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Acta Angiologica     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Acta Cardiologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Acute Cardiac Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Adipositas - Ursachen, Folgeerkrankungen, Therapie     Hybrid Journal  
AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Aktuelle Kardiologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
American Heart Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
American Journal of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 68)
American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
American Journal of Hypertension     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Anales de Cirugia Vascular     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Anatolian Journal of Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Angiología     Full-text available via subscription  
Angiologia e Cirurgia Vascular     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Angiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Annales de Cardiologie et d'Angéiologie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Annals of Circulation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Annals of Pediatric Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
AORTA     Open Access  
Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases Supplements     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Archives of Cardiovascular Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Archivos de cardiología de México     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Argentine Journal of Cardiology (English edition)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
Artery Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
ARYA Atherosclerosis     Open Access  
ASAIO Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
ASEAN Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Aswan Heart Centre Science & Practice Services     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Atherosclerosis : X     Open Access  
Bangladesh Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Basic Research in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
BMC Cardiovascular Disorders     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Brain Circulation     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Cardiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Canadian Journal of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Cardiac Cath Lab Director     Full-text available via subscription  
Cardiac Electrophysiology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Cardiac Failure Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cardiocore     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiogenetics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cardiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Cardiology and Angiology: An International Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiology and Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cardiology Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Cardiology in Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cardiology in the Young     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Cardiology Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cardiology Plus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiology Research     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Cardiology Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cardiorenal Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiothoracic Surgeon     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CardioVasc     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular & Haematological Disorders - Drug Targets     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Open     Open Access  
Cardiovascular Diabetology     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Cardiovascular Endocrinology & Metabolism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Cardiovascular Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cardiovascular Journal of Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cardiovascular Journal of South Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Cardiovascular Medicine in General Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Cardiovascular Pathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine     Open Access  
Cardiovascular Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular System     Open Access  
Cardiovascular Therapeutics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cardiovascular Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Cardiovascular Ultrasound     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Case Reports in Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Cerebrovascular Diseases     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra     Open Access  
Chest     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 103)
Choroby Serca i Naczyń     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Circulation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 267)
Circulation : Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Circulation : Cardiovascular Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Circulation : Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Circulation : Genomic and Precision Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Circulation : Heart Failure     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Circulation Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 35)
Cirugía Cardiovascular     Open Access  
Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis     Full-text available via subscription  
Clínica e Investigación en arteriosclerosis (English Edition)     Hybrid Journal  
Clinical and Experimental Hypertension     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Clinical Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Clinical Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Clinical Medicine Insights : Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Clinical Research in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Clinical Research in Cardiology Supplements     Hybrid Journal  
Clinical Trials and Regulatory Science in Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Congenital Heart Disease     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Congestive Heart Failure     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Cor et Vasa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Coronary Artery Disease     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
CorSalud     Open Access  
Critical Pathways in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Current Cardiology Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Current Cardiology Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports     Hybrid Journal  
Current Heart Failure Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Current Hypertension Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Current Hypertension Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Current Opinion in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Current Problems in Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Current Research : Cardiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Vascular Pharmacology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
