Have you or a family member been told your heart is not working like it should? Maybe you have been to see a cardiologist for a heart evaluation and given option for changing lifestyle habits or having heart surgery. It might be helpful to get another patient's heart care perspective. