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AATS ANNUAL MEETING 2016
First Clinical Use of Bioabsorbable Vascular Grafts in Children Shows Promise
Synthetic Grafts Replaced by Body’s Own Tissue Over Time Offer Potential for Fewer Long-Term Complications, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 17, 2016


Critical Shortage of Cardiothoracic Surgeons Anticipated by 2035
Researchers Urge Steps Be Taken Now to Train More Surgeons to Meet Burgeoning Future Needs, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 17, 2016


VA Hospitals Favor Mitral Valve Repair vs. Replacement
10-Year Rates Mirror Non-VA Hospitals Although Wide Variability in MV Repair Rates Among Centers Noted, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 17, 2016


External Stenting Can Relieve Chronic Airway Obstruction in Children
Unique Surgical Option Stabilizes Airway and Expands with Growth, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 17, 2016


New Implantable VAD for Severe Heart Failure in Kids Shows Encouraging Results in Sheep
First-Ever Implantable VAD for Small Children May Be a Breakthrough for the Management of Pediatric Heart Failure, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016


MSK Surgeons Present Strategies for Increasing Survival in Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients With Lung Metastases Undergoing Resection
Results from Large Database Identify Prognostic Factors Associated with Optimizing Survival, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016


Risk Factors Identified for Readmission to Hospital Following Esophagectomy
Risk Factors include Longer Operations, ICU Admission, and Perioperative Blood Transfusion, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016


Implantation of Rapid Deployment Aortic Valve Found to Be Durable, Safe, and Effective
TRANSFORM Trial shows EDWARDS INTUITY valve system shortens duration of interrupted blood flow and heart stoppage during surgery, according to presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016


Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Survival Rates Improved When Care Includes Four Specific Quality Measures
Only 13% of eligible patients studied benefited from all four quality measures and there is a wide disparity of implementation across the patients analyzed, according to a presentation at the 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016


Long-Acting Cardioplegia Solution Results in Better Outcomes for Pediatric Heart Surgery Patients
New Agent Leads to Shorter Interruption of Blood Flow, Faster Onset of Action, Faster Recovery and Shorter ICU Stays, According to Presentation at 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016

Older Patients with Atrial Fibrillation at Greater Risk for Post-Op Tricuspid Regurgitation After Mitral Valve Repair
Cardiothoracic Surgeons Identify Risk Factors at the 96th AATS Annual Meeting

May 16, 2016


Proportion of Patients With Diabetes Undergoing CABG
Spikes 5-Fold Over 4 Decades
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Analysis of More Than 55,000 CABG Patients Documents Worse Outcomes and Burgeoning Costs for Patients with Diabetes, According to Reports in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

August 26, 2015


Extracorporeal Life Support Is "Bridge-to-Life" for Patients with
Sudden Onset Cardiogenic Shock
( 100KB)
Dramatic Difference in Cardiac Recovery Depending on Whether Cardiogenic Shock Resulted from an Acute Event or Chronic Condition, According to Report in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

August 20, 2015


Seizures in Neonates Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Underappreciated and Dangerous
( 86KB)
Continuous EEG Monitoring Finds Seizures Not Uncommon, Not Apparent Clinically, and Linked to Higher Mortality, According to Report in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

August 19, 2015


Surgeons Refine Procedure for Life-Threatening Congenital Heart Defect ( 116KB)
Analysis of Use of Arterial Shunt in Hybrid Palliation Indicates Some Advantages for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, According to Report in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

August 13, 2015


Early Surgery for Mitral Regurgitation, Before Clinical Triggers Emerge,
Has Best Outcomes
( 228KB)
Allowing Patients to Reach Guideline-Based Triggers Not Safe and Imposes Postoperative Excess Complications in the Current Era of High Valve Repair Performance and Low-Risk Surgery, According to Report in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

August 11, 2015


Real-Time Imaging of Lung Lesions During Surgery Helps Localize Tumors and Improve Precision ( 300KB)
Targeted Molecular Agents Cause Lung Adenocarcinomas to Fluoresce During Surgery, According to Pilot Report in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

