In the June, 2001 issue of the Annals of Surgery, encouraging results have been reported from the first pilot study in the United States aimed at evaluating robotically-assisted coronary artery bypass surgery.
A heart transplant is surgery to remove a person’s diseased heart and replace it with a healthy heart from a deceased donor. Most heart transplants are done on patients who have end-stage heart failure
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that’s used to support heart function and blood flow in people who have weakened hearts.
Open heart surgery is any surgical procedure in which the surgeon cuts open the chest for surgery on the heart.
In minimally invasive heart surgery, heart (cardiac) surgeons perform heart surgery
A left ventricular aneurysm (LVA) is most commonly the result of myocardial infarction, usually involving the anterior wall
If one or more of your coronary arteries (the vessels that carry blood to your heart muscle) are blocked, blood can’t flow to the heart muscle
Blood is pumped through your heart in only one direction. Heart valves play a key role in this one-way blood flow, opening and closing with each heartbeat
In an aortic dissection, a small tear occurs in the tunica intima (the inside layer of the aortic wall in contact with blood)