CVIR Endovascular     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Der Kardiologe     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Echo Research and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Echocardiography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Egyptian Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Egyptian Journal of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia     Open Access  
ESC Heart Failure     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
European Cardiology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Heart Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 67)
European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
European Heart Journal - Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes     Hybrid Journal  
European Heart Journal : Acute Cardiovascular Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Heart Journal : Case Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Heart Journal Supplements     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Supplements     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of Heart Failure     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
European Stroke Organisation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Experimental & Translational Stroke Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Folia Cardiologica     Open Access  
Forum Zaburzeń Metabolicznych     Hybrid Journal  
Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Future Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Global Cardiology Science and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Global Heart     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Heart     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 48)
Heart and Mind     Open Access  
Heart and Vessels     Hybrid Journal  
Heart Failure Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Heart Failure Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Heart India     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Heart International     Full-text available via subscription  
Heart Rhythm     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Heart Views     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
HeartRhythm Case Reports     Open Access  
Hellenic Journal of Cardiology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Herz     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Hypertension     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Hypertension in Pregnancy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Hypertension Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Ibrahim Cardiac Medical Journal     Open Access  
IJC Heart & Vessels     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
IJC Heart & Vasculature     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
IJC Metabolic & Endocrine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indian Heart Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Indian Journal of Cardiovascular Disease in Women WINCARS     Open Access  
Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     Hybrid Journal  
Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Innovations : Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Insuficiencia Cardíaca     Open Access  
Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Cardiovascular Forum Journal     Open Access  
International Journal of Angiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Cardiology Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Cardiovascular Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Heart Rhythm     Open Access  
International Journal of Hypertension     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Hyperthermia     Open Access  
International Journal of Stroke     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
International Journal of the Cardiovascular Academy     Open Access  
Interventional Cardiology Clinics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Interventional Cardiology Review     Open Access  
JACC : Basic to Translational Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
JACC : Cardiovascular Imaging     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
JACC : Cardiovascular Interventions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
JACC : Heart Failure     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
JAMA Cardiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)

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  • Suprasternal Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With
           Marginal Femoral Access
    • Authors: Kiser; Andy C.; Caranasos, Thomas G.; Peterson, Mark D.; Holzhey, David M.; Kiefer, Philipp; Nifong, L. Wiley; Borger, Michael A.
      Abstract: imageObjective Recently, the PARTNER 2A trial reported results of transcatheter aortic valve replacement versus surgical aortic valve replacement in 2032 intermediate-risk patients at 2 years. Two hundred thirty-six patients (24%) required an access route other than transfemoral. Compared with transfemoral and surgical aortic valve replacement, nontransfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement was associated with a numerically higher rate of death and disabling stroke at 30 days. This underscores the need for a better alternative surgical approach for patients with marginal femoral access. We reviewed our multicenter experience with minimally invasive suprasternal transcatheter aortic valve replacement.Methods Consecutive patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis at high or intermediate risk for surgical aortic valve replacement underwent suprasternal transcatheter aortic valve replacement. A commercially available transcatheter heart valve was deployed under fluoroscopic guidance through the innominate artery or ascending aorta. Using a 3-cm skin incision just above the sternal notch, the Aegis Transit System (Aegis Surgical Ltd, Galway, Ireland) provided illuminated access to the mediastinum without bone disruption. Through a purse-string suture placed in the innominate artery or ascending aorta, transcatheter aortic valve replacement proceeded similarly to the direct aortic approach.Results Thirty patients at six medical centers successfully underwent suprasternal transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Implanted valves included 2 CoreValve and 12 Evolut-R (Medtronic, Inc, Minneapolis, MN USA), as well as 10 SAPIEN 3 and 6 SAPIEN XT (Edwards Lifesciences, Corp, Irvine, CA USA) with sizes ranging from 23 to 31 mm. Median procedure time was 90 minutes and median hospital stay was 4 days. Postoperatively, new permanent pacemaker (n = 3) was the most common Vascular Academic Research Consortium 2 complication.Conclusions These data demonstrate the early clinical feasibility of suprasternal transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Key advantages of this approach include direct access to the innominate artery and ascending aorta, precise sheath control, and confident arterial closure. Additional experience is warranted to confirm these favorable results.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Long-Term Clinical and Computed Tomography Angiographic Follow-up After
           Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
    • Authors: Stastny; Lukas; Kofler, Markus; Dumfarth, Julia; Basaran, Alim; Wiedemann, Dominik; Schachner, Thomas; Feuchtner, Gudrun; Bonatti, Johannes; Bonaros, Nikolaos
      Abstract: imageObjective Totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting was shown to be feasible and safe, with excellent clinical and angiographic mid-term results. Data on long-term outcome are lacking. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the long-term rate of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events and left internal mammary artery patency rate in patients undergoing arrested heart totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting.Methods From 2001 to 2012, a total of 208 arrested heart–totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting patients were prospectively included. Mean ± SD age was 58.8 ± 9.4 years, and mean ± SD Society of Thoracic Surgeons score was 0.5 ± 0.5%. Major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events were defined as a composite of death, myocardial infarction, stroke, re-percutaneous coronary intervention, re-coronary artery bypass graft, and target vessel revascularization. Left internal mammary artery patency was assessed using cardiac computed tomography and depicted according to the established Fitzgibbon classification. Mean ± SD follow-up was 6.9 ± 2.3 years.Results At 1, 5, and 10 years, survival rate was 100%, 98.3%, and 95.8%, respectively. The freedom from clinical events at 1, 5, and 10 years were major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (93.5%, 85.9%, and 83.0%), myocardial infarction (99.0%, 97.4%, and 95.9%), target vessel revascularization (96.0%, 94.3%, and 91.7%), re-percutaneous coronary intervention (94.5%, 91.6%, and 84.2%), and re-coronary artery bypass graft (100%, 99.5%, and 99.5%), respectively. Left internal mammary artery patency rate at 1, 5, and 10 years was 100%, 94.9%, and 88.1%, respectively.Conclusions Arrested heart–totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting shows excellent clinical long-term results with a left internal mammary artery patency rate comparable with conventional coronary artery bypass graft at 10 years after surgery.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Dynamic Patient-Specific Three-Dimensional Simulation of Mitral Repair:
           Can We Practice Mitral Repair Preoperatively'
    • Authors: Ginty; Olivia K.; Moore, John M.; Xu, Yuanwei; Xia, Wenyao; Fujii, Satoru; Bainbridge, Daniel; Peters, Terry M.; Kiaii, Bob B.; Chu, Michael W.A.
      Abstract: imageObjective Planned mitral repair strategies are generally established from preoperative echocardiography; however, specific details of the repair are often determined intraoperatively. We propose that three-dimensional printed, patient-specific, dynamic mitral valve models may help surgeons plan and trial all the details of a specific patient's mitral repair preoperatively.Methods Using preoperative echocardiography, segmentation, modeling software, and three-dimensional printing, we created dynamic, high-fidelity, patient-specific mitral valve models including the subvalvular apparatus. We assessed the accuracy of 10 patient mitral valve models anatomically and functionally in a heart phantom simulator, both objectively by blinded echocardiographic assessment, and subjectively by two mitral repair experts. After this, we attempted model mitral repair and compared the outcomes with postoperative echocardiography.Results Model measurements were accurate when compared with patients on anterior-posterior diameter, circumference, and anterior leaflet length; however, less accurate on posterior leaflet length. On subjective assessment, Likert scores were high at 3.8 ± 0.4 and 3.4 ± 0.7, suggesting good fidelity of the dynamic model echocardiogram and functional model in the phantom to the preoperative three-dimensional echocardiogram, respectively. Mitral repair was successful in all 10 models with significant reduction in mitral insufficiency. In two models, mitral repair was performed twice, using two different surgical techniques to assess which provided a better outcome. When compared with the actual patient mitral repair outcome, the repaired models compared favorably.Conclusions Complex mitral valve modeling seems to predict an individual patient's mitral anatomy well, before surgery. Further investigation is required to determine whether deliberate preoperative practice can improve mitral repair outcomes.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Long-Term Outcome of Patients Undergoing Minimally Invasive Direct
           Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: A Single-Center Experience
    • Authors: Farid; Shakil; Ali, Jason M.; Stohlner, Victoria; Alam, Ruhina; Schofield, Peter; Nashef, Samer; De Silva, Ravi
      Abstract: imageObjective The primary objective was to investigate the long-term survival of patients who underwent single-vessel coronary revascularization with minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery with or without hybrid revascularization. The secondary outcome measures were repeat revascularization either by coronary artery bypass grafting or by percutaneous coronary intervention and the incidence of myocardial infarction or recurrent angina.Methods This is a retrospective study of prospectively collected data of patients who underwent minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass procedure in our center between January 2001 and December 2015. Procedures were performed either through small left anterolateral thoracotomy or lower midline sternotomy.Results A total of 182 patients were identified: 100 underwent minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass to the left anterior descending artery and 82 underwent hybrid revascularization (percutaneous coronary intervention to coronary arteries other than the left anterior descending artery along with minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass to the left anterior descending artery). The mean ± SD age was 62 ± 10.1 years. Preoperatively 82% were male, and 72.5% patients had good left ventricular function. The median follow-up period was 10.9 years. There was no in-hospital or 30-day mortality. The 10-year actuarial survival was 84.8%. Freedom from repeat revascularization was 98.9% at 1 year and 89.9% at 10 years. At follow-up, freedom from myocardial infarction was 96.7% whereas freedom from angina was 92.9%.Conclusions Within the limitations imposed by retrospective analyses, our study demonstrates excellent long-term outcome in patients undergoing minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass with or without hybrid revascularization. For isolated left anterior descending artery disease minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass should be considered, whereas hybrid revascularization (percutaneous coronary intervention and minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass) should be considered for multivessel disease.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Comparison of Automated Titanium Fasteners to Hand-Tied Knots in Open
           Aortic Valve Replacement
    • Authors: Lee; Candice Y.; Johnson, Carl A. Jr; Siordia, Juan A.; Lehoux, Juan M.; Knight, Peter A.
