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Joseph F. Sabik III, MD

Joseph F. Sabik III, MD

Joseph F. Sabik III, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Training Program at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Sabik lectures frequently at national and international conferences on the latest innovations in heart disease management and cardiac surgery.

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Hybrid Bypass Could One Day Replace Your Open Chest Surgery

Tags: bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, Dr. Joseph Sabik, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, Hybrid procedures

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.


Blood Transfusion

4 Best Ways to Avoid Blood Transfusions During Your Heart Surgery

Tags: anemic, blood transfusion, Dr. Sabik, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery

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.


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After Heart Surgery, This Ordinary Drug Could Be Right for Your Chest Pain

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, NSAIDs, postpericardiotomy syndrome, pps, surgical trama

Inflamed tissues after heart surgery can cause discomfort, but there’s a solution. Here’s what you can do about postpericardiotomy syndrome.


The Best Bypass Surgery Option

The Best Bypass Surgery Option for Diabetic Patients

Tags: bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

Diabetes complicates coronary bypass surgery, but one type of grafting in particular maximizes outcomes for diabetic patients as it does for many others.


Technology provides new set of eyes for your heart surgery

How Modern Imaging Technology Enhances Your Heart Surgery

Tags: digital imaging, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, innovation, minimally invasive surgery, modern technology

Modern digital imaging allows surgeons to treat previously inoperable conditions; wired operating rooms give instant access to technology during a procedure


Risk Modeling

Data Analysis Helps Tailor Your Heart Disease Treatment

Tags: coronary artery disease, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, research, risk modeling

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.


How to make the most of your preadmission appointment

Surgery Scheduled? How to Make the Most of Your Preadmission Appointment

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, informed consent, preadmission, risks and benefits, surgery

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.


What's next after cardiac surgery?

Returning to Normal Activities After Your Heart Surgery (Video)

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, heart videos, post-surgery recovery, rehabilitation, video

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.


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How to Measure Your Heart Surgery Risk (Video)

Tags: heart disease, heart surgery, heart videos, prevention, risk factors, video

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.


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How to Prevent Cardiac Surgical Wound Infections (Video)

Tags: Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery, heart video, prevention, risk factors, surgery wounds, surgical site infections, videos

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.