Welcome to the monthly SHDA Research Update for March 2016. Our specialists have selected seminal papers that have been published recently in each specialty (cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac imaging and perioperative medicine). Cardiology Meredith et al. 1-Year outcomes with the fully repositionable and retrievable lotus transcatheter aortic replacement valve in 120 high-risk surgical patients with severe aortic stenosis: results of the REPRISE II study. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2016 Feb The first report of the one-year outcomes of the international REPRISE II (Repositionable Percutaneous Placement of Stenotic Aortic Valve through Implantation of Lotus Valve System–Evaluation of Safety and Performance) study is now available....Read More
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) have recently published updated guidelines for the Evaluation of Left Ventricular Diastolic Function by Echocardiography that are available for download here. ...Read More
ePLAR — The echocardiographic Pulmonary to Left Atrial Ratio is now published and available to access free for a limited time
The echocardiographic Pulmonary to Left Atrial Ratio (ePLAR) is a novel non-invasive parameter to differentiate pre-capillary and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension. Now published in the International Journal of Cardiology, free access to the full text publication is available here for the next 50 days only. Associate Professor Greg Scalia and colleagues have devised ePLAR as a “simple echocardiographic parameter which can accurately differentiate the smaller subset of patients with pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension from the more common post-capillary aetiology.” “The use of this easily obtained echocardiographic parameter has the potential to enhance non-invasive triage of patients for specific pulmonary vasodilator...Read More
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