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Gene variant raises risk for aortic tear, rupture

Gene variant raises risk for aortic tear, rupture

Researchers from Yale School of Medicine and Celera Diagnostics have confirmed the significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture. The study appears online in PLOS ONE . Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms Continue reading

Improving quality, safety for PCIs performed without on-site backup

Improving quality, safety for PCIs performed without on-site backup

The increasing number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) being performed at low-volume centers without on-site cardiac surgery backup has driven the need for new safety and quality protocols, according to an expert consensus document released today and written by a committee representing the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Continue reading

Longer CPR improves survival in both chidren and adults

Longer CPR improves survival in both chidren and adults

Jan. 21, 2013 — Experts from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were among the leaders of two large national U.S Continue reading

Complex spinal surgeries with two attending physicians, instead of one, benefit patients

Complex spinal surgeries with two attending physicians, instead of one, benefit patients

Jan. 18, 2013 — Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes — and a new study by a duo at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) demonstrates how having two attending surgeons in the operating room during spinal surgeries can benefit patients in multiple ways. Most spinal surgeries in the United States are performed by teams led by a single attending surgeon — one top-level doctor who has completed medical school, residency and other specialized training Continue reading

Surgeons pilot expandable prosthetic valves for congenital heart disease

Surgeons pilot expandable prosthetic valves for congenital heart disease

ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2012) — Surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital have successfully implanted a modified version of a expandable prosthetic heart valve in several children with mitral valve disease. Continue reading

Anemia negatively impacts heart surgery outcomes, study finds

Anemia negatively impacts heart surgery outcomes, study finds

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — Anemia is now confirmed as a risk factor for illness and even death following cardiac surgery, according to a study published in the October 2012 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Continue reading

Blood sugar control does not help infants and children undergoing heart surgery, study finds

Blood sugar control does not help infants and children undergoing heart surgery, study finds

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Surprise gift for new mom: A new heart

Surprise gift for new mom: A new heart

ScienceDaily (May 11, 2012) — New mom Windy Hill, 38, of Kingsport, Tenn., was given the ultimate Mother’s Day gift a little early after she was wheeled into the operating room at Vanderbilt University Hospital on April 20 to receive a mechanical pump to aid her failing heart and save her life. While the surgical team was preparing to start the operation, the surgeon’s cell phone rang Continue reading

Cardiac rehabilitation: Even minor fitness improvements are associated with decrease in mortality, especially in the least fit

Cardiac rehabilitation: Even minor fitness improvements are associated with decrease in mortality, especially in the least fit

ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2011) — Cardiac rehabilitation boosts longevity, especially in patients with the lowest fitness levels, Dr Continue reading

Mechanism uncovered for the establishment of vertebrate left–right asymmetry

Mechanism uncovered for the establishment of vertebrate left–right asymmetry

ScienceDaily (Sep. Continue reading