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New study finds no link between sex-discordant blood transfusions and post-cardiac surgery survival

New study finds no link between sex-discordant blood transfusions and post-cardiac surgery survival

In a study published in the journal Circulation researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Lund University examined how sex-discordant blood transfusions (i.e. blood from a woman to a man or vice versa) affected survival following cardiac surgery. [More]
Global Mycobacterium chimaera outbreak linked to heater-cooler devices used in cardiac surgery

Global Mycobacterium chimaera outbreak linked to heater-cooler devices used in cardiac surgery

A global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera, an invasive, slow-growing bacterium, is linked to heater-cooler devices (HCD) used in cardiac surgery, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. [More]
CRF to release new international journal focusing on diagnosis, treatment of structural heart disease

CRF to release new international journal focusing on diagnosis, treatment of structural heart disease

The Cardiovascular Research Foundation announced that it will launch a new international journal focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of structural heart disease and the importance of the heart team in managing these disorders. [More]
Caisson announces successful human implants of Transcatheter Mitral Valve System

Caisson announces successful human implants of Transcatheter Mitral Valve System

Caisson Interventional, LLC announces the first successful human implants of its fully percutaneous, transvascular mitral valve implant designed as a functional replacement in a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning mitral valve. [More]
Study looks at positive link between high-volume transplant centers and improved patient outcomes

Study looks at positive link between high-volume transplant centers and improved patient outcomes

How many heart transplant programs do we really need? That was a question posed by a group of investigators, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Ashish Shah, M.D., in a novel study that used a computerized algorithm to highlight the value of high-volume transplant centers with corresponding improved outcomes. [More]

Computerized model illuminates need for standardized care in heart, lung transplantations

Using the results from a computerized mathematical model, Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether they could improve heart and lung transplantation procedures by transferring patients from low-volume to high-volume transplant centers. [More]
Simplified approach to TAVI holds potential to save lives of many patients with rheumatic heart disease

Simplified approach to TAVI holds potential to save lives of many patients with rheumatic heart disease

A novel heart valve replacement method is revealed today that offers hope for the thousands of patients with rheumatic heart disease who need the procedure each year. The research is being presented at the SA Heart Congress 2016 [More]
New Focused Update to CCS atrial fibrillation guidelines released

New Focused Update to CCS atrial fibrillation guidelines released

The Canadian Journal of Cardiology has just released the 2016 Focused Update to the Canadian Cardiovascular Society's atrial fibrillation (AF) guidelines. [More]
Surgical repair of mitral valve may provide greater benefit in patients with no symptoms

Surgical repair of mitral valve may provide greater benefit in patients with no symptoms

A new study recently published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery questions whether patients with isolated moderate to severe mitral valve regurgitation should receive treatment in earlier stages instead of waiting until symptoms appear. [More]
New report offers exclusive insight into future of emerging markets and surgical care

New report offers exclusive insight into future of emerging markets and surgical care

The growth of emerging markets is poised to transform the delivery of surgical care around the world by 2030, according to a new report. The emphasis will be on affordable technology for early diagnosis; portable modular equipment for minimally invasive and robotic surgery; and smart systems incorporating low-cost sensors and mobile technology to track clinical outcomes and improve team-based surgery. [More]
MID's Permaseal transapical access and closure device receives FDA Market clearance

MID's Permaseal transapical access and closure device receives FDA Market clearance

Micro Interventional Devices, Inc., the world leader in minimally invasive and catheter-based compliant fixation technologies addressing structural heart disease announced today that it received FDA Market clearance for the Company's first product: Permaseal transapical access and closure device. [More]
New analysis reveals ways to reduce patient's risk of postoperative pneumonia after cardiac surgery

New analysis reveals ways to reduce patient's risk of postoperative pneumonia after cardiac surgery

Pneumonia is the most prevalent infection after open heart surgery, leading to longer hospital stays and lower odds of survival. [More]
HSS researchers launch new study to find if stem cell treatment could help people with knee arthritis

HSS researchers launch new study to find if stem cell treatment could help people with knee arthritis

Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have launched a study to determine if a treatment using stem cells could help people with painful knee arthritis. [More]
Novel device for mitral valve repair shows success in human study

Novel device for mitral valve repair shows success in human study

Researchers investigating a novel device to repair the mitral heart valve report 100 percent procedural success in a safety and performance study, the first such study done in humans. [More]
Clinical study examines new treatment option for aortic stenosis patients with larger valve structure

Clinical study examines new treatment option for aortic stenosis patients with larger valve structure

A clinical trial exploring a new minimally invasive treatment option for some patients with severe aortic stenosis recently launched at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. [More]
Novel adaptive mechanisms in hibernating animals may provide clues to mitigate cardiac injury

Novel adaptive mechanisms in hibernating animals may provide clues to mitigate cardiac injury

Novel adaptations discovered in hibernating animals may reveal ways to mitigate injuries associated with strokes, heart attacks and organ transplants, according to researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Duke University. [More]
Cardiac surgery patients who received omega-3 supplementation experience reduced hospital stays

Cardiac surgery patients who received omega-3 supplementation experience reduced hospital stays

A new meta-analysis published in Clinical Nutrition found that cardiac surgery patients who received omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (compared to placebo) in advance of surgery experienced reduced postoperative cardiac arrhythmias and significantly reduced the length of hospital stay by up to 2.4 days. The results are based on 11 RCT's with 1038 patients. [More]
Study evaluates effectiveness of robotic approach over manual ablation in treating heart arrhythmia

Study evaluates effectiveness of robotic approach over manual ablation in treating heart arrhythmia

Whether ablation of the highest-risk heart arrhythmia is best handled by a robot or the hands of an electrophysiologist should be answered by an international comparison of the two. [More]
Common genetic variant in HO-1 gene linked to AKI risk following cardiac surgery

Common genetic variant in HO-1 gene linked to AKI risk following cardiac surgery

Testing for a common genetic variant may help reveal which patients face an increased risk of developing kidney damage following heart surgery. The findings, which come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, may help investigators develop therapeutic strategies to mitigate this damage. [More]
SUSTAIN study to test effect of high-dose selenium on recovery of cardiac surgery patients

SUSTAIN study to test effect of high-dose selenium on recovery of cardiac surgery patients

Queen's University researcher Daren Heyland is leading a study that aims to reduce the risk of complications and improves recovery of cardiac surgery patients. [More]
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