Scot C. Schultz, MD
McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates
16 APRIL 2018
Think you might be facing heart valve surgery – or know someone who is? Learn what to expect in this overview.
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Our heart has four valves, basically tissue flaps that ensure the blood keeps flowing in the correct direction. When these valves start to leak, you may experience symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath and swollen feet.
Operations to repair or replace heart valves have traditionally involved a long incision in the chest to get to the heart, followed by a lengthy hospital stay.
The flow of blood in your heart is controlled by four important valves. McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Robert Messier, MD, PhD, explains what can be done if those valves won’t close properly or they develop a build up with calcium and lose their flexibility.
Heart disease is part of growing older,” says McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgeon Robert Messier, MD. “Many people ignore the signs, because we don’t want to face growing older. Yet, the signs of heart disease indicate a need to seek help immediately.
When your blood pressure is too high, the power of blood rushing like a roaring river can weaken your arteries from the inside.
Pacemakers – about the size of three stacked 50-cent pieces — have played a key role in helping people with irregular heart rhythms lead a normal life. Now there’s a new pacemaker the size of a vitamin capsule
The nature of venous disease stretches from minor cosmetic problems to major debilitating pain and discomfort to chronic wounds that don’t heal for many months, sometimes years, due to a failure of the veins to drain blood from the feet and legs back to the heart. Depending on the symptoms’ severity and the cause of the symptoms, different treatments are warranted.