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Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava (SVC)

Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a rare (~0.5% of the general population) venous anomaly when the left superior cardinal vein fails to degenerate. This can make entering the right heart from the...

What Is Cell Saver?

As a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, hemostasis, coagulopathy, and blood salvation are important considerations in the operations I'm involved with. Cell Saver is one technique our perfusion team routinely utilizes to facilitate blood conservation. Blood loss...

Types Of Endoleaks

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) offers many patients a minimally invasive option to address vascular pathologies like aortic aneurysm. By deploying a fabric-covered stent within the aneurysm, blood is rerouted through this conduit thereby excluding...

Looking Back At 2021

2021 has been another year filled with COVID-related issues centered around the perils of politics mixing with medicine. The omicron variant has now spread through the population and leading to some of the highest...

The Birth Of Ghost – My Windows 11 Gaming Battle Station

This is my first real computer build as an attending physician in the sense that all of the internal components and peripherals are new. Over the years, I've dabbled with everything from RGB ATX cases...

RK.md’s Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Reference Sheet

As a follow-up to my perioperative and critical care reference sheet, I've created a similar one for mechanical circulatory support (MCS). Same rules apply: This sheet doesn't constitute medical advice, and I'm NOT responsible for...

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: Ingredients And My Symptoms Afterwards

I'm thankful I was in group 1A for my hospital system's vaccine roll-out. I received my first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020 followed by my second dose exactly three...

Looking Back At 2020

2020 will be remembered for many things, but the one that most directly affected my livelihood and career has been the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned about the SARS-CoV-2 virus in early 2020 and watched...

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