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Heart Valve Operations Associated With Reduced Risk Of Death From Mitral Valve Disease But Other Operations Associated With Increased Risk of Death: A National Population-Based Case-Control Study

Heart Valve Operations Associated With Reduced Risk Of Death From Mitral Valve Disease But Other Operations Associated With Increased Risk of Death: A National Population-Based Case-Control Study

This study analyzed the death risk from heart valve disease with respect to the frequency of heart valve operation and other operations in patients with mitral valve disease.

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Indications, Technique and Contemporary Outcomes

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an advanced form of temporary life support, to aid respiratory and/or cardiac function. It has been used since the early 1970s and is based on cardiopulmonary bypass technology and diverts venous blood through an extracorporeal circuit and returns it to the body after gas exchange through a semi-permeable membrane.

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Association Between Anemia and Blood Transfusion With Long-term Mortality After Cardiac Surgery

The aim of this study was to investigate the interactions between preoperative anemia and RBC transfusion and their effect on the long-term survival of patients undergoing cardiac surgery.


Neurologic Outcomes in Patients Who Undergo Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

This study aimed to develop a risk prediction model for neurologic outcomes in patients who underwent extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR).


Use of Quality of Life in Cardiovascular Surgery in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Validation, Reproducibility, and Quality of Life in One Year of Follow-Up

The objectives of this study are to validate the Quality of Life in Cardiovascular Surgery (QLCS) questionnaire and to observe the evolution of quality of life in the first year of postoperative follow-up of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

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A Century of Heparin

The year 2018 was the centennial of the naming of heparin by Emmett Holt and William Howell and the 102nd anniversary of Jay McLean’s discovery of an anticoagulant heparphosphatide at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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BloodSurf 2017: News From the Blood-biomaterial Frontier

From stents and large-diameter vascular grafts, to mechanical heart valves and blood pumps, blood-contacting devices are enjoying significant clinical success owing to the application of systemic antiplatelet and anticoagulation therapies.


Nitric Oxide Attenuates the Inflammatory Effects of Air During Extracorporeal Circulation

Cardiopulmonary bypass causes a systemic inflammatory response reaction that may contribute to postoperative complications. One cause relates to the air/blood interface from the extracorporeal circuit. The modulatory effects of blending nitric oxide (NO) gas into the ventilation/sweep gas of the membrane lung was studied in a porcine model of air-induced inflammation in which NO gas was added and compared with controls with or without an air/blood interface.


Left Ventricular Decompression on Veno-arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation With Intra-aortic Balloon Counterpulsation

There has been growing recognition of the favorable and unfavorable hemodynamic effects of this therapy and recent interest in the use of other percutaneous circulatory support devices to offset some of the potentially harmful hemodynamic effects.

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Structured Review of Post-cardiotomy Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Part 2 – Pediatric Patients

Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is established therapy for short-term circulatory support for children with life-treating cardiorespiratory dysfunction.

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The Effect of Various Blood Management Strategies on Intraoperative Red Blood Cell Transfusion in First-time Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients

The present study evaluated the distribution of intraoperative interventions in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass.


Duration of Critically Low Oxygen Delivery is Associated With Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiac Surgery

The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the duration of low oxygen delivery (<272 mL. min−1.m−2), during cardiopulmonary bypass on kidney function.


Higher Flow on Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Pediatrics is Associated With A Lower Incidence of Acute Kidney Injury

This study examines two different perfusion strategies and their impact on various outcome measures including acute kidney injury (AKI), urine output on CPB, ICU length of stay, time to extubation, and mortality.


Study Protocol: Nitric Oxide During Cardiopulmonary Bypass to Improve Recovery in Infants With Congenital Heart Defects (NITRIC Trial): A Randomised Controlled Trial

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a major cause of infant mortality. Many infants with CHD require corrective surgery with most operations requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). CPB triggers a systemic inflammatory response which is associated with low cardiac output syndrome (LCOS), postoperative morbidity and mortality. Delivery of nitric oxide (NO) into CPB circuits can provide myocardial protection and reduce bypass-induced inflammation, leading to less LCOS and improved recovery.


Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasmapheresis in Cardiovascular Surgery: A Narrative Review

Perioperative coagulopathy and bleeding are common complications in cardiovascular surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass and result in an increased rate of allogeneic blood transfusion. Both bleeding and transfusion can increase postoperative mortality and morbidity.


Development and Validation of a Score to Identify Cardiac Surgery Patients at High Risk of Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

To develop and validate a score for the early identification of cardiac surgery patients at high risk of prolonged mechanical ventilation (MV) who may be suitable targets for interventional trials.

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Validation Study of the Transfusion Risk and Clinical Knowledge (TRACK) Tool in Cardiac Surgery Patients: A Retrospective Analysis

The Transfusion Risk and Clinical Knowledge (TRACK) scoring system has been developed for predicting perioperative blood transfusions. However, the TRACK score needs to be validated externally in the US population. The primary objective of this study is to validate TRACK at the authors’ institution.

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The Database Dilemma: An Imperfect but Critical Tool to Improve Quality and Benchmark Outcomes (Ed.)

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database was created in 1989 as a patient safety initiative for adults undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. In 2005, pediatric and congenital cardiac patient data began being collected by a registry operated by the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society.

Discriminatory Power of Scoring Systems for Outcome Prediction in Patients With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Following Cardiovascular Surgery

Although extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) represents a rapidly evolving treatment option in patients with refractory heart or lung failure, survival remains poor and appropriate risk stratification challenging because established risk prediction models have not been validated for this specific population.

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Red Blood Cell Dysfunction: a New Player in Cardiovascular Disease

The primary role of red blood cells (RBCs) is to transport oxygen to the tissues and carbon dioxide to the lungs. However, emerging evidence suggests an important role of the RBC beyond being just a passive carrier of the respiratory gases.

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Quality of Life After Coronary Bypass: a Multicentre Study of Routinely Collected Health Data in the Netherlands

In this study, our aim was to explore how coronary artery bypass grafting affects quality of life, and how this varies with age, particularly with patients at risk of deterioration.

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Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Dual Antiplatelet Therapy: a Strategy to Minimise Transfusions and Blood Loss

Patients with preoperative dual antiplatelet therapy prior to coronary artery bypass surgery are at risk of bleeding and blood component transfusion. We hypothesise that an optimised cardiopulmonary bypass strategy reduces postoperative blood loss and transfusions.


In-vitro Performance of a Low Flow Extracorporeal Carbon Dioxide Removal Circuit

Extracorporeal gas exchange requires the passage of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) across an artificial membrane. Current European Union regulations do not require the transfer to be assessed in models using clinically relevant haemoglobin, making it difficult for clinicians to understand the CO2 clearance of a membrane, and how it changes in relation to sweep gas flow through the membrane.


Postoperative Pain Management in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery: Where Are We Heading?

Adequate postoperative pain management is crucial in pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery because pain can lead to devastating short- and long-term consequences. This review discusses the limitations of current postoperative pain assessment and management in children after cardiac surgery, the obstacles to providing optimal treatment, and concepts to consider that may overcome these barriers.

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