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, St. Jude Medical, St. Paul. MN).

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What You Should Know about Robotic Atrial Fibrillation Surgery

Millions of Americans have atrial fibrillation, or heart rhythm disorder, and they may or may not even know about it. During atrial fibrillation, at times, the top chambers of the heart do not properly beat. The results could include blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Many people suffer from strokes since blood will pool in the atria of the heart, turn into a clot and then eventually be pumped out where it could travel to the brain.

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February is American Heart Month

“Heart disease includes conditions affecting the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Keys to prevention include quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.” – WebMD

 

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Preparing for Mitral Valve Surgery

Mitral valve surgery is a common procedure that is used to repair or replace a valve in the heart. This surgery is considered to be common and not that invasive. During the surgery which can last from a couple of hours up to four or five hours, the damaged heart valve will be replaced or repaired. This allows the heart to work more effectively.

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Minimally Invasive Treatment for Lung Cancer in Long Beach, CA

If your doctor recommends surgery to treat lung cancer, you may be a candidate for a safe, effective and minimally invasive procedure – da Vinci Surgery. The Bethencourt Group in Long Beach, CA uses the most advanced technology to provide our doctors with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control. A da Vinci Lobectomy (removal of the section of the lung containing the tumor) allows for improved access inside the chest cavity and lungs.

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