Yearly Archives: 2013

Robotic Surgery Facts

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a heart condition requiring heart surgery? … Continue reading

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery Southern, CA

Aortic valve surgery is done to replace the aortic valve in your heart. If an aortic valve does not close all the way or it isn’t allowing for proper blood flow, minimally invasive aortic valve surgery may be necessary. 99% of our patients who have an isolated (meaning no other heart problems) aortic valve stenosis or regurgitation can have their surgery done via minimally invasive technique. … Continue reading

da Vinci® Coronary Revascularization in California

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of death amongst both men and women in the United States.
CAD occurs when arteries that supply blood become hardened and narrowed due to cholesterol and plaque.Continue reading

Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass Surgery Los Angeles, CA

With today’s technology, there is no need to have invasive heart bypass surgery that involves “cracking” the chest and stopping the heart. Dr. Daniel Bethencourt provides patients throughout Southern California with minimally invasive cardiac procedures, including minimally invasive heart bypass surgery. … Continue reading

Comprehensive hemodynamic comparison and frequency of patient prosthesis mismatch between the St. Jude Medical epic and trifecta bioprosthetic aortic valves

Background: Prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) remains a concern after valve replacement. This study sought to evaluate the hemodynamic performance of a new low profile stented pericardial tissue bioprosthesis (Trifecta, St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN) for aortic valve replacement; compared to a widely used stented bioprosthetic pericardial valve (Epic, … Continue reading