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Heart to Heart Mission

For more than 20 years, the IPA has performed life-saving heart surgery on over 400 patients in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

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Honduras Mission

The IPA is working with Duke to expand their heart surgery mission program in Honduras. We have a mission trip planned for mid-May. Stay tuned for more information.

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Your Mission Trip

The IPA will gladly make donations to qualified charitable organizations who perform cardiac surgery mission work for patients in need.

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Help Mend a Heart!

Every member of our team is an unpaid volunteer, so please take comfort in knowing that 100% of all donated funds go directly to patient care. Your generosity is so very welcome and will help save lives!

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Liver Bypass

Venovenous Bypass in Liver Transplantation: Exploring the Benefits, Efficacy, and Safety

This article explores the utilization of venovenous bypass (VVB) in liver transplantation (LT), highlighting its benefits, efficacy, and safety. Although VVB helps maintain hemodynamic stability and improve patient outcomes, its global use has declined due to concerns about heparinization, major bleeding, and the need for specialized expertise. Recent advancements in percutaneous cannulation techniques and extracorporeal technology have enhanced the safety of VVB. Studies show that VVB reduces the incidence of acute kidney injury, operative time, and blood loss without increasing morbidity or mortality. Despite these benefits, alternative techniques are being increasingly adopted. The article emphasizes the role of VVB in complex clinical scenarios and calls for continued research to optimize its application in liver transplantation.

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AI TEE

Continuous Monitoring of Left Ventricular Function in Postoperative Intensive Care Patients Using Artificial Intelligence and Transesophageal Echocardiography

This study explores the efficacy of using artificial intelligence (autoMAPSE) with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to continuously monitor left ventricular (LV) function in postoperative intensive care patients. The prospective observational study involved 50 patients, monitored for 120 minutes post-cardiac surgery. Results showed that autoMAPSE provided precise, low-bias, and concordant measurements compared to manual methods, demonstrating excellent feasibility and trending ability.

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Kidney Protection

A Randomized Trial of Intravenous Amino Acids for Kidney Protection

This study investigated the efficacy of intravenous amino acids in reducing acute kidney injury (AKI) in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. A total of 3511 patients were randomized to receive either amino acids or a placebo. Results showed a significant reduction in AKI occurrence in the amino acid group (26.9%) compared to the placebo group (31.7%), with a relative risk of 0.85. The severity of AKI and the need for kidney-replacement therapy were also lower in the amino acid group. No major differences in other secondary outcomes or adverse events were observed.

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