OHSU will reactivate heart transplant program in August

Oregon Health&Science University President Dr. Danny Jacobs said Friday he expects the university ’s advanced heart failure program, which encompasses heart transplants, to be fully back up and running on Aug. 31, a year after it was deactivated. “We’re delighted to be on track to bring the program back,” Jacobs said in an interview. OHSU suspended heart transplants last summer after f our advanced heart failure cardiologists quit. Two doctors who perform transplants, Dr. Howard Song and…
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Publication date: Available online 15 August 2019Source: American Heart JournalAuthor(s): Fatima Ali-Ahmed, Frederik Dalgaard, Sana M. Al-KhatibAbstractMyocarditis is a major cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in young adults. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is the established tool for the diagnosis of myocarditis, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) detected on CMR imaging is the strongest independent predictor of SCD, all-cause mortality, and cardiac mortality. Several other factors have been associated with SCD or cardiac transplantation including New York Heart Association functiona...
Source: American Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: ECMO is an important life support method for patients before and after heart transplantation surgery. Obesity, poor preoperative cardiac function, and considerable intraoperative red blood cell transfusion may influence prognosis. Extracardiac compression before ECMO is an independent risk factor for prognosis. PMID: 31410515 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Herz - Category: Cardiology Tags: Herz Source Type: research
ConclusionAdherence to the MedDiet is inversely associated with outcome in older patients following CRT.
Source: Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases - Category: Nutrition Source Type: research
Current pharmacological therapies for heart failure with reduced ejection fraction are largely either repurposed anti ‐hypertensives that blunt overactivation of the neurohormonal system or diuretics that decrease congestion. However, they do not address the symptoms of heart failure that result from reductions in cardiac output and reserve. Over the last few decades, numerous attempts have been made to develop a nd test positive cardiac inotropes that improve cardiac haemodynamics. However, definitive clinical trials have failed to show a survival benefit. As a result, no positive inotrope is currently approved for long...
Source: European Journal of Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 9 August 2019Source: Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)Author(s): Laura Sanchis, Xavier Freixa, Ander Regueiro, Juan Manuel Perdomo, Manel Sabaté, Marta SitgesAbstractIntroduction and objectivesRecent randomized trials of the MitraClip system have reported controversial results in the treatment of patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the safety and impact of MitraClip implantation on outcomes in FMR according to left ventricular (LV) status.MethodsPatients with FMR undergoing MitraClip implant...
Source: Revista Espanola de Cardiologia - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic values of the new HFSS-MELD-XI and HFSS-modMELD scales for the prediction of one-year mortality in patients on the HT waiting list.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Research Correspondence Source Type: research
Circulating levels of endothelin-1 (ET1) are elevated in heart failure and predict poor prognosis; however, it is not clear whether ET1 elevation is an adaptive response, maladaptive response, or an epiphenomenon of heart failure. In the current study, we evaluated relationships between ET1, cardiac morphology, and incident heart failure or cardiovascular death in participants with no evidence of clinical cardiovascular disease at the time ET1 was measured.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Clinical Science Source Type: research
Heart failure affects over 5 million Americans, with numbers expected to rise. While heart transplantation is the most effective long-term strategy for end-stage heart failure, there is a limited cardiac donor pool, and these organs are often unavailable at the time of need. Left ventricular assist devices, therefore, continue to be used to bridge this gap. Originally implanted as a bridge to transplant, these devices are now additionally utilized as destination therapy for patients ineligible for transplant. With the widespread applicability of these devices for not just temporary measures, but also for prolonged use, the...
Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
We present a rare case of cerebral arterial gas embolism (CAGE) following axillary IABP rupture.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Case Anecdotes, Comments and Opinions Source Type: research
In conclusion, with study of the frailty syndrome still in its infancy, frailty analysis remains a major challenge. It is a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to shed light on the multiple mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of this syndrome. Although several mechanisms contribute to frailty, immune system alteration seems to play a central role: this syndrome is characterized by increased levels of pro-inflammatory markers and the resulting pro-inflammatory status can have negative effects on various organs. Future studies should aim to better clarify the immune system alteration in frailty, and seek to esta...
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