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What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

What You Should Know About Open-Heart Surgery

The phrase open-heart surgery is often used interchangeably with “bypass surgery,” which is technically “coronary artery bypass grafting,” or CABG. But open-heart surgery can actually refer to any of several operations that require surgeons to open up the chest cavity and work directly on the heart.
Other procedures requiring open-heart

Is Your Child at Risk for Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Is Your Child at Risk for Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Up until the 1960s, anyone who developed strep throat was at an extremely high risk for rheumatic fever. It’s an affliction that can lead to rheumatic heart disease and other serious complications. But with the development of effective antibiotics to treat strep throat, rheumatic fever is far less common in

Understand the Realities of Having a Bioprosthetic Valve

If you need a new heart valve, you often have two choices: a mechanical valve or a bioprosthetic one that is either a modified valve from a pig or cow, or one that includes animal tissue in its design.
Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Two recent studies, however, have

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