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Case Report: Sclerodermiform Dermatitis After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft with an Internal Thoracic Artery Conduit

In November of 2021, Caroline Gerhardt and colleagues published a report on the first case of sclerodermiform dermatitis at an internal thoracic artery donor graft site. Here we summarize their findings, which are a cautionary tale for those providing post-operative care for patients who undergo a coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedure using the internal thoracic artery as a conduit.


Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest Outcomes in Type A Aortic Dissection Patients

This is a summary of a research study conducted by Xinghua Peng, Ganhua Zeng, Yan Li, and Longren Cai and published in 2021 on PubMed entitled “Analysis of poor prognostic factors of cerebral nerve after deep hypothermic circulatory arrest in patients with type A aortic dissection.” The study examines the cerebral nerve prognosis of patients after undergoing deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) in the treatment of aortic dissection.


Frailty Impacts on Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

This is a summary of a research study and statistical analysis conducted by Joseph Hayada, Zachary Tran, Yas Sanaiha, Esteban Aguayo, Vishal Dobaria, Marcella Calfon Press, and Peyman Benharash entitled “Impact of frailty on short term outcomes, resource use, and readmissions after transcatheter mitral valve repair: A national analysis.” This study analyzes data on the impact of frailty in patients undergoing a transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) and provides interesting insights into the relationship between


Hyperglycemia and Thrombocytopenia Increase the Risk of Mortality in Patients with AMI Undergoing VA-ECMO

In December of 2021, Yusuke Okadome and colleagues published a retrospective study on acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients who had undergone VA-ECMO to better understand clinical indicators that could predict mortality in this group. Here we summarize their findings; their full manuscript is available on PubMed.