New Blood-Resistant Glue Mends Broken Hearts Without Sutures

How do you mend a broken heart? You’re operating on a heart and it’s got a tear in it. How do you seal it?

Sutures? Staples? These are the traditional answers, but they aren’t good ones. Both involve piercing tissue and creating holes, which is bad news for an organ that’s constantly moving, and vigorously pumping blood. Holes lead to clots. They also bleed.


Posted by John Rintamaki on Monday, January 27, 2014

The Precarious State of the Liver After a Fontan Operation: Summary of a Multidisciplinary Symposium


As the cohort of survivors with the single-ventricle type of congenital heart disease grows, it becomes increasingly evident that the state of chronically elevated venous pressure and decreased cardiac output inherent in the Fontan circulation provides the substrate for a progressive decline in functional status. One organ at great risk is the liver. Wedged ...

Posted by John Rintamaki on Wednesday, January 1, 2014