Special Issues

Special Issue Title: Interventions for the failing left ventricle

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· Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021


Guest Editor



Prof. John Elefteriades, MD

Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven, Yale Medicine Department of Surgery, USA

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Interests: Coronary artery bypass; Genetics; Heart aneurysm; Aortic aneurysm; Thoracic



Dr. Bulat Ziganshin, MD, PhD

Department of Surgery, Section of Cardiac Surgery, Yale University, USA

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Interests: Aorta; Aneurysm; Aortic diseases; Cardiac surgery; Vascular medicine; Phlebology; Cardiovascular surgery; Aortic aneurysm; Aortic dissection; Global health


Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,


Up to the first half of the 1980s, it was considered unwise to operate on a patient with a severely impaired left ventricle (EF < 30%). Surgeons who did so were widely and severely criticized. The concerns were (1) that the risk of surgery would be extremely high, often taking the patient’s life in the process of surgery, and (2) that the patient would manifest an inexorable deterioration toward death regardless of the surgery performed. Courageous surgical efforts in that era led to the safe and commonplace performance of surgical interventions for the failing left ventricle in the present era. This Special Issue takes specific aim at the current status of surgery for patients with severely impaired left ventricles—exploring current indications, current levels of safety, and advanced surgical options.


Dr. John Elefteriades and Dr. Bulat Ziganshin

Guest Editors


Suggested chapter titles:

? Prognosis in patients with a failing left ventricle

? Medical management of the failing left ventricle 

? Historical review of conventional surgery (CABG, AVR, MVR) for the failing left ventricle: from anathema to valued therapy

? Cardiomyoplasty: Were investigative efforts terminated prematurely?

? CABG in the failing left ventricle: Indications, Cautions, Special Techniques, Results

? AVR for the failing left ventricle (aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency): Indications, Cautions, Special Techniques, Results

? Aortic root surgery in the face of a failing left ventricle 

? MVR for the failing left ventricle (mitral regurgitation): Indications, Cautions, Special Techniques, Results

? Moderate MR in the CABG candidate: Replace, repair, ignore?

? Role of the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump in Low EF Surgery: Prophylactic or Ad Hoc?

? Ambulatory Home LVAD

? PTCA for the Failing Left Ventricle

? TAVR for the Failing Left Ventricle

? Percutaneous mitral interventions in the failing left ventricle: Therapeutic or Window Dressing

? Current Short and Long-term Results of Heart Transplantation for the Failing Left Ventricle (plus, impact of circulatory resuscitation of hearts harvested 
after death)



Manuscript Submission Information 

Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://rcm.imrpress.org by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by IMR Press.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1950. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.



Keywords

Low EF; Failing left ventricle; CABG; MVR; Mechanical cardiac assistance; Heart transplantation


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Planned Papers

Title: Historical review of conventional surgery (CABG, AVR, MVR) for the failing left ventricle: from anathema to valued therapy
Author(s): Bulat Ziganshin


Title: Cardiomyoplasty: Were investigative efforts terminated prematurely?
Author(s)John Elefteriades


Title: CABG in the failing left ventricle: Indications, Cautions, Special Techniques, Results
Author(s)John Elefteriades


Title: AVR for the failing left ventricle (aortic stenosis, aortic insufficiency): Indications, Cautions, Special Techniques, Results
Author(s)John Elefteriades


Title: Role of the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump in Low EF Surgery: Prophylactic or Ad Hoc?
Author(s)John Elefteriades


Title: Ambulatory Home Wearable Lung
Author(s)Bart Griffiths


Title: Current Short and Long-term Results of Heart Transplantation for the Failing Left Ventricle
Author(s)Bart Griffiths


Title: Permanent LVAD
Author(s)Jan D. Schmitto


Title: Inter-atrial Shunts for Heart Failure
Author(s)William Abraham


Title: SGLT2 Inhibitors in Heart Failure
Author(s)Timothy Gong


Title: Importance of Right Heart Catheteriztion in Advanced Heart Failure Management
Author(s)Cesar Guerrrero-Miranda


Title: Biventricular non-blood contacting cardiac assist device
Author(s)George Letsou


Title: Safety and efficacy of less-invasive ventricular enhancement procedure with the transcatheter Revivent TCTM System in patients with left ventricular aneurysm: a systematic review
Author(s)Alexandru Burlacu


Title: Revascularization in left ventricle systolic dysfunction
Author(s)Mohammad Alkhalil


Title: Mechanical circulatory support devices in cardiogenic shock
Author(s)Mohammad Alkhalil



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Safety and efficacy of less-invasive ventricular enhancement procedure with the transcatheter Revivent TCTM system in patients with left ventricular aneurysm: a systematic review
Crischentian Brinza, Mircea Cinteza, Iolanda V. Popa, Alexandru Burlacu
Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine    2021, 22 (2): 445-452.   DOI: 10.31083/j.rcm2202050
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Left ventricular (LV) aneurysm following acute myocardial infarction (MI) represents a less common complication, but with worse clinical outcomes. Ventricular surgical reconstruction is not always the intervention of choice due to high surgical risk. There were proposed less invasive LV aneurysm exclusion techniques such as the less invasive ventricular enhancement (LIVE) procedure. Our paper represents the first systematic approach to investigate the efficacy and safety of LIVE procedure using Revivent TCTM anchor system for LV aneurysm exclusion. Studies were considered if they reported original data regarding LIVE procedure's efficacy and/or safety using the Revivent TCTM system in patients with LV aneurysms. Five studies met the inclusion criteria. The procedure is associated with a reduction in LV volumes and an improvement in LV ejection fraction (LVEF). The means of preoperative LVEF varied between 22.8% and 35.6%, while postoperative LVEF means ranged between 34% and 45.9% (P < 0.005) across studies. All included papers reported a significant difference between preoperative and postoperative LV end-systolic volume index (P ≤ 0.001) and LV end-diastolic volume index (P ≤ 0.001). Three out of four studies achieved statistical significance (P ≤ 0.001) when comparing preoperative (means range: 2.6–3.4) and postoperative (means range: 1.4–1.9) New York Heart Association (NYHA) class. One study reported a survival rate of 90.6 (95% CI, 84.6–97.0) at 12 months following the procedure. LIVE appears to be a promising and appropriate treatment strategy for a complex condition, which could extend the indication of LV aneurysm exclusion in the future.
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