July 29, 2015


Statins Show Promise to Reduce Major Complications Following Lung Surgery ( 157KB)
Improved Outcomes Including Atrial Fibrillation Are Encouraging but Not Definitive Because of Early Study Termination, According to Reports in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

June 23, 2015


A Reinforced Cylinder Leads to Fewer Repeat Surgeries for Children Born with Heart Defect ( 382KB)
Use of reinforced ring is small but noteworthy advance for those with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, according to reports in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

June 23, 2015


Gentamicin-collagen sponge reduces the risk of sternal wound infections after heart surgery: Meta-analysis ( 100KB)
Strong Evidence for Administration of Topical Antibiotics to All Cardiac Surgery Patients Undergoing Median Sternotomy, According to Report in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

June 11, 2015


AATS ANNUAL MEETING 2015

5-Year Survivors of Esophageal Cancer Still Face Low But Constant Risks ( 55KB)
Clinicians Should Remain on the Lookout for Recurrence, Other Primary Cancers, and Chronic Respiratory Distress, According to Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting

April 29, 2015


Durable Benefits Seen for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery for Emphysema ( 55KB)
Findings Should Help Dispel Reluctance of Pulmonologists to Recommend Procedure, According to a Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting

April 29, 2015


A Simple, Active, Post-Discharge Intervention Program After Major Thoracic Surgery Reduces ER Visits and Saves Money ( 55KB)
Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Describes Benefits of the First Thoracic Surgery Post-Discharge Intervention Program of Its Kind

April 28, 2015


Pneumonectomy or Lobectomy? Study shows that Surgeon’s Experience May Be a Contributing Factor for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients ( 55KB)
Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Has Important Implications for Long-Term Outcomes

April 28, 2015


New Studies Examine the Significant Risk of Life-Threatening Blood Clots in Post-Surgical Lung Cancer Patients ( 100KB)
Presentations at the 95th AATS Annual Meeting Present Data on the Incidence of VTEs Underscore the Importance of Screening and Proactive Treatment and Use of an Effective Risk Assessment Tool

These three presentations comprise the General Thoracic Deep Dive Session, April 27, 3:20-3:55 PM PT, moderated by Keith S. Naunheim and Sidharta P. Gangadharan. Deep Dive Sessions allow the audience and a panel of experts to take a deeper look into studies through discussion and questions.

April 28, 2015


Study Allays Concerns that Cardiothoracic Physicians-In-Training Provide Suboptimal Care ( 50KB)
Similar Outcomes Seen When CABG Performed by Supervised Residents or Attending Physicians, According to Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting

April 28, 2015


Age at Surgery and Type of Valve in Pulmonary Valve Replacement Are Key Determinants of Re-Intervention in Congenital Heart Disease ( 100KB)
Presentation at 95th AATS Annual Meeting Indicates Greater Risk for Younger and Smaller Children

April 28, 2015

New guidelines issued for managing peri- and postoperative atrial fibrillation
September 22, 2014

Pigs’ Hearts Transplanted into Baboon Hosts Remain Viable More than a Year ( 54KB)
NIH Cardiac Surgical Scientists Able to Achieve Prolonged Survival by a Combination of Genetic Engineering and New Methods of Suppressing the Immune Response
August 18, 2014

Low-Dose Anticoagulation Therapy Can Be Used Safely with New Design Mechanical Heart Valve ( 108KB)
Findings From Phase One of the PROACT Randomized Clinical Trial Published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
May 15, 2014

AATS ANNUAL MEETING 2014

CT in the Operating Room Allows More Precise Removal of Small Lung Cancers ( 100KB)
Procedure Helps Spare Healthy Lung Tissue, According to Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting
April 30, 2014

Greater Surgeon Experience Increases Likelihood of Mitral Valve Repair vs Replacement ( 100KB)
Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Confirms MV Repair Rates Still Vary Significantly by Hospital and by Surgeon
April 30, 2014

Breath Analysis Offers Non-invasive Method to Detect Early Lung Cancer ( 100KB)
Specificity Double that of PET Scans, According to Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting
April 29, 2104

