Methodist Journal

IN THIS ISSUE

Adult Congenital Heart Update

Vol 15, Issue 2 (2019)


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ISSUE INTRO

The Growing Number of Adults Surviving with Congenital Heart Disease

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RECOGNITIONS

Drs. MacGillivray and Lin Take the Lead in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Advanced Cardiac Imaging for Complex Adult Congenital Heart Diseases

149 Fontan Conversions

Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery

Pulmonary Valve Replacement for Tetralogy of Fallot

Management of the Adult with Arterial Switch

Ebstein’s Anomaly

Heart Transplantation in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Cholesterol: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It

CASE REPORTS See More

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

Device-Related Thrombus: A Reason for Concern?

Retained Coronary Balloon Requiring Emergent Open Surgical Retrieval: An Uncommon Complication Requiring Individualized Management Strategies

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do I Look Fat in This? Multimodality Imaging Findings of a Cardiac Lipoma

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

POINTS TO REMEMBER

The Kidney in Congenital Cyanotic Heart Disease

EXCERPTA

Talking Statins with Antonio Gotto

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Lipids and Renal Disease

EXCERPTA

Addressing the Feedback Loop Between Depression, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 13, Issue 4 (2017)

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EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor

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Fuller C. Letter to the Editor. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2017;13(4):260.

doi: 10.14797/mdcj-13-4-260

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Michael DeBakey , history

Jerry Lewis sent Dr. Michael DeBakey this signed photograph of the two of them. Reprinted with permission from William L. Winters Jr., M.D.

Now in the twilight of my cardiovascular career, which began in 1978 as a cardiology fellow at The Methodist Hospital with Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, I fondly remember a story that brings a smile to my face. The recent death of Jerry Lewis reminded me of the event and prompted me to share this.

During the first 3 months of a 2-year fellowship with the DeBakey cardiology consult service, I was responsible for making daily rounds on Dr. DeBakey’s patients. I was honored and humbled by the privilege of working and training at such an esteemed institutionThe Methodist Hospital. Early on Labor Day, I entered the room of a 60-year-old woman who was a few days out from multivessel bypass grafting, which had gone well. The TV was on in the background and broadcasting the annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon.

Although the patient was polite and pleasant, I sensed she was disappointed that her respected surgeon was not the one who had entered her room. Earlier I had been told that Dr. DeBakey would not be in that day. She asked me directly, “Why isn’t Dr. DeBakey with you?”

I froze for a split second, and without much further thought, I responded with an effort to cover for the famous surgeon: I believe he is in surgery and will probably be there most of the day.

At precisely the moment I finished the sentence, we both heard Jerry Lewis exclaim on TV, “…and now it is my pleasure to welcome my good friend and the talented world-class surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey!”

Fortunately she laughed, as she understood I was just a good soldier covering for the general.

— Colin Fuller, M.D., F.A.C.C.

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