Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
Role of Surgery in Myasthenia Gravis: Recent Randomized Trial of Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis

Role of Surgery in Myasthenia Gravis: Recent Randomized Trial of Thymectomy in Myasthenia Gravis

The first reported use of thymectomy in patients with non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis (MG) was 75 years ago. Of six patients who more

UV-light enabled catheter fixes holes in the heart without invasive surgery

UV-light enabled catheter fixes holes in the heart without invasive surgery

Washington: Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Karp Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have jointly designed a specialized catheter for fixing holes in the heart using a biodegradable adhesive and patch. more

Surgeons refine procedure for life-threatening congenital heart defect

Surgeons refine procedure for life-threatening congenital heart defect

Washington: For children born with life-threating hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), reconstructive surgeries can restore blood circulation. While the most common corrective approach is the three-stage Norwood procedure, an alternative strategy, hybrid palliation, allows deferral of the more complex reconstructions to when the child is somewhat older and better able to successfully recover from major surgery. more

Heart bypass surgery outperforms new generation stents

Heart bypass surgery outperforms new generation stents

Washington: Despite the advent of a new generation of stents, patients with multiple narrowed arteries in the heart who received coronary artery bypass grafting fared better than those whose arteries were opened with balloon angioplasty and stents in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. more

Routine clot removal after heart attack not beneficial, may increase risk

Routine clot removal after heart attack not beneficial, may increase risk

Washington: A technique used to clear blood clots from arteries to the heart in about 20 per cent of patients undergoing angioplasty appears to increase the risk of stroke without providing the intended benefit, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. more

After hospital discharge, deadly heart risks can remain for up to a year

After hospital discharge, deadly heart risks can remain for up to a year

Washington: In the month following an older heart patient’s hospital discharge, there is a one in five risk of rehospitalisation or death, but little is known about how these risks change over time. A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers found that risks remain high for up to a year, but can be addressed with targeted care. more

Strategies to reduce sternal wound infection following coronary bypass surgery

Strategies to reduce sternal wound infection following coronary bypass surgery

Hyderabad: Several observational studies and meta-analysis conducted worldwide show that patients who undergo coronary bypass surgery, redo CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) requirement at 12 years is about 40 per cent with use of single mammary artery graft and additional vein grafts and 8 per cent in patients receiving two mammary artery grafts. In the past due to apprehension of sternal wound infections after the use of two mammary artery grafts, the use of this technique was less frequent. more

New technique to save life of critical patients

New technique to save life of critical patients

Ludhiana: Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, head of cardio vascular surgery at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana and founder president of the Association of North Zone Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgeons (ANZCTVS), claims to have developed a technique which can be life saving for critical patients. more

Research could offer new hope for patients with cardiovascular disease

Research could offer new hope for patients with cardiovascular disease

London: New research has shown a protein that controls the growth of new blood vessels could potentially reduce the effects of cardiovascular disease in patients’ legs, including risks of leg ulcers, gangrene, and amputation. more

Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery, study shows

Newly donated blood reduces complications from heart surgery, study shows

Vancouver (Canada): Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown. more