Additional arterial conduits in coronary artery bypass surgery: Finally coming of age
In April 1968, Rene Favaloro published his first description of the coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.1 In the 50 years since then, CABG has been arguably the most intensively studied surgical procedure. One of the most important and persistent controversies has been the ideal choice of conduits for revascularization, and in particular, whether the use of multiple arterial grafts leads to significantly improved long-term outcomes.2 (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mario Gaudino, Michael J. Mack, David P. Taggart Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

The impact of preoperative chronic kidney disease on outcomes after Crawford extent II thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repairs
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who undergo thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair are vulnerable to worse postoperative outcomes. We sought to determine whether preoperative CKD predicts poor outcomes in patients who undergo Crawford extent II TAAA repair. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Joseph S. Coselli, Hiruni S. Amarasekara, Qianzi Zhang, Ourania Preventza, Kim I. de la Cruz, Subhasis Chatterjee, Matt D. Price, Susan Y. Green, Scott A. LeMaire Source Type: research

Treatment of aortic dissection involving the right coronary
In this report we describe a case of type A aortic dissection with ostium involvement of anomalous right coronary artery origin and intramural pat. After Tirone-David valve-sparing aortic root and arch replacement, the right coronary artery was repaired and re-implanted onto the Dacron prosthesis by interposing a pericardium patch. We suggest a new approach to coronary artery re-implantation, providing a more physiological anastomosis with relation to anatomic pattern. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ermanno Bellanti, Lorenzo Bagozzi, Gino Gerosa, Tomaso Bottio Source Type: research

Minimally Invasive Removal of an Infected Edwards S3 Transcatheter Aortic Valve
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tom C. Nguyen, Robert D. Rice, Juan B. Umana-Pizano, Pranav Loyalka Source Type: research

The Importance of In Vitro Testing of Materials Used for Intracardiac Repairs
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Christoph Haller Source Type: research

Aortic Symmetric Index for Symmetric Repair
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Chee-hoon Lee, Ho Jin Kim, Joon Bum Kim Source Type: research

Left, Left, Left, Right, Left
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Christopher R. Burke, Nahush A. Mokadam Source Type: research

Ex vivo lung rehabilitation: A double-edged sword
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bradley LeNoir, Chadrick E. Denlinger Source Type: research

The nice dissection newly conceived- type B is not a benign disease
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 18, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Martin Czerny Source Type: research

