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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.
This is a summary of a case study entitled “Surgical pulmonary embolectomy on VA-ECMO” reported by Rachel Steinhorn, Adam A. Dalia, Edward A. Bittner, and Marvin G. Chang, analyzing the use of venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) as opposed to cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in a patient undergoing treatment for pulmonary embolism.
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.
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
In this detailed review, Shane Pullins, M.S., C.C.P, provides an overview of the history of heparin sourcing and best practices for heparin use in cardiopulmonary bypass. This is a useful resource for clinicians and students interested in learning more about a drug critical to our practice.
History of heparin sourcing
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.
Emanuele Di Virgilio and colleagues recently published an in-depth review article to discuss mechanisms underlying mid-diastolic events (L events) and summarize the current understanding of these phenomena. Here we summarize their paper, which is a useful resource and is publicly available at MDPI.com.
In today’s world, diabetes is one of the main risk factors for peripheral vascular disease and cardiovascular problems. Almost more than half a billion adults in the 20-79 years of age are somehow going through diabetes. Diabetes tends to enhance the body's metabolic state, which in turn causes an increased risk for vascular dysfunction, occlusive arterial disease, and atherosclerosis. There are several reports regarding the association between aortic aneurysm and diabetes mellitus.