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false lumen thrombosis after thoracic endovascular aortic
repair for type B dissection
Da Li, BE, Liqing Peng, PhD, Yi
Wang, PhD, Jichun Zhao, PhD, Ding Yuan, PhD, Tinghui
lumen thrombosis rate of type B aortic dissection after
TEVAR can be predicted by the degree of the question
mark shape, which accounts for the morphology of both
the aortic arch and the descending aorta.
The secret life of aortic dissections
H. Wheatley III, MD
Aortic tortuosity index is an
important predictor of success after thoracic
endovascular repair of acute type B aortic
Is it possible to predict the evolution of false lumen
in type B aortic dissections treated by thoracic
endovascular aortic repair?
Marco, MD, PhD, Alessandro Leone, MD, Luca Botta, MD,
Giacomo Murana, MD, PhD, Davide Pacini, MD, PhD
The degree of the angulation of the
aortic arch could be a valid parameter to predict
the false-lumen thrombosis in type B aortic
dissection treated by thoracic endovascular aortic
efficacy, and hemodynamic performance of a stented
bovinepericardial aortic valve bioprosthesis:
Francois Dagenais, MD, Michael G.
Moront, MD, W. Morris Brown, MD, Michael J. Reardon,
MD, Michael W. A. Chu, MD, Elizabeth Gearhart, MS, and Robert
J. M. Klautz, MD, PhD
analysis of the Avalus valve (Medtronic, Minneapolis,
Minn) shows excellent clinical outcomes and acceptable
hemodynamic performance comparable to the 1-year data.
Two-year outcomes after surgical aortic valve
replacement with a new bioprostheses—The data are still
J. Liakopoulos, MD
A 2-year analysis of a new stented
bovine, supra-annular pericardial aortic valve
demonstrates low all-cause mortality, low
valve-related adverse events, and stable
hemodynamics in 604 patients.
One more option in the conundrum of choice of aortic
Domenico Bruno, PhD, Umberto Benedetto, PhD
The early results of the PERIGON
trial demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the
new Avalus aortic valve (Medtronic, Minneapolis,
Minn), but what about the long term?
outcomes of chordal replacement with expanded
polytetrafluoroethylene sutures to repair mitral leaflet
Tirone E. David, MD, Carolyn M.
David, BN, Myriam Lafreniere-Roula, PhD, Cedric
replacement with ePTFE sutures is effective and durable
technique of correction of mitral valve leaflet
The mitral repair tool kit
Gillinov, MD, Daniel J.P. Burns, MD, MPhil, Per
Wierup, MD, PhD
Mitral valve repair often requires
more than a single repair technique.
If your pants are too loose, use both belt and
De Paulis, MD
Associating the technique of leaflet
resection with the use of PTFE chordae not only
increases the ability to correct the majority of
complex lesions but guarantees long-term stability
of the result.
Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene cordal implantation
for mitral valve repair: The founder series
S. Gammie, MD
Tirone David pioneered the use of
ePTFE cords for mitral valve repair. The present
series provides compelling evidence for the
effectiveness and long-term durability of
ePTFE-based mitral valve repair.
Mitral valve repair for mitral
regurgitation due to advanced myxomatous degeneration
with prolapse of both leaflets.
nonclamping thoracoscopic box ablation in long-standing
persistent atrial fibrillation
Niels Harlaar, BSc, Niels J.
Verberkmoes, MD, Pepijn H. van der Voort, MD, Serge A.
Trines, MD, PhD, Stefan E. Verstraeten, MD, Bart J.A.
Mertens, PhD, Robert J.M. Klautz, MD, PhD, Jerry Braun,
MD, PhD, Thomas J. van Brakel, MD, PhD
devices might provide less-effective isolation of the
posterior left atrium during thoracoscopic ablation for
long-standing persistent AF when compared with clamping
Off-pump ablation of atrial fibrillation–Can it work?
In off-pump atrial fibrillation
ablation, it is difficult to achieve transmural
lesions. Safe and effective ablation can be done on
cardiopulmonary bypass with an arrested heart and
open left atrium.
Pursuit of the electrically isolated box
J. Shemin, MD
Optimal results for the surgical
MAZE procedure require reproducible low risk and an
effective procedure. This study suggests that
bipolar radiofrequency clamps provide the best
Surgery and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Aggressive Infection
Mitigation Strategies are Necessary in the Operating Room
and Surgical Recovery
Daniel T. Engelman, MD, Sylvain
Lother, MD FRCPC, Isaac George, MD, Duane J. Funk, MD
FRCPC, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, Pavan Atluri, MD, Michael C.
Grant, MD, Jonathan W. Haft, MD, Ansar Hassan, MD PhD,
Jean-Francois Legare, MD MSc, Glenn Whitman, MD PhD
FRCSC, Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, FRCSC, on behalf of
the Society of Thoracic Surgery COVID-19 Taskforce
infection mitigation strategies are necessary to
safeguard our patients and healthcare workers during
the COVID-19 pandemic.
surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: A tiered patient
triage guidance statement
Jonathan W. Haft, MD, Pavan
Atluri, MD, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, Daniel T.
Engelman, MD, Michael C. Grant, MD, Ansar Hassan, MD,
PhD, Jean-Francois Legare, MD, MSc, Glenn J.R. Whitman,
MD, Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, on behalf of The Society
of Thoracic Surgeons COVID-19 Task Force and the
Workforce for Adult Cardiac and Vascular Surgery
current COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impact on the
landscape of the delivery of cardiac surgery care. The
intent of this document is to provide guidance on
issues pertaining to surgical case triage and
monitoring and surgical team leadership in these
challenging and rapidly evolving times.