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Risks of having a cardiac death or heart attack after non-cardiac surgery
In an extensive review (and the first of a two-part series in CMAJ) P.J. (2005-09-12)
Pre-surgery beta blockers, risk of death examined in noncardiac surgery
The controversial practice of administering pre-surgery beta-blockers to patients having noncardiac surgery was associated with an increased risk of death in patients with no cardiac risk factors but it was beneficial for patients with three to four risk factors, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. (2015-05-27)
Should patients undergoing surgery get ASA?
A national survey of Canadian surgeons by researchers at McMaster University found little consistency in their use of the blood thinner ASA in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. (2006-10-23)
No association between sex-discordant blood transfusions and risk of death
New research from Karolinska Institutet refutes the findings of a previous study indicating a possible higher risk of death after sex-discordant blood transfusions for cardiac surgery. (2016-11-22)
Shutting off blood supply to an extremity to protect the heart
Shutting off the blood supply to an arm or a leg before cardiac surgery protects the heart during the operation. (2014-10-24)
First European guidelines for reducing the cardiac risks in noncardiac surgery
Cardiac events are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, and new guidelines issued today by the European Society of Cardiology address this common and complicated challenge. (2009-08-31)
Vitamin C may decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery
Vitamin C decreased the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation by 44 percent in cardiac surgery patients in nine randomized trials that were conducted outside of the USA according to a meta-analysis published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. (2017-02-01)
Is robotic technology reducing health care costs for cardiac patients?
While potential benefits of robotic technology include decreased morbidity and improved recovery, some have suggested a prohibitively high cost. (2005-05-25)
Depression increases risk of cardiac events after coronary artery bypass surgery
A study in this week's issue of THE LANCET highlights how depression is an important independent risk factor for cardiac events after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. (2001-11-22)
Physical inactivity after cardiac surgery linked with substantially higher risk of depression
New research indicates that inactive patients following cardiac surgery have a substantially higher risk of depression and that the number of patients suffering from depression after cardiac surgery is as high as 40 percent. (2013-12-18)
Study questions safety of heart procedures at hospitals without cardiac surgery programs
Rekindling a debate on the safety of performing an increasingly popular non-surgical heart procedure in hospitals that do not have onsite cardiac surgery programs, a study led by Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) concluded that patients who undergo the procedure in hospitals without cardiac surgeons have a higher rate of mortality than those in hospitals with a cardiac surgery program. (2004-10-27)
Heart surgeries can trigger strokes, seizures and other neurological complications
Strokes, seizures and other neurological complications related to heart surgery account for (2010-11-16)
Greater risk of death for cardiac surgery patients with long ICU stay
A recent study determined that patients who underwent recent cardiac surgical procedures and had prolonged stay in the intensive care unit had lower survival rates and lower quality of life. (2005-06-02)
Effects of complement inhibition with soluble complement receptor during cardiac surgery
When patients are placed on cardiopulmonary bypass during cardiac surgery, a series of chemicals known as complement are activated, which results in an inflammatory response that can contribute to increased mortality and morbidity. (2007-09-24)
Questions over drugs to prevent heart complications during surgery
The use of drugs to prevent heart complications during surgery is called into question in this week's BMJ. (2007-06-22)
A 'broader' look at cardiac CTA images often finds diseases/disorders beyond the heart
Performing cardiac CTA after coronary artery bypass surgery can reveal unsuspected and potentially significant findings beyond the heart, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Md. (2007-08-13)
Use of hydrocortisone reduces incidence of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery
Patients who receive corticosteroids after cardiac surgery have a significantly lower risk of atrial fibrillation in the days following the surgery, according to a study in the April 11 issue of JAMA. (2007-04-10)
Study examines link between beta-blocker use and risks of death and heart attack after surgery
Some patients who received beta-blockers before and around the time of undergoing non-cardiac surgery appear to have higher rates of heart attack and death within 30 days of their surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-10-20)
Depression after bypass surgery linked to later problems
Patients who are depressed one month after undergoing bypass surgery are more likely to have chest pain and other cardiac problems five years after the surgery, says new research. (2002-11-01)
Taking statins before heart surgery can help reduce post-surgical complications
Using statins before and after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery can help reduce cardiac complications, such as atrial fibrillation, following surgery and also can reduce the risk of death during and after surgery, according to a review article posted online today by The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. (2016-01-12)
