Infections following cardiac surgery don’t have to occur when you and your doctor team up to prevent them. Antibiotics, safe hair removal, plus your weight and diabetes control help before surgery.
When you need heart surgery, do your homework to identify the right hospital and heart surgeon for you. Advance planning gives you tools to set a productive initial meeting and discuss your next options.
At Cleveland Clinic, we know our surgeons’ skills and experience -- inside and outside the operating room -- are important to our patients’ ability to recover speedily from surgery. A recent study supports that perspective.
Valve repairs and coronary artery bypasses can fail over time and require another surgery. In these complicated cases, it’s best to get a second opinion from a high-volume surgery center.
Open-heart surgery today is safe, almost routine, but a technique called beating heart surgery has proponents and detractors engaged in active debate. Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, offers a common-sense analysis.
Cleveland Clinic's heart and vascular surgical team wins top rating. The Chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery discusses the rewards of handling a high volume of complex cases.
The success of any cardiac surgery hinges on the cooperative effort of the surgical and support team. Patient safety is a critical topic and one that should not be taken lightly.
Experience shows that early intervention in mitral valve disease yields the best outcomes for patients. Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, discusses the best options.
Want to lower heart surgery risks? Look in the mirror. These days, It's more about your health rather than the type of surgery done. Lower your risk factors by following these basic steps.
Heart surgeon Joseph Sabik, MD provides his advice to diabetics: Keep blood sugar levels within normal ranges.