      Abstract: imageObjective Aortic cross-clamp and cardiopulmonary bypass times are independent predictors of postoperative morbidity and mortality. Reducing ischemic times with automated titanium fasteners may improve surgical outcomes. This study compared operative times and costs of titanium fasteners versus hand-tied knots for prosthesis securement in open aortic valve replacement.Methods A randomized control trial was conducted during a 16-month period at a single university medical center. Patients undergoing elective aortic valve replacement were randomized to the titanium fastener (n = 37) or hand-tied groups (n = 36). Knotting, aortic cross-clamp, cardiopulmonary bypass, and total operating room times were recorded. Hospital charges were also calculated for these procedures.Results Baseline characteristics, concomitant procedures, prosthetic valve size, and sutures were similar between groups. The titanium fastener group had significantly reduced knotting (7.4 vs. 13.0 minutes, P < 0.001), aortic cross-clamp (69 vs. 90 minutes, P < 0.05), cardiopulmonary bypass (86 vs. 114 minutes, P < 0.05), and total operating room times (234 vs. 266 minutes, P < 0.05). Intraoperative complications occurred more frequently in the hand-tied group compared with the titanium fastener group. Postoperative complications were similar between groups. Operating room costs were significantly higher in the titanium fastener group (US $10,428 vs. US $9671, P = 0.01). Hospitalization costs did not differ significantly between the titanium fastener and hand-tied group (US $23,987 vs. US $21,068, P = 0.12).Conclusions Titanium fastener use was associated with shorter knotting, aortic cross-clamp, cardiopulmonary bypass, and operating room times and fewer intraoperative complications in open aortic valve replacement, without significantly increasing hospitalization cost.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Does Robotic Beating Heart Connector Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery
           Bypass Bridge the Gender Gap in Coronary Bypass Surgery'
    • Authors: Kitahara; Hiroto; McCrorey, Mackenzie; Patel, Brooke; Nisivaco, Sarah; Balkhy, Husam H.
      Abstract: imageObjective Previous studies have shown that women carry a higher risk of morbidity and mortality after coronary artery bypass surgery. We investigated gender differences in risk factors and outcomes in our patients undergoing robotic beating heart connector totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass.Methods From July 2013 to April 2017, patients undergoing connector totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass were reviewed. We compared the outcomes of men versus women.Results A total of 192 men and 71 women underwent connector totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass. The mean ± SD age was 65.4 ± 10.6 years. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons score was higher in women than men (median = 1.46 vs 0.73, P = 0.001), and women had a higher rate of peripheral vascular disease (22.5% vs 9.9%, P = 0.007). Intraoperative data in women and men were similar except for the rate of multi-vessel connector totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass and the rate of bilateral internal mammary artery use, which were both lower in women (49.3% vs 64.6%, P = 0.024, and 42.3% vs 56.8%, P = 0.036, respectively). The mean ± SD length of hospital stay (women vs men: 3.99 ± 4.00 vs 3.39 ± 2.42, P = 0.324) was comparable. The 30-day mortality in women and men was 0% (0/71) and 2.1% (4/192), respectively (P = 0.577). The morbidity and mortality of single- or multi-vessel connector totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass were similar between men and women.Conclusions We conclude that the morbidity and mortality in women after robotic beating heart connector totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass in our center were similar to those seen in men.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • A New Device for Securing Sternal Wires After Median Sternotomy:
           Biomechanical Study and Retrospective Clinical Assessment
    • Authors: Danter; Matthew R.; Saari, Amy; Gao, Min; Cheung, Anson; Lichtenstein, Samuel V.; Abel, James G.
