Heart surgery is done to correct problems with the heart. More than half a million heart surgeries are done each year in the United States for a variety of heart problems. Heart surgery is used to correct heart problems in children and adults. This article discusses heart surgeries for adults. For more information about heart surgeries for children, see the Diseases and Conditions Index articles on congenital heart defects, holes in the heart, and tetralogy of Fallot.
The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). During CABG, surgeons use healthy arteries or veins taken from another part of the body to bypass (that is, go around) blocked arteries. CABG relieves chest pain and reduces the risk of heart attack.
Ushering in a new era in comprehensive cardiac care, the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center celebrated its opening today at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Is it possible for cardiac surgery teams to completely eliminate medical errors? That's the goal of an ambitious project—called the "Flawless Operative Cardiovascular Unified Systems" (FOCUS) initiative—being undertaken by the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA).
The sporting world lost two young athletes this month to sudden cardiac death. Preliminary autopsy reports indicate that Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams, 26, and Southern Indiana center Jeron Lewis, 21, both had enlarged hearts at the time of their death.
Simbionix, the world's leading developer of medical simulation systems, introduces its new module for the ANGIO Mentor simulator, the Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement Module, which provides physicians with an opportunity to practice a revolutionary endovascular implantation of a bioprosthesis, without performing cardiac surgery.
A team of cardiac experts led by Dr. N S Devananda, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals, Bangalore (Now a Network Hospital of Fortis) has performed a major open heart surgery on a 2-year-old baby from Nigeria. Baby Brendan was suffering from congenital heart defect called - Tetralogy of Fallot or complex blue baby syndrome.
JSerra Catholic High School and Mission Hospital announced a Pre-Med Professional Magnet program designed for students interested in careers in medicine and healthcare.
Two new studies are suggesting relatively simple ways in which hospitals can prevent many post-surgical infections by killing bacteria the patients themselves bring in, according to Monday's New York Times.
Researchers at the Indiana University and Stanford University schools of medicine have determined how a "chemical chaperone" does its job in the body, which could lead to a new class of drugs to help reduce the muscle damage caused by heart attacks.
SIRIUS XM Radio today announced that it will broadcast The Dean's List: A Decade in Medicine, an in-depth special exploring the medical breakthroughs and milestones of the last ten years hosted by Dr. Andrew Brotman, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, NYU Langone Medical Center, on Doctor Radio, SIRIUS XM's 24/7 health and medical channel.
Major League Baseball slugger Aaron Boone will be featured on January's episode of Sharing Miracles - a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients. Sharing Miracles airs every week on more than 300 television stations nationwide.
The Plastic Surgery Center today announced that immediately following a rare phrenic nerve surgery to repair his paralyzed diaphragm, a 47-year-old man has reported significantly improved breathing and feels “15 years younger.” The surgery marked the second known case of successful phrenic nerve decompression, both of which were performed by a New Jersey medical team led by Dr. Matthew Kaufman of the Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
Most strokes are caused by blood clots in brain vessels. Brain cells die when deprived of blood and oxygen. But if a patient gets to the hospital in time, fast treatment often can restore blood flow and minimize damage.
MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC, a leading provider of cardiovascular technologies, today announced that it has signed a three-year single source provider contract with Novation, the industry's leading supply contracting company, for MAQUET's market-leading VASOVIEW Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH) Systems.
If you've been waiting for the day to arrive when computers actually start performing surgery, that moment might soon be upon us. A French team has developed a computerized 3D model that allows surgeons to use robotics to operate on a beating heart, according to a report in The International Journal of Robotics Research, published by SAGE.
Austin-based On-X® Life Technologies, Inc., manufacturers of the On-X® Prosthetic Heart Valve, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license with the Cleveland Clinic for a system of products intended to improve and simplify the replacement of damaged or severed mitral valve chordae.
A multidisciplinary team from the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), which is affiliated to the Universit- de Montr-al, performed its first catheter implantation of a new prosthesis (Amptlazer- Cardiac Plug) closing the appendage of the left atrium of the heart, which will have the effect of preventing the formation of blood clots and avoiding open-heart surgery.
A multidisciplinary team from the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) performed its first catheter implantation of a new prosthesis (Amptlazer(R) Cardiac Plug) closing the appendage of the left atrium of the heart, which will have the effect of preventing the formation of blood clots and avoiding open-heart surgery. This is excellent news for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, affecting at least 5% of Canadians over the age of 70.
MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC, a leading provider of cardiovascular technologies, announced today that it has signed a guaranteed two-year contract with Novation, one of the nation's largest group purchasing organizations, to be the sole source provider of surgical devices for beating heart cardiac surgery.
CardiacAssist Inc. announced today that the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) has adopted the company’s TandemHeart® System.
Pfizer Inc announced it has submitted pediatric data for Lipitor® (atorvastatin) to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). Pfizer has also developed a new chewable form of Lipitor, including a pediatric-appropriate 5 mg dose, which is part of this submission.