Retrospective analysis of real-world outcomes supports the use of the Amplatzer cardiac plug for left atrial appendage closure in atrial fibrillation patients with a very high risk of stroke or serious bleeds and who cannot tolerate oral anticoagulation.
In the past patients with alcoholic liver disease may not have been considered viable options for liver transplants. A recent study looked at whether an artificial device could help these patients return to a normal quality of life.
Current National Institutes of Health guidelines caution surgeons not to operate on obese patients over age 60. Surgeons in the Bronx, NY have been performing bariatric surgery on such patients for years, and say they have had good results.
Several prior studies have noted that Roux-Y gastric bypass surgery often leaves patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, but new research from Switzerland indicates that different flavors of the procedure expose patients to greatly different risks.
For children born with single ventricle defects every day matters in getting the treatment and operations they need to survive. A new study looked at a commonly known medication which could help get them extra time for their treatment.
In the past, patients deemed obese (especially those who were morbidly obese) may have been passed over for a life-saving liver transplant. A recent study showed they may be just as viable candidates for the procedure as others in the patient population.