Calpains: Another Piece of the Cardiac Fibrosis Puzzle
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mark R. Helmers, Pavan Atluri Source Type: research

Commentary: Subclinical valve thrombosis - Are all transcatheter aortic valves
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sajiram Sarvananthan, Clifford William Barlow Source Type: research

Commentary: Permanent pacemakers after cardiac surgery. Are we jumping the gun?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ibrahim Sultan Source Type: research

Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery – A Guide for Surgical Trainees
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, Stephen C. Yang Source Type: research

Commentary: Rodent Model of Myocardial Autophagy after Ventriculoplasty for Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Not Ready for Prime Time Yet.
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Darrell Wu, Shuab Omer Source Type: research

Commentary: The Future of a Former Valve: Inspiring, Resilient, or Both?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Edward Percy, Morgan Harloff, Sary F. Aranki Source Type: research

Commentary: Interventions for Mitral Regurgitation: The Sorting Hat Expands
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Stacey Chen, Eugene A. Grossi Source Type: research

Commentary: Composite Internal Thoracic Artery-Saphenous Vein Grafts for Coronary Bypass: Can the two be Used Together?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Oz M. Shapira, Ayelet Shapira-Daniels Source Type: research

Commentary: If the news is good, it is better that we know … if the news is bad, it is better than we know fast
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Lisa Q. Rong, Luca P. Weltert, Mario F.L. Gaudino Source Type: research

Commentary: Is the time for aortic arch redo-surgery running out?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Luca Di Marco, Alessandro Leone, Antonio Maria Calafiore, Michele Di Mauro Source Type: research

Commentary: Thoracic Aortas: More to Stress about than Just Size
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Faisal G. Bakaeen, Eric E. Roselli, Lars G. Svensson Source Type: research

Commentary: Potential Preventive Peroxisomal Policing of POAF
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Alden H. Harken Source Type: research

Commentary: Timing is Everything: Permanent Pacemaker Implantation Following Cardiac Surgery
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Magdy M. El-Sayed Ahmed, Kevin P. Landolfo Source Type: research

Commentary: Subclinical valve thrombosis: a game-changer issue in TAVR?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jean Porterie, Dimitri Kalavrouziotis, Siamak Mohammadi Source Type: research

Commentary: Make Surgery Great Again
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Scott I. Reznik Source Type: research

Commentary: Genetic Variants in Thoracic Aortic Disease - The Root of All Evil?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Gal Levy, Abe DeAnda Source Type: research

Commentary: Law of diminishing returns
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Fraser D. Rubens Source Type: research

Commentary: Overreliance of Propensity-score Matched Studies in Thoracic Surgery
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Travis C. Geraci, Thomas Ng Source Type: research

Commentary: Permanent Pacemaker Implantation after Cardiac Surgery: Patience for our Patients
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 21, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kimberly A. Holst Source Type: research

On the definition of geometric orifice area
We read with great interest the Position Statement about labeling of heart valve prostheses recently published in the Journal.1 The effort to achieve more clarity about the issue should be commended. The authors stated that the geometric orifice area (GOA) of a mechanical prosthesis is the area created by open spaces between the valve ring and the leaflets, and it should not be mistaken for the internal orifice area, which is the area calculated from the internal diameter of the prosthesis. To avoid confusion, it should be emphasized that such definition was different in the past. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Aldo Cannata, Claudio Francesco Russo Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

Computed tomography based hemodynamic index for aortic dissection
This study aims to propose a new computer tomography based hemodynamic indicator to quantify the functional significance of aortic dissection and predict post-intervention luminal remodeling. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Huanming Xu, Jiang Xiong, Xiaofeng Han, Yuqian Mei, Yue Shi, Dianpeng Wang, Mingchen Zhang, Duanduan Chen Source Type: research

Impact of Thoracic versus Cervical Anastomosis on Anastomotic Leak Among Patients Undergoing Esophagectomy After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation
To assess the rate and impact of anastomotic leak among patients undergoing esophagectomy with either thoracic or cervical anastomosis after neoadjuvant chemoradiation. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Alexis Chidi, Eric Etchill, Jinny Suk Ha, Errol Bush, Stephen Yang, Richard Battafarano, Stephen Broderick Source Type: research

