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Do You Need a Heart-Lung Machine for Your Heart Surgery?

Tags: Dr. Joseph Sabik, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, heart-lung machine, neurocognitive

There has been a lot of talk about whether it is better to be on or off a heart-lung machine during heart procedures. Learn about both options and how each is selected on a patient by patient basis.


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Mitral Valve Repair Offers a Fix Before Your Symptoms Start

Tags: atrial fibrillation, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, heart surgery, mitral valve regurgitation, mitral valve surgery, preventive medicine

Mitral valve surgery used to be done only after symptoms developed, but a Cleveland Clinic study found pre-symptom surgery may be better for patients.


Aortic Aneurysm

Repairing Your Aortic Root Aneurysms

Tags: aneurysms, aortic aneurysm repair, aortic root aneurysm, david reimplantation procedure, Dr. Lars Svensson, endocarditis, heart, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, marfan syndrome, strokes

Experienced surgeons using modern techniques make repairing a bulge, or aneurysm, right above the aortic valve a safe, durable procedure. Learn how they do it.


PCI vs. CABG

Having Heart Surgery? Understand These 2 Techniques to Open Arterial Blockages

Tags: blocked arteries, CABG, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), coronary disease, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, PCI, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

If you have arterial blockages, here's what you need to know about Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) versus full-blown surgery – or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).


Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Age Shouldn’t Solely Dictate Your Heart Care Decisions

Tags: angina, elderly patients, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart attack, heart disease, heart health, heart surgery, percutaneous intervention, stenting

While many physicians are hesitant to perform aggressive treatment procedures on older patients, one study finds that many healthy older patients can achieve good outcomes undergoing heart procedures.


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?