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How to Become a Perfusionist in the US for Foreign Students

This is a guide to becoming a perfusionist in the United States for designed for foreign students that are not US citizens.

Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: Risk Factors and Novel Biomarkers

Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: Risk Factors and Novel Biomarkers

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common and severe complication after cardiac surgery. Currently, a series of novel biomarkers have favored the assessment of AKI after cardiac surgery in addition to the conventional indicators.

Blood Utilization in Revision Versus First-Time Cardiac Surgery: An Update in the Era of Patient Blood Management

Blood Utilization in Revision Versus First-Time Cardiac Surgery: An Update in the Era of Patient Blood Management

Relative to first-time (primary) cardiac surgery, revision cardiac surgery is associated with increased transfusion requirements, but studies comparing these cohorts were performed before patient blood management (PBM) and blood conservation measures were commonplace. The current study was performed as an update to determine if this finding is still evident in the PBM era.

Nature of Cardiac Rehabilitation Around the Globe

Nature of Cardiac Rehabilitation Around the Globe

Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is a clinically-effective but complex model of care. The purpose of this study was to characterize the nature of CR programs around the world, in relation to guideline recommendations, and compare this by World Health Organization (WHO) region.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Neurological Complications After Cardiac Surgery Anesthetic Considerations Based on Outcome Evidence

Neurological complications after cardiac surgery remain prevalent. This review aims to discuss the modifiable and outcome-relevant risk factors based on an up-to-date literature review, with a focus on interventions that may improve outcomes.

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Predicting Outcome After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Lactate, Need for Vasopressors, and Cytochrome c

Outcome prediction after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is difficult. We hypothesized that lactate and need for vasopressors would predict outcome, and that addition of a mitochondrial biomarker would enhance performance of the tool.

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Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) is one of the most common syndromes of critical illness and the leading cause of mortality among critically ill patients. Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome is the clinical consequence of a dysregulated inflammatory response, triggered by clinically diverse factors with the main pillar of management being invasive organ support.

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Comparison of Machine Learning Methods With National Cardiovascular Data Registry Models for Prediction of Risk of Bleeding After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Can machine learning techniques, bolstered by better selection of variables, improve prediction of major bleeding after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?

Effect of Aspirin on Cardiovascular Events and Bleeding in the Healthy Elderly

Effect of Aspirin on Cardiovascular Events and Bleeding in the Healthy Elderly

Aspirin is a well-established therapy for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. However, its role in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease is unclear, especially in older persons, who have an increased risk.

Toward Precision Policy — The Case of Cardiovascular Care

Toward Precision Policy — The Case of Cardiovascular Care

The U.S. health care system is in the midst of a transition toward delivery of high-value rather than volume-based health care.

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Comparison Of The Effect Of 80 vs 40 mg Atorvastatin In Patients With Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Atorvastatin can decrease cardiac injury after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. We compared the effects of 80 and 40  mg of atorvastatin per day on the levels of cardiac troponin T (cTnT) and creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) after an isolated CABG.

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Retrograde Type B Aortic Dissection Caused By Intraaortic Balloon Counterpulsation

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