      Abstract: imageObjective Morbidity due to sternotomy continues to be a significant clinical problem. Poor approximation of the sternum may lead to complications such as sternal dehiscence, infection, and pain. A device to assist in tensioning and twisting standard steel wires during sternal closure has been developed (TORQTM sternal closure device). Manually tightened interrupted wire closures were compared with those tightened and secured with the aid of the device. Performance of the device was assessed clinically.Methods Four cardiovascular surgeons performed manual and device-assisted closures on a biofidelic model. Closure force was measured to determine the residual force and its intraoperator variation. A retrospective review of patients treated before and after the introduction of the device was conducted. Predicted and actual outcomes were compared for the two groups (manual closure and device-assisted closure).Results Biomechanical testing measured a 75% increase in residual closure force (P < 0.001) and a significant reduction in the variability of the closure force (P = 0.045) for device-assisted closures compared with manual closures. In the retrospective study, 3 of 173 manually closed patients had sterile sternal dehiscence and 1 of 173 had a deep sternal wound infection. In the device closure group, 2 of 127 had a sterile sternal dehiscence and no deep sternal wound infections were reported. No other device-related serious adverse events were reported.Conclusions Biomechanical data showed stronger, more consistent closure forces with the device. The retrospective data attest to the performance of the device.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Acute Heart Failure at the Time of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
           Does Not Increase Mortality
    • Authors: Burke; William T.; Trivedi, Jaimin R.; Flaherty, Michael P.; Grubb, Kendra J.
      Abstract: imageObjective Patients presenting for transcatheter aortic valve replacement are often in acute on chronic heart failure, as indicated by elevated N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide. Many believe that elevated N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide is an indication to treat medically, reserving surgery until the patient is medically optimized.Methods A single-center transcatheter aortic valve replacement database was queried from December 2015 to November 2016 to identify patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement. Patients were divided into two cohorts based on preoperative N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide level. An analysis was then completed to assess outcomes such as length of intensive care unit stay, total length of stay, discharge to home, major complications, and mortality at 30 days.Results There were 142 patients (median age = 80 years, 44% female) with preoperative N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide data included (range = 106–73,500 pg/mL). The mean Society of Thoracic Surgeons predicative risk of mortality was 8%, and 46 patients (32%) had N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide of greater than 3000 pg/mL. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide of greater than 3000 pg/mL was associated only with increased intensive care unit length of stay of greater than 24 hours (35% vs 9%, P = 0.0001). There was no statistical difference between cohorts with regard to total length of stay of greater than 3 days (24% vs 15%, P = 0.2), discharge to home (74% vs 83%, P = 0.3), major complication, or mortality at 30 days.Conclusions Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is an appropriate and effective treatment for patients with aortic stenosis presenting with high N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide and acute on chronic heart failure.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Safety and Functionality of a Guidewire Fixator: Clinical Investigation of
           a New Endovascular Tool
    • Authors: Liungman; Krister; Mani, Kevin; Wanhainen, Anders; Bosaeus, Linus; Lachat, Mario