Perfusate-adsorption during ex vivo lung perfusion improves early post-transplant lung function
Improvement in ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) protocols could increase the number of donors available for transplantation and protect the lungs from primary graft dysfunction. We hypothesize that perfusate adsorption during EVLP reconditions the allograft to ischemia-reperfusion injury after lung transplantation. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ilker Iskender, Stephan Arni, Tatsuo Maeyashiki, Necati Citak, Mareike Sauer, Josep Monn é Rodriguez, Thomas Frauenfelder, Isabelle Opitz, Walter Weder, Ilhan Inci Source Type: research

Intermediate-Term Outcomes of Aortic Valve Replacement Using a Bioprosthesis with a Novel Tissue
The COMMENCE trial was conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an aortic bioprosthesis with novel RESILIA ™ tissue. Reports of early non-calcific valve failure resulting from thrombosis or leaflet tears in other valves warrant careful evaluation of early valve performance. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 20, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Douglas R. Johnston, Bartley Griffith, John D. Puskas, Joseph E. Bavaria, Lars G. Svensson, COMMENCE Trial Investigators Source Type: research

Neonatal heart regeneration: Moving from phenomenology to regenerative medicine
Feature Editor's Note —The recent decade has witnessed amazing discoveries in molecular and cell biology, with potentially exciting translational applications. Many dogmas have been shattered and many molecular therapies that once seemed impossible have now became achievable and, in fact, are within our reach. One such dogma was the inability of the human heart to regenerate. Since the very early days of heart surgery, this concept remained unchallenged and was accepted by all of us. Yet, the human heart can regenerate, albeit early in life. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Hesham A. Sadek, Enzo R. Porrello Tags: Invited Expert Opinion Source Type: research

Impact of Tricuspid Regurgitation With and Without Repair During Aortic Valve Replacement
Long-term outcomes of aortic valve replacement (AVR) are worse in patients with tricuspid regurgitation (TR) but the impact of concomitant tricuspid valve intervention remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of tricuspid intervention in patients with TR undergoing AVR. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: William Z. Chancellor, J. Hunter Mehaffey, Jared P. Beller, Robert B. Hawkins, Alan M. Speir, Mohammed A. Quader, Leora T. Yarboro, Nicholas R. Teman, Gorav Ailawadi Source Type: research

Coronary Endothelial Dysfunction Prevented by SK Channel Activator in Mice and Patients with Diabetes
We investigated coronary endothelial protection of a small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channel activator against a period of cardioplegic-hypoxia and re-oxygenation (CP-H/R) injury in mice and patients with or without diabetes (DM). (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Zhiqi Zhang, Guangbin Shi, Yuhong Liu, Hang Xing, Anatoli Y. Kabakov, Amy S. Zhao;, Vahid Agbortoko, Justin Kim;, Arun K. Singh, Gideon Koren, Elizabeth O. Harrington, Frank W. Sellke, Jun Feng Source Type: research

Stent-assisted balloon dilatation of chronic aortic dissection.
The treatment of complicated chronic aortic dissection is still controversial. We previously reported encouraging early results with the Stent-assisted balloon-induced intimal disruption and relamination of aortic dissection (STABILISE) technique for the treatment of complicated acute aortic dissections. However, there have been no specific reports on the treatment of complicated chronic aortic dissections with this technique to date. The aim of this study was to assess the results of the STABILISE technique to treat complicated chronic aortic dissection. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Elsa Madeleine Faure, Salma El Batti, Willy Sutter, Alain Bel, Pierre Julia, Paul Achouh, Jean-Marc Alsac Source Type: research

Permanent pacemaker implantation after cardiac surgery: optimization of the decision process
In this study we sought to determine whether PPM implantation timing and specific conduction disturbances as indications for PPM implantation are associated with late pacemaker dependency and recovery of atrio-ventricular (AV) conduction. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jaros ław Bis, Kinga Gościńska-Bis, Krzysztof S. Gołba, Radosław Gocoł, Marcin Zębalski, Marek A. Deja Source Type: research

Subclinical valve thrombosis in transcatheter aortic valve implantation: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Recent high-resolution CT studies after transcatheter aortic valve insertion (TAVI) have reported high prevalence of subclinical valve thrombosis (SCVT), potentially contributing to increased risk of late stroke. We aimed to investigate SCVT after TAVI patients with focus on prevalence, predisposing factors, management, and potential sequelae. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kei Woldendorp, Mathew P. Doyle, Deborah Black, Martin Ng, Anthony Keech, Stuart Grieve, Paul G. Bannon Source Type: research

