When it comes to heart surgery, surgeons look to use the least invasive method to open arteries and ensure good blood flow. A hybrid procedure – one which blends grafting with stenting can be very effective.
If you need heart surgery, a blood transfusion can save your life. However, research shows that patients do better when they don't need a transfusion. Find out what you can do to lower the likelihood that you'll need one.
Inflamed tissues after heart surgery can cause discomfort, but there’s a solution. Here’s what you can do about postpericardiotomy syndrome.
Diabetes complicates coronary bypass surgery, but one type of grafting in particular maximizes outcomes for diabetic patients as it does for many others.
Modern digital imaging allows surgeons to treat previously inoperable conditions; wired operating rooms give instant access to technology during a procedure
Statistics-based risk modeling can empower you to learn more about your cardiac care. Talk with your cardiologist about treatment options and what is best for you.
After cardiac surgery, you want to be normal right away. Take time to heal, join a cardiac rehabilitation program, and your heart and body will thank you now and later.
Outcomes of heart surgery are measured to help improve programs nationwide. Risk adjustment is used, along with risk models that predict group risk versus individual risk, like low, medium or high. Learn more on how to measure your risk of heart surgery.
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.