      Abstract: imageObjective A new endovascular tool, the Liungman Guidewire Fixator, has been developed to simplify endovascular treatment in complex aortic aneurysms. The device has been extensively tested in bench models and animal trials. To verify the safety and functionality demonstrated in the porcine model, the device was tested in ten patients undergoing endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) or fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (f-EVAR) treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm.Methods The Liungman Guidewire Fixator consists of a braided stent-like, cylindrical structure with conical ends and a central channel for a 0.035″ guidewire. When in use, it is slid along the guidewire and positioned in the target artery, where the Liungman Guidewire Fixator interacts with the arterial wall by anchoring the guidewire to the wall through a radial force. The Liungman Guidewire Fixator allows for uninterrupted blood flow passed the point of fixation. In this study, the Liungman Guidewire Fixator was tested in ten patients undergoing EVAR or f-EVAR treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm. The device was deployed and retrieved crossover into the hypogastric artery, and the occurrence of thrombotic occlusion, arterial dissection, and vascular rupture or trauma was studied using angiography, as well as device ability to withstand guidewire tension.Results There were no instances of occlusion, dissection, or vascular trauma detected using angiography. In all cases, deployment and retrieval were successful, and the devices could withstand an applied tension of 3 N. In one instance, retrieval was challenging because of significant tortuosity, which was resolved by a coaxial catheterization.Conclusions Deployment was uneventful in all ten patients. Retrieval according to the intended instruction for use was performed in nine of the patients. In one patient, a coaxial catheterization was necessary. All devices withstood a retention force of 3 N.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Robotic Transthoracic Primary Repair of a Diaphragmatic Hernia and
           Reduction of an Intrathoracic Liver
    • Authors: Counts; Sarah J.; Saffarzadeh, Areo G.; Blasberg, Justin D.; Kim, Anthony W.
      Abstract: This case involves a 70-year-old woman who presented after a low-speed motor vehicle collision with a traumatic right hemidiaphragm rupture and herniation of the liver into the right chest. She was brought to the operating room for a robotic-assisted minimally invasive transthoracic repair of this hernia with diaphragm plication. The case and video described in this report highlight the utility of the robotic platform in performing a transthoracic diaphragm repair and plication after a right-sided traumatic diaphragm rupture in a patient without concomitant abdominal injuries.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Per-Ventricular Insertion of Melody Valve-in-Valve in the Neoaortic
           Position in a Single-Ventricle Patient
    • Authors: Clarke; Nicholas S.; El-Said, Howaida; Lamberti, John J.; Murthy, Raghav A.
      Abstract: imagePercutaneous therapies for congenital heart disease have been evolving rapidly despite limited investment from industry. The Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve (Medtronic, Inc, Minneapolis, MN USA) replacement therapy represents an important advancement in this arena. It has been approved in the United States for use in the pulmonary position, on a Humanitarian Device Exemption status. Off-label use of the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve has extended to the mitral, pulmonary, and aortic valves, especially in previously implanted valves with prosthetic valve degeneration. The single-ventricle patient poses additional challenges. However, there exists one report in the English literature of a patient undergoing Melody transcatheter neoaortic valve replacement after the patient developed severe neoaortic regurgitation after Fontan palliation. Here, we describe a patient with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, palliated with a Norwood modified Blalock-Taussig shunt, with a progressively regurgitant quadricusp neoaortic valve who underwent bioprosthetic valve replacement. There was early prosthetic valve degeneration after a year of bioprosthesis implantation. As he was declined for transplantation, he underwent successful per-ventricular Melody valve-in-valve replacement.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement as a Bridge to Left Ventricular
           Assist Device Implantation
    • Authors: Elmously; Adham; Worku, Berhane; Horn, Evelyn M.; Wong, Shing-Chiu; Salemi, Arash
      Abstract: imageWe describe a case of the pre-emptive use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in a patient with end-stage ischemic cardiomyopathy and native aortic stenosis/aortic insufficiency as a bridge to left ventricular assist device implantation. The use of this strategy can not only medically optimize patients before left ventricular assist device implantation but also provide a minimally invasive bridge to left ventricular assist device support, avoiding concomitant surgical aortic valve replacement or closure.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Single-Port Thoracoscopic Pericardial Window Under Local Anesthesia
    • Authors: Park; Chang Y.; McGonigle, Niall C.