Simple 2d anatomical model to predict risk of coronary obsturction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement
In this study, a 2D index relying on pre-procedural computed tomography (CT) data was developed to evaluate the risk of coronary obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Megan Heitkemper, Srikrishna Sivakumar, Hoda Hatoum, Jennifer Dollery, Scott M. Lilly, Lakshmi Prasad Dasi Source Type: research

Visualization and quantification of the atrioventricular conduction axis in hearts with ventricular septal defect using phase contrast computed tomography
To visualize and quantify the atrioventricular conduction axis in the setting of ventricular septal defect using phase contrast computed tomography. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Shuichi Yoshitake, Yukihiro Kaneko, Kiyozo Morita, Masato Hoshino, Yoshihiro Oshima, Masashi Takahashi, Robert H. Anderson, SPring 8 Cardiovascular Structure Analyzing Research Group Source Type: research

A novel cross-species model of Barlow ’s disease to biomechanically analyze repair techniques in an ex vivo left heart simulator
Barlow ’s disease remains challenging to repair given the complex valvular morphology and lack of quantitative data comparing techniques. Though there have been recent strides in ex vivo evaluation of cardiac mechanics, to the best of our knowledge, there is no disease model that accurately simulates the morphology and pathophysiology of Barlow’s disease. The purpose of this study was to design such a model. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Annabel M. Imbrie-Moore, Michael J. Paulsen, Yuanjia Zhu, Hanjay Wang, Haley J. Lucian, Justin M. Farry, John W. MacArthur, Michael Ma, Y. Joseph Woo Source Type: research

Esophageal aperistalsis and lung transplant: recovery of peristalsis after transplant is associated with improved long-term outcomes
Esophageal aperistalsis has been considered a relative contraindication for lung transplant due to higher risk of allograft dysfunction (secondary to reflux/aspiration from poor esophageal clearance). We found that esophageal aperistalsis is not necessarily a contraindication for lung transplant. Improved peristalsis can be expected in up to two-thirds of these patients. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Takahiro Masuda, Sumeet K. Mittal, M áté Csucska, Balazs Kovacs, Rajat Walia, Jasmine L. Huang, Michael A. Smith, Ross M. Bremner Source Type: research

Trends in Utilization, Mortality and Resource Use Following Implantation of Left Ventricular Assist Devices in the US
Adoption of implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) has dramatically improved survival and quality of life in suitable patients with end stage heart failure. In the era of value-based healthcare delivery, assessment of clinical outcomes and resource use associated with LVAD is warranted. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yas Sanaiha, Peter Downey, Robert Lyons, Ali Nsair, Richard J. Shemin, Peyman Benharash Source Type: research

Aortic Progression and Reintervention in Patients with Pathogenic Variants Following a Thoracic Aortic Dissection
To evaluate aortic disease progression and reintervention following an initial thoracic aortic dissection in pathogenic variant carriers. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 19, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Elizabeth L. Norton, Whitney E. Hornsby, Xiaoting Wu, Brooke Wolford, Sarah Graham, Cristen J. Willer, Bo Yang Source Type: research

The Future of Lung Cancer Screening with LDCT
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Michael T. Jaklitsch, Francine L. Jacobson Source Type: research

Perioperative care after thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair: the Baylor College of Medicine experience. Part 1: Preoperative Management
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Subhasis Chatterjee, Jose G. Casar, Scott A. LeMaire, Ourania Preventza, Joseph S. Coselli Source Type: research

Perioperative care after thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair: the Baylor College of Medicine experience. Part 2: Postoperative considerations
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Subhasis Chatterjee, Jose G. Casar, Scott A. LeMaire, Ourania Preventza, Joseph S. Coselli Source Type: research

"How to Keep Patients Un-HAPI: Cardiac Surgery and Sacral Pressure Injuries ”: Invited Expert Opinion: Hospital Acquired Pressure Injuries
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Charles M. Geller, Sirivan S. Seng Source Type: research

Surgeons: Buyer Beware – Does ‘Universal’ Risk Prediction Model Apply to Patients Universally?
(Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Makoto Mori, David M. Shahian, Chenxi Huang, Shu-Xia Li, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Arnar Geirsson, Harlan M. Krumholz Source Type: research

Anticoagulation and Amiodarone for New Atrial Fibrillation after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Prescription Patterns and 30-Day Outcomes in US and Canada
We sought to elucidate national practice patterns regarding anticoagulation and antiarrhythmic medication use at discharge and examine short-term patient outcomes. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jason D. Matos, Susan McIlvaine, Maria Grau-Sepulveda, Oliver K. Jawitz, J. Matthew Brennan, Kamal R. Khabbaz, Frank W. Sellke, Robert Yeh, Peter Zimetbaum Source Type: research