Very Low 30-Day Mortality Can Give False Sense of Complacency in Arterial Switch Operations ( 100KB)
With Better Modern-Day Immediate Post-Surgical Care, Attention Is Drawn to the 30-to-90 Day Postoperative Period as Risky Phase of Operation Has Been Extended, According to Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting
April 29, 2014

Poor Quality of Life Doesn't Predict Low Survival Rates in High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgery ( 108KB)
Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting
April 29, 2014

Major Lung Resection Safer than Ever, Especially at the Busiest Hospitals ( 100KB)
According to New Study Presented at the 94th Annual AATS Meeting
April 29, 2014

Technological Advancements Extend Long-Term Survival of Transplanted Hearts Across Species ( 100KB)
Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Describes Combination of Donor Genetic Modifications and Host-Targeted Immunosuppression
April 28, 2014

Applying Lessons from NASA Helps Manage Threats and Errors in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery ( 432KB)
Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Describes Steps to Break Error Cycles and Improve Patient Safety
April 28, 2014

Repeat Sternotomy for Aortic Valve Replacement Safe Option for Octogenarian Patients ( 51KB)
Low Risk for Patients Over 80 Who Have Had Previous Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, Say Investigators in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
March 26, 2014

Leading Surgeons Warn Against Media Hype About Tracheal Regeneration
( 65KB)
Tracheal Bioengineering Should Be Shown to Be Effective and Safe Before Further Transplants, Reports The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
March 24, 2014

Patients Enjoy Good Quality of Life 10 Years After Esophagectomy and Gastric Pull-Up ( 107KB)
Pessimism About Quality of Life in Long-Term Survivors Unwarranted, Reports The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
March 19, 2014

First Human Totally Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacements (TEAVR) Reported
( 195KB)
Surgeons Describe First TEAVR Procedures in Two Patients in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
March 11, 2014

Key Guidance Document Released on Transcatheter Therapies for Mitral Regurgitation ( 133KB)
Four cardiovascular societies, including AATS, provide overview designed to "set the stage" for targeted discussions about technologies’ dissemination
November 25, 2013

DOCUMENT
Transcatheter Therapies for Mitral Regurgitation ( 133KB)
A Professional Society Overview from the American College of Cardiology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Foundation, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Supports USPSTF Recommendation for Lung Cancer Screening ( 81KB)
Close Alignment Between USPSTF and AATS Recommendations
August 28, 2013

USPSTF RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT
www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/draftrec.htm

AATS ANNUAL MEETING 2013

Thoracic Endografts Used Successfully to Remove Tumors Invading the Aorta
( 88KB)
Study Suggests New Application for Endovascular Grafts, According to Presentation at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting
May 8, 2013

Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Sympathetic Denervation Helps Children with Refractory Ventricular Arrhythmias ( 87KB)
Arrhythmias Gone in Majority of Children, Says Study to Be Reported at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting
May 7, 2013

Helping Kids With Severe Respiratory Failure Survive Until Lung Transplantation ( 89KB)
First Use of Pumpless Paracorporeal Assist Device in the Very Young, Presentation at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting
May 6, 2013

Minimally-Invasive Technique to Replace Failed Biological Aortic Valves Successful in High Risk Patients ( 87KB)
Presentation at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting Describes Valve-in-Valve Repair
May 6, 2013

Single, High-Dose Erythropoietin Given 2 Days Pre-Op Reduces Need for Transfused Blood ( 87KB)
Aim Is for Better Outcomes in Anemic Surgical Patients with Fewer Transfusion-Related Complications, According to Study Presented at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting
May 6, 2013

Minimal Dose CT Superior to Chest X-Ray for Detection of Recurrent Lung Cancer ( 87KB)
Greater Sensitivity, with Lower Radiation Dose, Allows for Faster Treatment, Reported at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting
May 6, 2013

Low-Dose Anticoagulation Therapy Used with New Design Mechanical Heart Valve Lowers Bleeding Risk ( 86KB)
Presentation at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting Describes Preliminary Results
May 6, 2013

 

 
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