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Beef Up Your Heart

Technique Beefs Up Your Heart’s Pumping Power

Tags: cardiac resynchronization therapy, CRT, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure, heart failure therapy, heart health, heart rhythm, heart surgery, pacemaker

When an electrical malfunction causes the heart to lose pumping power, cardiac resynchronization therapy can put the heart’s contractions back on track.


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Doctors Combine 2 Heart Procedures for Positive Results

Tags: afib, congestive heart failure, heart surgery, mitral valve disease, mitral valve prolapse, mitral valve repair, mitral valve surgery

In the largest study of its kind, researchers find both a leaky mitral valve and AFib can be addressed successfully during the same surgery.


Facts about TAVR

When Valve Surgery Is Not an Option, Think TAVR

Tags: aortic stenosis, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, heart valve disease, percutaneous heart valve, stents, TAVR

TAVR is a growing option for patients with aortic stenosis who need a new valve, but are considered too high risk for surgery. See how it works.


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Are You Having Heart Surgery? Here’s What You Can Expect

Tags: heart surgery, heart surgery questions, post-surgery recovery, pre-surgery health, surgery

Knowing what to expect before and after heart surgery can ease anxiety and smooth your recovery. A cardiac nurse practitioner answers FAQs.


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The Future is Here: Robot-Assisted Heart Surgery (Video)

Tags: dr. gillinov, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, heart video, minimally invasive surgery, mitral valve repair, robotic surgery, videos

Surgery to repair your heart’s mitral valve just got a lot easier, thanks to new robot-assisted techniques. This minimally invasive approach means smaller incisions, less pain and quicker recovery times. What’s not to like?


Why Statins may offer treatment benefits for your Aortic Aneurysm

Why Statins May Offer Treatment Benefits for Your Aortic Aneurysm

Tags: aneurysms, aortic aneurysm, coronary artery disease, Dr. Clair, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery, statins

While the benefits of statin use in people with aortic aneurysm disease are not clearly proven, some evidence supports its use. Read further to find out more. It may be worth a discussion with your doctor.


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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.