October 20, 2016 We report the initial North American transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) experience with the Engager device. Transapical TAVI was performed in 4 patients (mean age 80 +/- 6 years, Society of Thoracic Surgeons score 5 +/- 1%). The valve was anatomically oriented and successfully implanted in all patients.
September 10, 2016 Conventional epicardial excision is believed to be the most effective method of surgically obliterating the left atrial appendage (LAA), although incomplete resection and residual LAA volume may undermine its effectiveness. We sought to compare the impact of conventional epicardial excision with a novel LAA pericardial patch exclusion on residual LAA volume (2016 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27571564 )
May 31, 2016 In 2014, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) published a position statement on the management of thoracic aortic disease addressing size thresholds for surgery, imaging modalities, medical therapy, and genetics. It did not address issues related to surgical intervention. This joint Position Statement on behalf of the CCS, Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons, and the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery provides recommendations about thoracic aortic disease interventions, including: aortic valve repair, perfusion strategies for arch repair, extended arch hybrid reconstruction for acute type A dissection, endovascular management of arch and descending aortic aneurysms, and type B dissection
October 27, 2017 Drs. Al-Amodi, St-Amand, Chu, and colleagues, describe a technique of combined transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), off-pump single coronary artery bypass, and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a high-risk patient presenting with unstable angina and severe heart failure.