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Skin Cells Can Be Engineered Into Pulmonary Valves for Pediatric Patients

Researchers have found a way to take a pediatric patient’s skin cells, reprogram the skin cells to function as heart valvular cells, and then use the cells as part of a tissue-engineered pulmonary valve
27-Aug-2014 9:30 AM EDT

Statins May Improve Wound Healing Following Cardiac Surgery

Statin therapy may help to improve wound healing in patients following cardiac surgery and reduce overall recovery time, especially in patients who are prone to healing complications
24-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Postoperative AFib Increases Risk of Mortality, Hospital Readmission

New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (AFib, or abnormal heartbeat) occurs in one-out-of-five heart surgery patients and is associated with an increased risk of additional complications, including double the risk of death
24-Jul-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Congress Shows Strong Support for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

A large number of United States Senators and Representatives are taking the lead to support full Medicare coverage of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for seniors at high risk for lung cancer.
4-Jun-2014 3:20 PM EDT

Diabetes Linked with Worse Long-Term Outcomes Following Heart Surgery

Patients with diabetes mellitus have worse long-term outcomes and higher associated costs following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery than patients without diabetes
22-May-2014 4:15 PM EDT

Patients Still Unclear About Risks, Benefits of Heart Procedures Even After Multimedia Presentations

Informed consent programs are somewhat beneficial for improving patient comprehension prior to cardiac revascularization, but many patients still have misconceptions about benefits and outcomes
24-Apr-2014 10:50 AM EDT

Home Health Care Visits after Heart Surgery Significantly Reduce Risk of Readmission, Death

Home visits by a cardiac surgery nurse practitioner (NP) following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery can dramatically reduce a patient’s risk of hospital readmission and death 30 days after surgery
24-Apr-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Hospital Readmission Rates Not a Reliable Measure of Hospital Quality in Cardiac Surgical Care

Hospital readmission rates are not a reliable measure of hospital quality in cardiac surgical care because they are driven by chance rather than statistically significant measurements
26-Mar-2014 9:35 AM EDT

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Media Advisory: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Lung Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is today releasing a draft recommendation for using low-dose computed tomography (CT) to screen those at high risk for lung cancer. The recommendations will be posted on the USPSTF website at 5 p.m....
29-Jul-2013 3:00 PM EDT

STS Applauds US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation for Lung Cancer Screening - President Doug Wood, MD available for interviews

29-Jul-2013 5:00 PM EDT

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