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April Publication

American Journal of Cardiology

1.    Impact of Previous Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting on Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation for Aortic Stenosis
Sa'ar Minha, Marco A. Magalhaes, Israel M. Barbash, Itsik Ben-Dor,Danny Dvir, Petros G. Okubagzi, Fang Chen, Rebecca Torguson, Kenneth M. Kent, William O. Suddath, Lowell F. Satler, Augusto D. Pichard, Ron Waksman

2.    Functional Effect of New Atrial Septal Defect After Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair Using the MitraClip Device
Rainer Hoffmann, Ertunc Altiok, Sebastian Reith, Kathrin Brehmer,Mohammad Almalla

3.    Impact of High-Dose Atorvastatin Therapy and Clinical Risk Factors on Incident Aortic Valve Stenosis in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease (from TNT, IDEAL, and SPARCL)
Benoit J. Arsenault, S. Matthijs Boekholdt, Samia Mora, David A. DeMicco, Weihang Bao, Jean-Claude Tardif, Pierre Amarenco, Terje Pedersen, Philip Barter, David D. Waters

4.    Impact of the Preoperative Risk and the Type of Surgery on Exercise Capacity and Training After Valvular Surgery
Sofie Pardaens, Veronique Moerman, Anne-Marie Willems, Patrick Calders,Jozef Bartunek, Marc Vanderheyden, Johan De Sutter

5.    Comparison of Results of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Patients With Severely Stenotic Bicuspid Versus Tricuspid or Nonbicuspid Valves
Charis Costopoulos, Azeem Latib, Francesco Maisano, Luca Testa, Francesco Bedogni, Louise Buchanan, Toru Naganuma, Alessandro Sticchi, Katsumasa Sato, Tadashi Miyazaki, Filippo Figini, Francesco Giannini, Maurizio Taramasso, Charbel Naim, Mauro Carlino, Alaide Chieffo, Matteo Montorfano, Ottavio Alfieri, Antonio Colombo

American Heart Journal

1.    Lack of progress in valvular heart disease in the pre–transcatheter aortic valve replacement era: Increasing deaths and minimal change in mortality rate over the past three decades
Sean Coffey, Brian Cox, Michael J.A. Williams


1.    Postprocedural Aortic Regurgitation in Balloon-Expandable and Self-Expandable Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Procedures:Analysis of Predictors and Impact on Long-Term Mortality: Insights From the FRANCE2 Registry
Eric Van Belle, Françis Juthier, Sophie Susen, André Vincentelli, Bernard Iung,Jean Dallongeville, Hélène Eltchaninoff, Marc Laskar, Pascal Leprince, Michel Lievre, Carlo Banfi, Jean-Luc Auffray, Cedric Delhaye, Patrick Donzeau-Gouge,Karine Chevreul, Jean Fajadet, Alain Leguerrier, Alain Prat, Martine Gilard, And Emmanuel Teiger

Circulation Intervention

1.    Prognostic Implications of Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Study From the FRANCE 2 Registry
Adrien Luçon, Emmanuel Oger, Marc Bedossa, Dominique Boulmier, Jean Philippe Verhoye, Hélène Eltchaninoff, Bernard Iung, Alain Leguerrier, Marc Laskar, Pascal Leprince, Martine Gilard, and Hervé Le Breton

European Journal cardio-Thoracic Surgery

1.Outcomes of mitral valve repair using artificial chordae
Michael Ibrahim, Christopher Rao, Maria Savvopoulou, Roberto Casula, and Thanos Athanasiou

2.    Effect of preoperative symptoms on outcomes after valve repair for degenerative aortic insufficiency
Hunaid A. Vohra, Laurent deKerchove, Robert N. Whistance, David Glineur, Phillipe Noirhomme, and Gebrine El Khoury

3.    Towards an individualized approach to bicuspid aortopathy: different valve types have unique determinants of aortic dilatation
Alessandro Della Corte, Ciro Bancone, Giovanni Dialetto, Franco E. Covino, Sabrina Manduca, Veronica D'Oria, Giuseppe Petrone, Marisa De Feo, and Gianantonio Nappi

4.    On-pump fibrillating heart mitral valve replacement with the SAPIEN™ XT transcatheter heart valve
Enrico Ferrari, Lars Niclauss, Didier Locca, and Carlo Marcucci

European heart journal cardiovascular imaging

1.    Recovery of left ventricular and left atrial mechanics in various entities of aortic stenosis 12 months after TAVI
Sebastian Spethmann, Gerd Baldenhofer, Henryk Dreger, Katharina Stüer, Wasiem Sanad, Davit Saghabalyan, Eda Müller, Verena Stangl, Gert Baumann, Karl Stangl,Michael Laule, and Fabian Knebel


1.    The infective endocarditis team: recommendations from an international working group
John Chambers, Jonathan Sandoe, Simon Ray, Bernard Prendergast, David Taggart,Stephen Westaby, Chris Arden, Lucy Grothier, Jo Wilson, Brian Campbell, Christa Gohlke-Bärwolf, Carlos A Mestres, Raphael Rosenhek, Philippe Pibarot, Catherine Otto

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

1.    Transcatheter Implantation of Homologous “Off-the-Shelf” Tissue-Engineered Heart Valves With Self-Repair Capacity:Long-Term Functionality and Rapid In Vivo Remodeling in Sheep
Anita Driessen-Mol, Maximilian Y. Emmert, Petra E. Dijkman, Laura Frese, Bart Sanders, Benedikt Weber, Nikola Cesarovic,, Michele Sidler, Jori Leenders, Rolf Jenni , Jürg Grünenfelder, Volkmar Falk,Frank P.T. Baaijens and Simon P. Hoerstrup

