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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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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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CABG reduces 10-year mortality rate in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy

CHICAGO — Compared with medical therapy alone, CABG plus medical therapy reduced mortality rates over 10 years in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, according to long-term results of the STICHES trial reported at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session. Eric J. Velazquez, MD, and colleagues randomly assigned 1,212 patients with left ventricular ejection fraction 35% [...]
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Drastic Fluctuations in CABG Costs Across Hospitals

Drastic Fluctuations in CABG Costs Across Hospitals The price of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) varies widely across U.S. hospitals, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology. Bria D. Giacomino, DO, from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, and colleagues obtained [...]
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Pre-operative aspirin not linked with improved outcomes during CABG

High-risk patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery who were randomized to receive 100mg aspirin on the day of surgery did not experience lower rates of death or thrombotic complications within 30 days after surgery compared to those who received placebo. Patients in the aspirin group did not experience higher rates of [...]
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