toyoda, Takeaki Shirai, Shigeru Tateno, Hideo Ohuchi, Yasuhiko Tanaka, Fukiko Ichida, Tomoo Fujisawa, Teiji Akagi, Yoshiki Mori
BACKGROUND: Fontan-associated liver disease (FALD) is an important late complication involving liver dysfunction, such as liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), in patients undergoing the Fontan procedure. However, the prevalence, clinical manifestation, and methods of diagnosis of FALD are still not well established.Methods and Results:This study comprised 2 nationwide surveys in Japan. First, the prevalence of LC and/or HCC in patients undergoing the Fontan procedure was determined...
February 14, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Lorenzo De Marchi, Janice Lee, Nina Rawtani, Vinh Nguyen
Supported by a growing number of studies and case reports in the literature, perioperative use of TEE in non-cardiac cases has significantly increased the past two decades. The utility of TEE in monitoring hemodynamic, and diagnosing causes of hypotension refractory to conventional therapy, have made it an almost indispensible tool during major surgeries, such liver transplantation. Despite this fact, compared to the adult population, there is a lack of an equivalent amount of literature on the perioperative use of TEE in pediatric cases...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Simone Maria Muniz da Silva Bezerra, Eduardo Tavares Gomes, Paulo César da Costa Galvão, Karolayne Vieira de Souza
OBJECTIVE: To characterize relations between spiritual well-being and hope of patients in the preoperative period of cardiac surgery. METHOD: Exploratory cross-sectional study with quantitative approach, performed in the infirmaries of a reference hospital in cardiology. We evaluated 69 patients hospitalized in preoperative period of myocardial revascularization, valve repair or replacement. RESULTS: We verified that patients hold relevant scores of hope and welfare in all areas, being the existential well-being significantly lower than the religious one...
March 2018: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Zorana Mrsic, Scott P Hopkins, Jared L Antevil, Philip S Mullenix
This article outlines the diagnosis and management of commonly occurring valvular heart diseases for the primary care provider. Basic understanding of pathologic murmurs is important for appropriate referral. Echocardiography is the gold standard for diagnosis and severity grading. Patients with progressive valvular heart disease should be followed annually by cardiology and imaging should be performed based on the severity of valvular dysfunction. Surgery or intervention is recommended only when symptoms dictate or when changes in left ventricular function occur...
March 2018: Primary Care
Ricardo Poveda-Jaramillo, Fabrizio Monaco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
β-Blockers are useful drugs in several clinical cardiologic scenarios. Their use in the perioperative period and in critically ill patients is increasing, but their effect on clinically relevant outcomes remains controversial. Long-acting β-blockers can have detrimental effects that are difficult to be counteracted in these settings. The authors describe the possible clinical uses of ultra-short-acting β-blockers (esmolol and landiolol) in the perioperative period and in critically ill patients because these drugs have the beneficial effects of β-blockers, but do not have the detrimental effects of long-acting agents...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Sahin Iscan, Bortecin Eygi, Yuksel Besir, Ismail Yurekli, Habib Cakir, Levent Yilik, Orhan Gokalp, Ali Gurbuz
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cardiac dysrhythmia commonly seen in clinical practice especially after cardiac surgery. It is associated with increased morbidity and mortality for the patients. The pathogenesis of AF is not exactly understood yet, but there is growing data about the relationship between AF and inflammation. Cardiac surgery itself is a big source for inflammation. It causes major surgical trauma, ischemia/reperfusion injury, hypothermia, low arterial pressure, and the equipment of cardiopulmonary bypass makes a large foreign surface thus it activates inflammatory response...
January 31, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Tarek Ahmed Abdel Gawad, Waleed Mohamed Elguindy, Omneya Ibrahim Youssef, Tamer Ashraf Abosalem
AIM: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of early postoperative arrhythmias after cardiac operation in the pediatric population, and to analyse possible risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cross-sectional study included 30 postoperative patients, with age range four up to 144 months. They were selected from those admitted to the Cardiology Unit in the Pediatric department of Ain Shams University hospitals, after undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery for correction of congenital cardiac defects...
December 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Luigi Vetrugno, Daniele Orso, Carola Matellon, Marilù Giaccalone, Tiziana Bove, Elena Bignami
Perioperative risk scores for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery are generally considered inaccurate, poor, or, at best, modest. We propose estimating a patient's pretest and posttest probability of cardiac morbidity and death using the preoperative scoring system plus the negative likelihood ratio from brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) or N-terminal proB-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) plasma levels. Our clinical challenge scenario showed a pretest probability of postoperative major cardiac complications with the patient risk factor as 6...
January 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Alejandra Rodríguez-Hernández, Martha García-Torres, Eduardo Bucio Reta, Francisco Martín Baranda-Tovar
OBJECTIVE: To analyse hospital mortality in patients subjected to cardiac surgery in Mexico during the year 2015, and identify the mortality risks factors, and its correlation with days of hospital stay in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. METHOD: The database of Cardiovascular Intensive Care of the National Institute of Cardiology was examined for this cases and controls study that included only adult patients subjected to cardiac surgery during the year 2015...
January 9, 2018: Archivos de Cardiología de México
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