If three of your coronary arteries or your left main coronary artery are diseased, you’re better off with bypass surgery than with angioplasty and stenting. That’s what a 2017 study reveals. A Cleveland Clinic study author explains why.
Our research confirms what we have observed in our patients: BITA grafting and complete restoration in blood flow improve surgical outcomes for our heart patients who also have diabetes.
Drug-coated balloons are the newest way to treat peripheral artery disease. Research shows they’re more effective than regular balloon angioplasty. But how do they compare to stents and other treatment options?
A federal panel has issued a new recommendation that some people who have never had heart disease should take a low dose of aspirin every day. But following this advice has potential risks.
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If you have diabetes and need treatment for chronic static angina — the kind that causes chest pain from exertion — you should know about new national guidelines for treatment. The new guidelines advise doctors on the best ways to open coronary blockages in people with diabetes and were released by the American College of … Read More
Recovering from heart surgery was a recent blog entry. A patient wrote in to provide her own advice on the topic—it’s especially geared for women. Here is what she writes… I had open heart surgery a year ago… to repair a valve… I came up with a few tips especially for women to know before … Read More
Prior to heart surgery, the operating room is buzzing with activity as surgical staff prepares. Each team member in the room is critical to the procedure. The perfusionist has a particularly unique role and one that many may not know. They prepare and manage the heart lung machine which acts as the person’s heart and … Read More
Back in 1988, as many as 2.6% of patients having a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) suffered a stroke associated with the operation. In those days, the criteria for who was eligible for bypass were stricter than it is today. Today, surgeons operate on older and sicker patients than ever. Yet the incidence of stroke … Read More