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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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.

You've been told you need heart surgery

You’ve Been Told You Need Heart Surgery (Video)

Tags: aortic valve disease, aortic valve surgery, heart surgery, heart valve disease, heart video, minimally invasive surgery, research, video

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.

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Your Surgeon’s Skill a Key Indicator of Success

Tags: heart and vascular institute, surgery, surgery recovery

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.

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Second Heart Surgery Can Be Successful

Tags: heart, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

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.

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Beating-Heart Surgery Makes Sense – For Some

Tags: cardiology, coronary artery bypass grafting, heart surgery

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.

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For Heart Surgery, Nothing Trumps Experience

Tags: aortic valve surgery, heart surgery

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.

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Keeping You Safe During Heart Surgery

Tags: heart surgery, heart surgery questions, preparation for heart surgery

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.