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While the number of publications each year in cardiac anesthesia is enormous there are a select group of interesting articles highlighting controversies in current practice or new techniques, medications, procedures which may change practice down the road. The purpose of this article is to review some of these articles. While by no means a systematic review, this article highlights some of the more interesting papers from the cardiac anesthesia and surgical literature from 2007. The articles focus on areas such as: methods to reduce both cerebral dysfunction and renal dysfunction, myocardial protection inhaled volatile anesthetic agents, and methods to reduce atrial fibrillation.