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From Failing Heart to Transplant: The Hartz of Shelly Artz

Tags: exercise, heart failure, heart surgery, heart transplant, patient story

Shelly Artz received a heart transplant, and unfortunately, the heart that he had received was failing. Within 24 hours he was given a second chance, and Shelly received a healthy heart.

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Gut Flora Linked to Heart Disease

Tags: coronary artery disease, diet, prevention, risk factors

Lecithin is everywhere. A somewhat necessary dietary fat, lecithin is a natural part of a diet that includes meat, cheese and other animal products. Lecithin is also found in most multi-vitamins, including children’s vitamins. It’s added to many baked and processed foods. But that may soon change.

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Poor Fare Worse after Cardiac Surgery

Tags: heart surgery

A study of patients who had cardiac surgery at Cleveland Clinic showed that patients who had lower socioeconomic status as reflected in factors such as low income, poor education and inadequate housing were significantly more likely to die during the first 10 years after surgery.

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Atrial Fibrillation Genes Identified

Tags: abnormal heart beat, atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is associated with a 1 1/2 to twofold increase in cardiovascular and overall mortality and a five to sevenfold increase in stroke.

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Stroke Used to be a Big Problem after CABG

Tags: bypass surgery, CABG, coronary artery disease, Dr. Joseph Sabik, heart surgery

Back in 1988, as many as 2.6% of patients having a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) suffered a stroke associated with the operation.

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Wearable CD as Good as Implantable

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, ICD

Wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCD) are used by patients who have a previous condition (like a heart transplant) that makes them ineligible for implantable cardioverters.

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Valve Replacement from the Inside

Tags: heart surgery, Valve Disease, valve surgery

Most patients who have the narrowing of the aortic valve known as aortic stenosis should have their valves replaced or repaired in the usual way: through an incision in the chest.