2.    New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation After Aortic Valve Replacement:Comparison of Transfemoral, Transapical, Transaortic, and Surgical Approaches
Tanyanan Tanawuttiwat, Brian P. O'Neill, Mauricio G. Cohen, Orawee Chinthakanan, , Alan W. Heldman, Claudia A. Martinez, Carlos E. Alfonso,Raul D. Mitrani, Conrad J. Macon, Roger G. Carrillo, Donald B. Williams, ,William W. O'Neill  and Robert J. Myerburg

3.    Sex-Related Differences in Outcomes After Transcatheter or Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement in Patients With Severe Aortic Stenosis: Insights From the PARTNER Trial (Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valve)
Mathew Williams, Susheel K. Kodali, Rebecca T. Hahn, Karin H. Humphries , Vuyisile T. Nkomo, David J. Cohen, Pamela S. Douglas, Michael Mack, Thomas C. McAndrew, Lars Svensson, Vinod H. Thourani,  E. Murat Tuzcu, Neil J. Weissman, Ajay J. Kirtane, SM and Martin B. Leon

4.    Gross and Histological Features of Excised Portions of Posterior Mitral Leaflet in Patients Having Operative Repair of Mitral Valve Prolapse and Comments on the Concept of Missing (= Ruptured) Chordae Tendineae
William C. Roberts, Travis J. Vowels, Jong M. Ko, BA and Robert F. Hebeler

JACC Imaging

1.    3D Echocardiographic Location of Implantable Device Leads and Mechanism of Associated Tricuspid Regurgitation
Anuj Mediratta, Karima Addetia, Megan Yamat, Joshua D. Moss, Hemal M. Nayak , Martin C. Burke, Lynn Weinert, BS, Francesco Maffessanti, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Victor Mor-Avi and Roberto M. Lang

JACC intervention

1.    MitraClip Therapy in Surgical High-Risk Patients:Identification of Echocardiographic Variables Affecting Acute Procedural Outcome
Edith Lubos, Michael Schlüter , Eik Vettorazzi , Britta Goldmann, Daniel Lubs, Johannes Schirmer, Hendrik Treede, Hermann Reichenspurner, Stefan Blankenberg, Stephan Baldus and Volker Rudolph

Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

1.    Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography for Surgical Repair of Mitral Regurgitation
David Andrew Sidebotham, Sara Jane Allen, Ivor L. Gerber, Trevor Fayers

2.    Asymmetric versus Symmetric Tethering Patterns in Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation: Geometric Differences from Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography
Xin Zeng, Maria Carmo P. Nunes, John Dent, Linda Gillam, Joseph P. Mathew, James S. Gammie, Deborah D. Ascheim, Ellen Moquete, Judy Hung

3.    Incremental Value of the En Face View of the Tricuspid Valve by Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Echocardiography for Accurate Identification of Tricuspid Valve Leaflets
Ivan Stankovic, Ana Maria Daraban, Ruta Jasaityte, Aleksandar N. Neskovic, Piet Claus, Jens-Uwe Voigt

4.    Carotid Artery and Aortic Stiffness Evaluation in Aortic Stenosis
Sara Hana Weisz, Julien Magne, Raluca Dulgheru, Pio Caso, Luc A. Piérard, Patrizio Lancellotti

5.    Elastic Properties of the Descending Aorta in Patients with a Bicuspid or Tricuspid Aortic Valve and Aortic Valvular Disease
Johan Petrini, Jonas Jenner, Anette Rickenlund, Per Eriksson, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Kenneth Caidahl, Maria J. Eriksson

Journal of thoracic and CV surgery

1.    Infective endocarditis: Perioperative management and surgical principles
Kareem Bedeir, Michael Reardon, Basel Ramlawi

2.    Infective endocarditis: An atlas of disease progression for describing, staging, coding, and understanding the pathology
Gösta B. Pettersson, Syed T. Hussain, Nabin K. Shrestha, Steven Gordon, Thomas G. Fraser, Khalid S. Ibrahim, Eugene H. Blackstone

3.    Reduced anticoagulation after mechanical aortic valve replacement: Interim results from the Prospective Randomized On-X Valve Anticoagulation Clinical Trial randomized Food and Drug Administration investigational device exemption trial
John Puskas, Marc Gerdisch, Dennis Nichols, Reed Quinn, Charles Anderson, Birger Rhenman, Lilibeth Fermin, Michael McGrath, Bobby Kong, Chad Hughes, Gulshan Sethi, Michael Wait, Tomas Martin, Allen Graeve, PROACT Investigators

4.    Antimineralization treatment and patient-prosthesis mismatch are major determinants of the onset and incidence of structural valve degeneration in bioprosthetic heart valves
Willem Flameng, Filip Rega, Monique Vercalsteren, Paul Herijgers, Bart Meuris

5.    Tricuspid annuloplasty concomitant with mitral valve surgery: Effects on right ventricular remodeling
Philippe B. Bertrand, Gille Koppers, Frederik H. Verbrugge, Wilfried Mullens, Pieter Vandervoort, Robert Dion, David Verhaert

6.    Freestyle root replacement for complex destructive aortic valve endocarditis
Anneliese Heinz, Julia Dumfarth, Elfriede Ruttmann-Ulmer, Michael Grimm, Ludwig C. Müller


1.    Comparison of Balloon-Expandable vs Self-expandable Valves in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: The CHOICE Randomized Clinical Trial
Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, MD; Julinda Mehilli, MD; Christian Frerker, MD; Franz-Josef Neumann, MD; Thomas Kurz, MD; Ralph Tölg, MD; Dirk Zachow, MD; Elena Guerra, MD; Steffen Massberg, MD; Ulrich Schäfer, MD; Mohamed El-Mawardy, MD; Gert Richardt, MD; for the CHOICE investigators