The Impact of Age on Patients Undergoing Aortic Arch Surgery: Evidence from a Multicenter National Registry
Elderly patients are typically offered aortic surgery at similar diameter thresholds compared to younger patients, despite limited data quantifying their operative risk. We aim to report the incremental risk experienced by elderly patients undergoing aortic arch surgery. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Jennifer Chung, Louis-Mathieu Stevens, Michael W.A. Chu, Francois Dagenais, Mark D. Peterson, Munir Boodhwani, John Bozinovski, Ismail El-Hamamsy, Michael H. Yamashita, Rony Atoui, Bindu Bittira, Darrin Payne, Maral Ouzounian, Canadian Thoracic Aortic Col Source Type: research

10-year outcomes after off-pump vs on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Insights from the Arterial Revascularization Trial.
In experienced hands, off-pump surgery can achieve long term outcomes comparable to those observed after on-pump surgery and can therefore be considered a valid alternative to on-pump to reduce surgical morbidity. The choice of bilateral vs. single internal thoracic artery grafts should not influence the decision to adopt the off-pump technique. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: David P. Taggart, Mario F. Gaudino, Stephen Gerry, Alastair Gray, Belinda Lees, Lokeswara R. Sajja, Vipin Zamvar, Marcus Flather, Umberto Benedetto, ART investigators Source Type: research

Preoperative plasma biomarkers associated with atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is a common complication in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This prospective study aimed to investigate predisposition of proteins and metabolites correlated to POAF after CABG and related cellular pathways. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Xin-Ya Li, Hai-Tao Hou, Huan-Xin Chen, Xiao-Cheng Liu, Jun Wang, Qin Yang, Guo-Wei He Source Type: research

Autophagy During Left Ventricular Redilation After Ventriculoplasty: Insights from a Rat Model of Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
Myocardial autophagy has been recognized as an important factor in heart failure. It is not known whether changes in ventricular geometry by left ventriculoplasty influence autophagy in ischemic cardiomyopathy. We hypothesized that myocardial autophagy plays an important role in left ventricular (LV) redilation after ventriculoplasty. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Satoshi Sugimoto, Yasushige Shingu, Torsten Doenst, Tomoji Yamakawa, Hidetsugu Asai, Satoru Wakasa, Yoshiro Matsui Source Type: research

Conduction Disturbances following Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement with a Rapid-Deployment Bioprosthesis
This study evaluates the occurrence and predictive factors of conduction anomalies in patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement with a rapid-deployment balloon-expandable bioprosthesis in a single-center, real-world experience. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Iuliana Coti, Christoph Schukro, Fitim Drevinja, Thomas Haberl, Alexandra Kaider, Alfred Kocher, Guenther Laufer, Martin Andreas Source Type: research

Congenital Aortic and Truncal Valve Reconstruction Utilizing the Ozaki Technique: Short –term Clinical Results
We report our early outcomes of the Ozaki procedure for congenital aortic and truncal valve disease. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Christopher W. Baird, Brenda Sefton, Mariana Ch ávez, Lynn A. Sleeper, Gerald R. Marx, Pedro J. del Nido Source Type: research

Single running suture technique is associated with low rate of bronchial complications after lung transplantation
Lung transplantation has evolved to a routinely performed surgical procedure in patients with end-stage pulmonary disease. Bronchial healing problems are rare but represent a potential life threatening complication. Herein, we aimed to define the incidence, classification and treatment of bronchial complications after lung transplantation. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Thomas Schweiger, Ioannis Nenekidis, Jakob Elias Stadler, Stefan Schwarz, Alberto Benazzo, Peter Jaksch, Konrad Hoetzenecker, Walter Klepetko, Vienna Lung Tranplant Program Source Type: research

Home health care visits may reduce the need for early readmission after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.
Since 2017, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services penalizes hospitals with high readmission rates after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Home health care (HHC) is a proven tool to support the transition after discharge. Thus we performed a propensity-matched analysis to determine the impact of HHC on readmissions following CABG. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - February 18, 2020 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Salil V. Deo, Vikas Sharma, Salah E. Altarabsheh, Sajjad Raza, Brigid Wilson, Yakov Elgudin, Brian Cmolik Source Type: research