Perfusion Blog

A collection of posts from our Perfusion Community.

Mitral Valve

VA hospitals favor mitral valve repair vs. replacement

10-year rates mirror non-VA hospitals although wide variability in MV repair rates among centers noted, according to presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting Little is known about mitral valve (MV) surgical outcomes within the largest US federal health system — the Veterans Administration (VA) Health System. At the 96th AATS Annual Meeting, data presented from…
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pneumonia heart surgery

Data helps predict risk of pneumonia after heart surgery

New risk model shows patients may recover pneumonia-free through prehabilitation Pneumonia is the most prevalent infection after heart surgery, leading to longer hospital stays and lower odds of survival. But a new analysis of data from thousands of patients who had coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery at Michigan hospitals revealed ways people can prepare…
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TAVR

Combined OPCAB and TAVR May Be an Option

A hybrid procedure combining off-pump CABG and transaortic TAVR appears feasible as a treatment approach for select patients with complex coronary disease and severe aortic stenosis, a small case series suggests. Over a 10-month period, operators performed the hybrid procedure in four men, all of whom had uneventful recoveries and remained complication-free through 6 months, [...]
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aortic dissection

Discovery yields answers for family with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection

A new finding by clinicians and geneticists may solve a medical mystery that one family has faced for the last 15 years and help identify the cause of a rare aortic disease in other patients as well. Through genetic analysis of a family with a history of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD), investigators at [...]
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CABG

CABG Shows Survival Advantage Over PCI in Nondiabetic Patients With Multivessel Disease

The theory that contemporary PCI might diminish the advantage of CABG in patients with multivessel disease does not appear to be valid, at least based on pooled patient-level data from two large randomized trials. “CABG, as compared with PCI with DES, significantly reduced the long-term risk of mortality in nondiabetic patients with multivessel CAD,” write [...]
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