Sandhu highlighted as the featured article for adult cardiac articles in JTCVS

Proximal Aortic Repair Groups

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Harleen Sandhu, MD, MPH Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Research and Development with the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School, has recently been featured in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (JTCVS), highlighted as the featured article for adult cardiac articles.  In the latest issue of the JTCVS, developed by the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, her paper, “Impact of redo sternotomy on proximal aortic repair: Does previous aortic repair affect outcomes?” reviewed our experience with proximal aortic repair (AoR) in the setting of previous sternotomy, and how this may be associated with greater risk than primary repair.

Her work, written in collaboration with Akiko Tanaka MD PhD, Syed Taha Zaidi BS, Alexa Perlick BS, Charles C. Miller III PhD, Anthony Estrera MD, and Hazim Safi MD, analyzed data from 1991 to 2014 and concluded that, “Redo sternotomy is associated with increased risk for short- and long-term mortality after proximal aortic repair. Despite need for extensive repair, previous proximal aortic (for aneurysm or AAD) repair did not add further risk above that attributable to redo sternotomy.”

Sandhu’s full paper and additional details about her work including methods, results, and outcomes are available on the AATS website for JTCVS subscribers.