Previous stroke, vascular disease: Seniors at higher risk of stroke after heart surgery
Older people who have had strokes or who have vascular disease are at risk of stroke both immediately after cardiac surgery and during the following two years, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2014-07-21)
Michigan surgeon Jennifer Hirsch, M.D., earns national award for women in cardiac surgery
University of Michigan's Jennifer C. Hirsch, M.D., M.S., was selected for the Nina Starr Braunwald award, a top award for women in cardiac surgery. (2010-03-03)
Experiencing a-fib while hospitalized for surgery linked with increased risk of stroke
In a study that included 1.7 million patients undergoing inpatient surgery, experiencing atrial fibrillation while hospitalized was associated with an increased long-term risk of ischemic stroke, especially following noncardiac surgery, according to a study in the Aug. (2014-08-12)
Study reveals worrying survival gap between rich and poor after heart surgery
People from the most deprived areas of England have a far higher risk of death after cardiac surgery than people from the least deprived areas, finds a large study published on today. (2009-04-02)
Queen's researcher leads study on using selenium to aid recovery from cardiac surgery
SodiUm SeleniTe Administration IN Cardiac Surgery (SUSTAIN) study will test the effect of high-dose selenium on patient recovery, occurrence of post-surgical complications. (2016-05-18)
High-dose statin before, after cardiac surgery does not reduce risk of kidney injury
Among patients undergoing cardiac surgery, high-dose treatment with atorvastatin before and after surgery did not reduce the overall risk of acute kidney injury compared with placebo, according to study published by JAMA. (2016-02-23)
Preoperative nutritional supplement improves outcome for high-risk patients undergoing heart surgery
An immune-enhancing nutritional supplement conventionally used in critical care and cancer surgery could be beneficial for elderly and other high-risk patients requiring cardiac surgery, conclude authors of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET. (2001-08-30)
New tool predicts risk of heart attack in older surgery patients
A tool designed to more accurately predict the risk of heart attack in older patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery works significantly better than traditional risk assessment tools. (2017-11-16)
New study finds cardiovascular rehabilitation helps reduce risk of death in depressed heart patients
Depression has been known to be associated with poor cardiovascular outcomes, but if patients who are depressed attend cardiac rehabilitation after heart surgery, their risk of death is significantly reduced, according to a new study. (2016-11-13)
Vanderbilt study finds obesity linked to kidney injury after heart surgery
Obesity increases the risk of acute kidney injury following cardiac surgery, according to a Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (2012-07-05)
Clear link between income and survival after cardiac surgery
The higher a patient's income, the better are his or her chances of surviving cardiac surgery in both the short and long term. (2015-10-19)
Successful transcatheter treatment of severe cardiac failure, a world first
The Cardiovascular Surgery Group at Osaka University performed a transcatheter mitral valve implantation in dysfunctional artificial valves in severe cardiac failure patients with prosthetic valve dysfunction. (2017-09-11)
Home health visits greatly lower readmissions for heart surgery patients
A study from North Shore University Hospital's cardiothoracic surgery department demonstrated a very significant reduction in hospital readmissions after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. (2014-05-01)
$4 million award to improve detection of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery
Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have received a five-year, $4 million National Institutes of Health grant to study novel ways to improve the diagnosis of acute kidney injury, a common complication of cardiac surgery that results in increased mortality. (2008-02-14)
Regulation of heart procedures fall short of expectations
Certificate of Need, a form of state government regulation designed to keep mortality rates and healthcare costs down, appears to do neither with regard to two widespread heart procedures. (2007-03-02)
Rational autologous cell sources for therapy of heart failure
This review focuses on the possibilities for intraoperative processing and isolation of autologous cells and their straightforward use in cell transplantation for heart failure therapy. (2016-04-26)
Beta blockers and perioperative care: EHJ editorial addresses controversy
Whether beta blockers in perioperative care are protective, safe or harmful continues to be a subject of debate. (2014-02-07)
Cardiothoracic Surgeons Are Further Down The Road Of Self-Regulation Than We Realize
In the UK cardiothoracic surgery has better data and is more subject to internal scrutiny than any other specialty , says Bruce Keogh of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. (1998-06-12)
'SIRT'ain security: the protein SIRT3 protects the heart
Sirtuin proteins promote longevity in many organisms. Increased expression of one sirtuin protein, SIRT3, has been linked to increased human lifespan. (2009-08-03)
Cardiac surgeons prove decreased mortality with off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting
NYU Medical Center's cardiac surgeons Eugene Grossi, MD, and Aubrey Galloway, MD, announced new study findings demonstrating significantly lowered mortality, stroke, and overall risk of complications using off-pump coronary artery by-pass grafting (OPCAB) in high-risk patients. (2003-05-05)
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