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Massage Therapy Helpful After Cardiac Surgery

Massage therapy appears to significantly reduce pain, anxiety, and muscular tension in elective cardiac surgery patients, according to an Australian analysis. Massage therapy also appeared to improve relaxation and patient satisfaction when compared with resting only. The study team noted that nurses and physiotherapists helped facilitate delivery of the treatment by the massage therapists on the ward. Abstract: Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, December...

Preoperative Aspirin & Cardiac Surgery Outcomes

Preoperative aspirin therapy appears to be associated with a significantly lower risk of major cardiocerebral complications and renal failure, according to results from a large study of patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The authors also found that preoperative aspirin was linked to shorter ICU stays and lower 30-day mortality when compared with no aspirin therapy. Abstract: Annals of Surgery, February...
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