Can the maze be all the rage?
Murashita and colleagues1 recently published a provocative notion in their article “Oral Anticoagulation May Not Be Necessary for Patients Discharged in Sinus Rhythm After the Cox Maze IV Procedure.” The idea of withholding oral anticoagulation after surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation and concomitant valve surgery is intriguing, yet conflicting. In response to the study of Murashita and colleagues,1 McClure and colleagues2 adamantly refuted the concept of withholding oral anticoagulation. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kevin J. Koomalsingh, Nahush A. Mokadam Tags: Adult: Arrhythmias: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Technique of circulatory arrest makes a difference
I enjoyed the recent article by Damberg and colleagues1 and the accompanying editorial commentary by Kouchoukos2 regarding the ongoing differences of opinion regarding the application of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest during aortic surgery in adults. The same controversy continues among congenital surgeons. However, I was surprised to see both in the article by Damberg and colleagues1 as well as the editorial commentary by Kouchoukos that the only technical detail of circulatory arrest that was discussed was its duration. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Richard A. Jonas Tags: Adult: Aorta: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Providing equipoise in the management of patients after surgical ablation with the Cox-Maze IV
We thank McClure and colleagues1 for their contributions to the field of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and for their interest in our study on oral anticoagulation (OAC) after the Cox-Maze IV operation.2 These colleagues make 4 comments in their letter to the Editor1 that require a response: (1) the impact of small sample size on conclusions, (2) their accounting of strokes and the group without OAC, (3) the need to follow the guidelines and continue OAC, and (4) the applicability of left atrial appendage occlusion studies to guide clarity on OAC management after surgical ablation. (Source: The Journal of Thoraci...
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Takashi Murashita, Harold G. Roberts, Lawrence M. Wei, J. Scott Rankin, Vinay Badhwar Tags: Adult: Arrhythmias: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Higher-quality evidence needed before abandoning proven therapies: Comment
We have concerns regarding the recent publication by Murashita and colleagues1 on a small retrospective cohort of patients undergoing Cox Maze IV ablation and left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion. The authors found a low rate of stroke ( (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Graham R. McClure, Emilie P. Belley-Cote, Richard P. Whitlock Tags: Adult: Arrhythmias: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Left atrial appendectomy combined with thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy
Although thoracoscopic left atrial appendectomy has been recently developed as an effective method for preventing cardiogenic thromboembolism,1 the application of this operation is still limited. In thoracoscopic left upper lobectomy, the surgical site is quite similar to that of thoracoscopic left atrial appendectomy, so combined surgery is feasible. When patients with indications for left upper lobectomy (eg, for lung cancer) have had the preoperative complication of atrial fibrillation, we have assumed that additional left atrial appendectomy is acceptable. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Takafumi Inoue, Yoshihiro Suematsu Tags: Adult: Arrhythmias: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Aortic repair in Marfan syndrome: Let's not forget the arch when talking about the root
We read with great interest the editorial commentary by the David  group regarding our article about aortic root repair in patients with Marfan syndrome.1,2 It was indeed Dr David's honest criticism and kind advice that motivated us to continue and to modify the patient-tailored root repair (PTRR) technique, as he and others similarly did with the original Da vid procedure.1,3,4 Even if we are still not able to compare the long-term results between our PTRRs and those reimplantation technique cases initiated more than 20 years ago, we can look at ever increasing follow-up data. (Source: The Jo...
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Paul P. Urbanski, Vadim Irimie, Lukas Lehmkuhl Tags: Adult: Aorta: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Alpha-stat versus pH-stat: We do not pay it much mind
We thank Dr Jonas for his letter to the Editor1 in response to our recent publication regarding our favorable long-term experience with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) in aortic arch surgery.2 Dr Jonas is an absolute world leader in the physiology of DHCA in pediatric cardiac surgery. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Patrick Broderick, Anneke Damberg, Bulat A. Ziganshin, John A. Elefteriades Tags: Adult: Arrhythmias: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Reply to “Aortic repair in Marfan Syndrome: Let's not forget the arch when talking about the root”
Urbanski and colleagues' letter on aortic valve sparing in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS) brought up 2 issues. One was in support of their selective approach to replace 1, 2, or all 3 aortic sinuses1 during remodeling of the aortic root. Most surgeons with experience in treating patients with MFS and other connective tissue disorders would disagree with this approach because if one follows them long enough, the aortic annulus continues to dilate and aortic insufficiency ensues.2 The second issue was how radical one should be with the distal aorta during aortic root surgery in patients with MFS. (Source: The Journal of...
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tirone E. David, Maral Ouzounian Tags: Adult: Aorta: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Editorial Board
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Editors
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Table of Contents
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Recent Papers in the Seminars and Op Techs
Readers who found these articles interesting may also like to read these papers that can be found in recent issues of our sister publications, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
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Information for Readers
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AATS Clinical Trials Methods Course
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

AATS Focus on Thoracic Surgery: Lung and Esophageal Cancer
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

AATS Foundation
The philanthropic arm of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is constantly striving to meet the growing needs of the specialty and future generations of surgeons. In order to continue to grow, while also aligning itself more closely with the mission and values of the AATS, there has been a name change from the AATS Graham Foundation to the AATS Foundation. The Foundation will continue its  work to foster careers and to develop leaders in order to contribute to upholding the high standard of excellence exemplified in the AATS motto, “A Century of Modeling Excellence.” (Source: The Journal of Thora...
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

Applications for WTSA Membership
The WTSA is now accepting Applications for Membership online for Active as well as Candidate membership status for  the 2018 membership cycle. Visit the WTSA Web site at www.westernthoracic.org to read the complete membership eligibility requirements and to initiate an online application. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

ABTS Announcement
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery's Maintenance of Certification program was adopted 9 years ago. Since that time, there has been a continuous evaluation in the Board's thinking about the overall process, based upon internal discussions and input from our Diplomates. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

ABTS Requirements for the 10-Year Milestone for Maintenance of Certification
Diplomates of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) who plan to participate in the 10-Year Milestone for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process as Certified-Active must hold a currently valid, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine. Diplomates must have privileges at a hospital(s) accredited by the JCAHO or other institutions judged acceptable by the Board. Diplomates must also submit letter(s) of reference documenting their level of clinical activity and stature  within the surgical community from the VP of Medical Affairs and one other responsible member on staff at their principal hospi...
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

Risk of Conventional Cardiac Surgery Among Patients with Severe Left Ventricular Dysfunction in the Era of Mechanical Circulatory Support
Despite suggestions that severe LV dysfunction may warrant selection of durable mechanical circulatory support (MCS) over conventional surgery, comparative studies are lacking due to incomplete characterization of patients at highest risk after conventional surgery. We sought to define subsets of patients with severe LV dysfunction that are at greatest mortality risk following conventional cardiac surgery. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 15, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nassir M. Thalji, Simon Maltais, Richard C. Daly, Kevin L. Greason, Hartzell V. Schaff, Shannon M. Dunlay, John M. Stulak Source Type: research

Late oral acetaminophen vs. immediate surgical ligation in preterm infants with persistent large patent ductus arteriosus
Evaluate the association of oral acetaminophen therapy vs. immediate surgical ligation with neonatal outcomes in infants with persistent patent ductus arteriosus. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sally Mashally, Lynne E. Nield, Patrick J. McNamara, Fernando F. Martins, Afif El-Khuffash, Amish Jain, Dany E. Weisz Source Type: research

Current and Evolving Strategies in the Management of Severe Mitral Annular Calcification
Severe mitral annular calcification (MAC) poses a number of challenges that may complicate mitral valve surgery. In this article, we review the strategies described to address severe MAC during mitral valve surgery, as well as the evolving strategies that may play a larger role in the future. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kareem Bedeir, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Sary Aranki Source Type: research

The limitations of observational data in assessing surgical left atrial appendage ligation
We read with interest the study by Juo and colleagues, which examined outcomes in a cohort of patients with atrial fibrillation who underwent surgical left atrial appendage (LAA) ligation concomitantly with coronary artery bypass grafting. The authors evaluated the short-term efficacy and safety of LAA ligation in 20,664 patients among a sample of 234,642 patients from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, and reported no significant differences in postoperative stroke, mortality, bleeding, and pericardial complications. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 14, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Saurabh Gupta, Emilie P. Belley-C ôté, Richard P. Whitlock Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research

Trans-aortic endo-ventricular patch repair of left ventricular pseudo-aneurysm
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Rian M. Hasson Charles, Juan A. Crestanello Source Type: research

Aortic-valve mediated wall shear stress is heterogeneous and predicts regional aortic elastic fiber thinning in bicuspid aortic valve-associated aortopathy
To investigate an association between the magnitude of flow-mediated aortic wall shear stress (WSS) and medial wall histopathology in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) patients with aortopathy. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Emilie Bollache, David G. Guzzardi, Samaneh Sattari, Katherine E. Olsen, Elena S. Di Martino, S. Chris Malaisrie, Pim van Ooij, Jeremy Collins, James Carr, Patrick M. McCarthy, Michael Markl, Alex J. Barker, Paul W.M. Fedak Source Type: research

Survival and reoperation after valve sparing root replacement and root repair in acute type A dissection
Optimal treatment of the dissected root in type A dissection is still controversial. Valve sparing techniques offer the advantage of better valve performance compared to mechanical valves or bioprostheses. The role of the different valve preserving methods – root repair and replacement – needs further evaluation. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Hans-Hinrich Sievers, Doreen Richardt, Michael Diwoky, Christian Auer, Bence Bucsky, Boris Nasseri, Stefan Klotz Source Type: research

Awakenings: from empirism to an evidence-based management of malignant pleural effusions Commentary to Demmy T. Feature Expert Opinion on JTCVS-18-191: Optimizing the study of tunneled intrapleural catheters for malignant pleural effusions
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 12, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Gaetano Rocco Source Type: research

Preoperative Renal Dysfunction Does Not Impact Outcomes of Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation
We evaluated our single center experience with left ventricular assist device implantation as destination therapy and bridge-to-transplant in patients with renal dysfunction. Comparable outcomes were achieved for both cohorts in normal versus reduced renal function patients. Renal dysfunction alone should not be an absolute contraindication in these cases. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Arman Kilic, Carol W. Chen, Ann C. Gaffey, Joyce W. Wald, Michael A. Acker, Pavan Atluri Source Type: research

Surgical unroofing of hemodynamically significant myocardial bridges in a pediatric population
Although myocardial bridges (MB) are traditionally regarded as incidental findings, it has been reported that adult patients with symptomatic MBs refractory to medical therapy benefit from unroofing. However, there is limited literature in the pediatric population. The aim of our study was to evaluate the indications and outcomes for unroofing in pediatric patients. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 9, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Katsuhide Maeda, Ingela Schnittger, Daniel J. Murphy, Jennifer A. Tremmel, Jack H. Boyd, Lynn Peng, Kozo Okada, Vedant S. Pargaonkar, Frank L. Hanley, Robert Scott Mitchell, Ian S. Rogers Source Type: research