      Abstract: imageThere are numerous surgical approaches for the treatment of pericardial effusions but no clear consensus of best management. We present a 44-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer presenting with a new 2-cm pericardial effusion on ultrasound. In light of the patient’s palliative condition and the urgent need for chemotherapy, careful consideration was made for her surgical drainage of the pericardial effusion. Because of the patient’s medical comorbidities, a general anesthetic was deemed not to be in the patient's best interest. Furthermore, the invasive subxiphoid or thoracotomy approach for a pericardial window would have risked delaying her much needed chemotherapy. A single-port thoracoscopic pericardial window was performed under light sedation, ventilating spontaneously on supplementary oxygen through nasal cannula only. The patient was positioned in a supine position, and a single 8-mm port was inserted into the left hemithorax at the 5th intercostal space, midaxillary line under local anesthetic, and a pericardial window made. This minimally invasive approach, without the need for intubation or ventilation, allowed for rapid relief of symptoms and discharge for the patient to begin her chemotherapy in a timely manner. By undergoing the procedure awake and through a single port, the patient was discharged after a short inpatient stay. This novel approach can be advocated for patients where a general anesthetic or invasive surgical procedure is not suitable in the treatment of their pericardial effusion.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Periareolar Access for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery: The Brazilian
    • Authors: Poffo; Robinson; Montanhesi, Paola K.; Toschi, Alisson P.; Pope, Renato B.; Mokross, Cláudio A.
      Abstract: imageThe periareolar access has been the preferred technique used at our institution for minimally invasive cardiac surgery since 2006. The surgical approach consists of video-assisted minithoracotomy in the 4th right intercostal space, through a periareolar incision. Initially, the technique was restricted to minimally invasive mitral valve surgeries but, due to its feasibility and safety, was soon incorporated as an ideal access for other cardiac pathologies such as tricuspid valve disease, atrial septal defect, atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker leads endocarditis. The technique was performed in 214 patients, and it is associated with excellent aesthetic and functional results, with low morbimortality and no reoperations at long-term follow-up. Here, we describe and support the use of periareolar access as a routine surgical technique for correction of several cardiac pathologies, especially in women.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Left Axillary Artery Cannulation Facilitates Reoperative Total Aortic Arch
    • Authors: Hemli; Jonathan M.; Gu, Bo; Scheinerman, S. Jacob; Brinster, Derek R.
      Abstract: imageTotal aortic arch replacement remains a technically formidable procedure, particularly in patients with previous proximal aortic dissection repair. Our case discussion highlights a useful strategy for extracorporeal support and circulation management to facilitate total arch reconstruction in the reoperative setting, based on cannulation of the left axillary artery. Our preference is to use a left axillary artery approach to initiate cardiopulmonary bypass and to ultimately revascularize the left arm via an extra-anatomic graft. Our technique, as described, affords the option to initiate cardiopulmonary bypass before sternal re-entry, it reduces the risk of embolic complications and possible stroke, and it directly facilitates simple extra-anatomic debranching of the left subclavian artery, resulting in easier arch and great vessel reconstruction within the chest.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
  • Sternotomy Sparing Thoratec HeartMate 3 Implantation Via Bilateral
    • Authors: Riebandt; Julia; Wiedemann, Dominik; Laufer, Guenther; Zimpfer, Daniel
      Abstract: imageA novel sternotomy sparing implantation technique for the Thoratec HeartMate 3 is described. Cannulation of the left ventricular apex is performed via a minithoracotomy in the left fourth or fifth intercostal space. The outflow graft is advanced through the pericardium to a second minithoracotomy in the right second intercostal space and then anastomosed to the ascending aorta. This approach was performed in three patients so far with no need for conversion. We did not observe any perioperative adverse events, such as bleeding or thromboembolic complications, as well as no short-term mortality. This technique is especially appealing in multimorbid and frail patients, future transplant candidates, and patients with impaired right ventricular function.
      PubDate: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT-
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