Paul Stelzer, MD, Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD
Infective endocarditis (IE) represents an important challenge at many levels. This is becoming all the more pressing with the opioid epidemic, which was declared a public health emergency in 2017. The study by Yang and colleagues1 specifically addresses the impact of aortic root abscesses in a cohort of 336 consecutive adults undergoing surgery for IE. The authors' main conclusion was that despite the added complexity and risk of perioperative complications in patients with aortic root abscesses, operative outcomes were favorable. The authors should be congratulated for their excellent results in a challenging patient population. Their results raise several important points.
Professor Ajit P. Yoganathan, PhD: "From bench to bedside": Celebrating his contributions to cardiac surgery with an honorary fellowship from the American Association for Thoracic SurgeryPedro Del Nido, MD, David H. Adams, MD
Surgical and Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement in Mitral Annular Calcification: A Systematic ReviewSophia Alexis, Aaqib Malik, Ahmed El‐Eshmawi, Isaac George, Aditya Sengupta, Susheel Kodali, Rebecca Hahn, Omar Khalique, Syed Zaid, Mayra Guerrero, Vinayak Bapat, Martin Leon, David H. Adams, and Gilbert Tang
- Vincent Chauvette, MD, Maral Ouzounian, MD, Jennifer Chung, MD, Mark Peterson, MD, Munir Boodhwani, MD, Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD, François Dagenais, MD, Matthew Valdis, MD, Michael W A Chu, MD
- Vincent Chauvette, MD, Elbert E Williams, MD, Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD