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Latest pericardial effusion Stories

2009-09-21 07:17:26

Pericardial effusion, the collection of fluid around the heart, typically occurs in patients following heart surgery and is usually treated using an invasive surgical drainage technique. However researchers have discovered that a minimally invasive procedure called CT-guided tube pericardiostomy is just as effective "” requiring no recovery time, fewer resources, and provides an 89 percent cost savings over the surgical drainage technique, according to a study published in the October...

2005-10-18 23:24:00

Correcting the timing of heart contractions through cardiac resynchronization therapy can be a lifesaver for people with advanced heart failure. But the procedure, as it is done today, fails in about 15 percent of patients. Using a minimally invasive approach that may startle heart specialists, a medical-student researcher developed a technique that"”at least in pigs"”overcomes the procedure's main shortcomings. Steven Mickelsen, a third-year medical student at the University of...

2004-11-28 03:00:13

Does It Masquerade as "Idiopathic Pericarditis" Following Silent Infarcts? In this issue of CHEST (see page 1680), Bendjelid and Pugin have called attention to the current scarcity of Dressler syndrome. The post-myocardial infarction syndrome (PMIS) [Dressler syndrome] indeed appears to be disappearing in the last quaarter century.1 Although there is some dissent,2 investigators who see large numbers of patients with myocardial infarction (MI), including infarction pericarditis...


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