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February Publication

American Journal of Cardiology

1.    Comparison of the Effectiveness of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Patients With Stenotic Bicuspid Versus Tricuspid Aortic Valves (from the German TAVI Registry)
Timm Bauer, Axel Linke, Horst Sievert, Philipp Kahlert, Rainer Hambrecht, Georg Nickenig, Karl Eugen Hauptmann, Stefan Sack, Ulrich Gerckens, Steffen Schneider, Uwe Zeymer, Ralf Zahn

2.    Influence of Gender on Clinical Outcomes Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation from the UK Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Registry and the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research
Rasha Al-Lamee, Christopher Broyd, Jessica Parker, Justin E. Davies,Jamil Mayet, Nilesh Sutaria, Ben Ariff, Beth Unsworth, Jonathan Cousins, Colin Bicknell, Jonathan Anderson, Iqbal S. Malik, Andrew Chukwuemeka, Daniel J. Blackman, Neil Moat, Peter F. Ludman, Darrel P. Francis, Ghada W. Mikhail

3.    Impact of Diabetes Mellitus on Early and Midterm Outcomes After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (from a Multicenter Registry)
Federico Conrotto, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Francesca Giordana, Stefano Salizzoni, Corrado Tamburino, Giuseppe Tarantini, Patrizia Presbitero, Marco Barbanti, Valeria Gasparetto, Marco Mennuni, Massimo Napodano, Marco L. Rossi, Michele La Torre, Gaetana Ferraro, Pierluigi Omedè, Paolo Scacciatella, Walter Grosso Marra, Chiara Colaci, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'Amico, Mauro Rinaldi, Fiorenzo Gaita, Sebastiano Marra

Aharon Erez, Amit Segev, Diego Medvedofsky, Paul Fefer, Ehud Raanani, Ilan Goldenberg, Victor Guetta

American Heart Journal

1.    Short-term hemodynamic effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition in patients with severe aortic stenosis: A placebo-controlled, randomized study
Morten Dalsgaard, Kasper Iversen, Jesper Kjaergaard, Peer Grande, Jens Peter Goetze, Peter Clemmensen, Christian Hassager

2.    Balloon aortic valvuloplasty in the era of transcatheter aortic valve replacement: Acute and long-term outcomes
Hélène Eltchaninoff, Eric Durand, Bogdan Borz, Akira Furuta, Karim Bejar, Alexandre Canville, Ali Farhat, Chiara Fraccaro, Matthieu Godin, Christophe Tron, Rahul Sakhuja, Alain Cribier


1.    Bicuspid Aortic Cusp Fusion Morphology Alters Aortic Three-Dimensional Outflow Patterns, Wall Shear Stress, and Expression of Aortopathy
Riti Mahadevia, Alex J. Barker, Susanne Schnell, Pegah Entezari, Preeti Kansal,Paul W.M. Fedak, S. Chris Malaisrie, Patrick McCarthy, Jeremy Collins, James Carr, and Michael Markl

2.    The Echo Score Revisited: Impact of Incorporating Commissural Morphology and Leaflet Displacement to the Prediction of Outcome for Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Mitral Valvuloplasty
Maria Carmo P. Nunes, Timothy C. Tan, Sammy Elmariah, Rodrigo do Lago,Ronan Margey, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Hui Zheng, Mark D. Handschumacher,Ignacio Inglessis, Igor F. Palacios, Arthur E. Weyman, and Judy Hung

European Journal cardio-Thoracic Surgery

1.    Early and mid-term outcomes of combined aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting in elderly patients
Toshihiro Fukui, Ko Bando, Sachiko Tanaka, Tomoya Uchimuro, Minoru Tabata, andShuichiro Takanashi

2.    No ring at all in mitral valve repair: indications, techniques and long-term outcome
Roland Hetzer and Eva Maria Delmo Walter

3.    Re-repair of the mitral valve as a primary strategy for early and late failures of mitral valve repair
Anelechi C. Anyanwu, Shinobu Itagaki, Robin Varghese, Javier Castillo, Joanna Chikwe, and David H. Adams

4.    Performance of EuroSCORE II in patients who have undergone heart valve surgery: a multicentre study in a Chinese population
Lv Wang, Qing-Qi Han, Fan Qiao, Chong Wang, Xi-Wu Zhang, Lin Han, and Zhi-Yun Xu

European heart journal cardiovascular imaging

1.    Accuracy of Doppler-echocardiographic parameters for the detection of aortic bileaflet mechanical prosthetic valve dysfunction
Othman Smadi, Julio Garcia, Philippe Pibarot, Emmanuel Gaillard, Ibrahim Hassan,and Lyes Kadem

