Meeting with your surgeon before an operation to discuss informed consent has changed over the years. Find out how to be prepared for this important meeting so you go into surgery feeling comfortable.
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.
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.