Like all of your muscles, your heart needs a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood to remain healthy. But if there’s blockage in a coronary artery—a blood vessel that supplies blood to the heart—the result can be a heart attack. Even if blood flow is partially reduced, you can experience angina—episodes
Tag: 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
What causes heart attacks is the stoppage of blood flow through a coronary artery. The heart muscle that normally keeps pumping blood out to the body and the lungs becomes starved for oxygen. Without a steady supply of oxygenated blood, heart muscle tissue becomes damaged. If blood flow remains blocked
Cardiologists are calling transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) a major advance in cardiovascular medicine. TAVR allows a stiff, calcified aortic valve to be replaced from the inside of the heart in a nonsurgical procedure performed in the cath lab. The FDA has approved TAVR for the treatment of severe, symptomatic
A minimally invasive technique now available in clinical trials offers hope for patients with failing aortic valve replacements who are too frail to undergo surgery.
The procedure is known as valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (VIV TAVR). As its name implies, a new tissue valve is placed inside the failing valve
A baby aspirin confers low-risk heart-attack protection.
While aspirin may or may not prevent a first heart attack, studies have verified aspirin’s ability to prevent a second or third attack. Moreover, a baby aspirin works just fine. In studies, 75- to 81-mg aspirin was as effective as 325 mg aspirin, and
Q. My husband recently had two stents put in his heart, but there was some conversation with his doctor about whether open heart surgery should be done instead. How does a doctor decide which procedure is best?
A. Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with balloons
In the days leading up to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, heart patients typically stop taking some of their medications to prevent bleeding problems and other complications during and after the operation. Managing blood pressure-lowering drugs, blood thinners and other medications should be done with the involvement of a
Once you find out you have a heart condition, your first impulse may be to “fix” it as soon as possible. But some problems are better served by monitoring them and taking a “watchful waiting” approach to see if the problem ever progresses. If there are no symptoms and there
When Peter Tuttle started having chest pain while shoveling snow in March 2014, it wasn’t his first brush with cardiac trouble. But it would be the start of a life-altering chapter for the 54-year-old Ohio school teacher.
“I’d had chest pain before, but this was worse than I’d ever felt,” Tuttle