2.    The evaluation of mitral valve stenosis: comparison of transthoracic echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance
Funda Helvacioglu, Ozlem Yildirimturk, Cihan Duran, Selen Yurdakul, Yelda Tayyareci, Onur Levent Ulusoy, and Saide Aytekin

Journal of the American College of Cardiology

1.    Elevated Expression of Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease:Implications for Valve Mineralization
Ablajan Mahmut, MD, MSc, Marie-Chloé Boulanger, PhD, Diala El Husseini, MSc, Dominique Fournier, MSc, Rihab Bouchareb, PhD, Jean-Pierre Després, PhD, Philippe Pibarot, PhD,Yohan Bossé, PhD and Patrick Mathieu, MD

2.    Elevated Lipoprotein(a) and Risk of Aortic Valve Stenosis in the General Population
Pia R. Kamstrup, MD, PhD, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, MD, DMSc and Børge G. Nordestgaard, MD, DMSc

JACC intervention

1.    Effect of Valve Design on the Stent Internal Diameter of a Bioprosthetic Valve: A Concept of True Internal Diameter and Its Implications for the Valve-in-Valve Procedure
Vinayak N. Bapat, MD, Rizwan Attia, MD and Martyn Thomas, MD

2.    Impact of New-Onset Persistent Left Bundle Branch Block on Late Clinical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation With a Balloon-Expandable Valve
Marina Urena, MD, John G. Webb, MD, Asim Cheema, MD, Vicenç Serra, MD, Stefan Toggweiler, MD, Marco Barbanti, MD, Anson Cheung, MD, Jian Ye, MD, Eric Dumont, MD,Robert DeLarochellière, MD, Daniel Doyle, MD, Hatim A. Al Lawati, MD, Marc Peterson, MD,Robert Chisholm, MD, Albert Igual, MD, Henrique Barbosa Ribeiro, MD, Luis Nombela-Franco, MD, François Philippon, MD, Bruno Garcia del Blanco, MD and Josep Rodés-Cabau, MD

3.    Transapical Mitral Implantation of the Tiara Bioprosthesis:Pre-Clinical Results
Shmuel Banai, MD, Stefan Verheye, MD, Anson Cheung, MD, Marc Schwartz, BSc, Alexei Marko, MASc, PEng, Randy Lane, BSc, E. Marc Jolicoeur, MD, Patrick Garceau, MD, Simon Biner, MD, Jean-Francois Tanguay, MD, Elazer R. Edelman, MD, PhD and Christopher J. White, MD

Journal of thoracic and CV surgery

1.    Sutureless replacement versus transcatheter valve implantation in aortic valve stenosis: A propensity-matched analysis of 2 strategies in high-risk patients
Giuseppe Santarpino, Steffen Pfeiffer, Jürgen Jessl, Angelo Maria Dell’Aquila,Francesco Pollari, Matthias Pauschinger, Theodor Fischlein

2.    Effect of severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction on hospital outcome after transcatheter aortic valve implantation or surgical aortic valve replacement: Results from a propensity-matched population of the Italian OBSERVANT multicenter study
Francesco Onorati, Paola D’Errigo, Claudio Grossi, Marco Barbanti,Marco Ranucci, Daniel Remo Covello, Stefano Rosato, Alice Maraschini, Gennaro Santoro, Corrado Tamburino, Fulvia Seccareccia, Francesco Santini, Lorenzo Menicanti, OBSERVANT Research Group

3.    Impact of concurrent surgical valve procedures in patients receiving continuous-flow devices
Ranjit John, Yoshifumi Naka, Soon J. Park, Chittoor Sai-Sudhakar,Christopher Salerno, Kartik S. Sundareswaran, David J. Farrar, Carmelo A. Milano

4.    The St Jude Medical Trifecta aortic pericardial valve: Results from a global, multicenter, prospective clinical study
Joseph E. Bavaria, Nimesh D. Desai, Anson Cheung, Michael R. Petracek, Mark A. Groh, Michael A. Borger, Hartzell V. Schaff

5.    Identical tricuspid ring sizing in simultaneous functional tricuspid and mitral valve repair: A simple and effective strategy
Lynn C. Huffman, Jennifer S. Nelson, April N. Lehman, Marguerite C. Krajacic, Steven F. Bolling

6.    Differences in aortic cusp coaptation between the reimplantation and the remodeling techniques of aortic valve–sparing surgery: An in vitro porcine model study
Daniele Maselli, Luca Weltert, Raffaele Scaffa, Saverio Nardella,Lorenzo Guerrieri Wolf, Ruggero De Paulis

7.    Alternative access options for transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with no conventional access and chest pathology
Adil H. Al Kindi, Khaled F. Salhab, Eric E. Roselli, Samir Kapadia, E. Murat Tuzcu, Lars G. Svensson