Discussion
Dr Jonathan D'Cunha (Pittsburgh, Pa). I want to thank the AATS for the opportunity to discuss this paper, and I want to thank the authors for sending the manuscript in advance. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Overexpression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in adolescents with primary spontaneous pneumothorax for surgical intervention
We sought to determine gene expression profiles associated with bullae formation in patients with primary spontaneous pneumothorax, and to identify candidate genes associated with surgical intervention. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Chih-Yung Chiu, Tzu-Ping Chen, Jim-Ray Chen, Chia-Jung Wang, Shun-Ying Yin, Shen-Hao Lai, Kin-Sun Wong Source Type: research

Outcomes of a Novel Intrathoracic Esophagogastric Anastomotic Technique
In this study, we describe the technique and review outcomes of our institution’ s initial 6-year experience. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kenneth A. Kesler, Neal K. Ramchandani, Shadia I. Jalal, Samatha M. Stokes, Mark R. Mankins, DuyKhanh Ceppa, Thomas J. Birdas, Panos N. Vardas, Karen M. Rieger Source Type: research

Cerebral oxygenation and white matter injury: pieces in a puzzle unsolved
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Scott M. Bradley Source Type: research

Enhanced Coronary Arteriolar Contraction to Vasopressin in Patients with Diabetes after Cardiac Surgery
Cardioplegic arrest (CP) and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) are associated with vasomotor dysfunction of coronary arterioles in diabetic patients undergoing cardiac surgery. We hypothesized that diabetes may up-regulate vasopressin receptor expression and alter the contractile response of coronary arterioles to vasopressin in the setting of CP/CPB. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nicholas Sellke, Alex Kuczmarski, Isabella Lawandy, Victoria L. Cole, Afshin Ehsan, Arun K. Singh, Yuhong Liu, Frank W. Sellke, Jun Feng Source Type: research

Does the brain need an enema during deep hypothermic circulatory arrest?
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: John A. Elefteriades, Bulat A. Ziganshin Source Type: research

Switching strategies in complex transposition: Sometimes an arterial switch is not the answer
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Nicholas D. Andersen, Joseph W. Turek Source Type: research

The rest of the story: long-term, patient-reported outcomes in cardiac surgery
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Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 8, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: William Z. Chancellor, Irving L. Kron Source Type: research

Discussion
Dr M Malakh Lal Shrestha (Hannover, Germany). Your central message is that for long-term good results after the repair of a bicuspid aortic valve, a deep circumferential annuloplasty is essential. This is something that we have learned also from repair of the Marfan patients, that it is absolutely essential to stabilize the annulus. But I think that you would agree with us that this is only one side of the coin. The other side is that the leaflet repair also must be done correctly for the long-term repair. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research

Is internal mammary artery resistant to reperfusion injury? Evaluation of the storage of free internal mammary artery grafts
The in situ internal mammary artery (ITA) is recognised as the best conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery. The ITA –if it is used as an in situ graft- has a much higher late patency rate than any other arterial graft, including a free ITA graft. We sought to determine if the use of the ITA as an in situ/free graft and its storage in preservation solutions, have an impact on endothelial function. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: G ábor Veres, Harald Schmidt, Péter Hegedűs, Sevil Korkmaz-Icöz, Tamás Radovits, Sivakkanan Loganathan, Paige Brlecic, Shiliang Li, Matthias Karck, Gábor Szabó Source Type: research

The relation between age and outcomes of thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis: The older the better.
Several factors may potentially influence the efficacy and patient satisfaction after bilateral thoracic sympathectomy as a the treatment for hyperhidrosis, but few studies have specifically analyzed the impact of age on the efficacy of this treatment, the occurrence of compensatory hyperhidrosis (CH) and variations in the quality of life. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Dafne Braga Diamante Leiderman, Jose Ribas Milanez de Campos, Paulo Kauffman, Miguel Lia Tedde, Guilherme Yazbek, Marcelo Passos Teivelis, Nelson Wolosker Source Type: research

A Contemporary Systematic Review of Surgical Pulmonary Embolectomy and Catheter-based Therapies for Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Mortality in acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is thought to be principally due to the subgroup of PEs that are massive. Systemic thrombolysis is the therapeutic mainstay for acute massive PE, despite evidence suggesting limited survival benefits. Both catheter-based therapies (CBT) and surgical pulmonary embolectomy (SE) are well-accepted alternatives to treat acute PE. However, the comparative effectiveness of these approaches is difficult to study. We conducted a systematic review of CBT and SE for acute PE. (Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery)
Source: The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - June 7, 2018 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Pranav Loyalka, Muhammad Z. Ansari, Faisal H. Cheema, Charles C. Miller, Sudarshan Rajagopal, Keshava Rajagopal Source Type: research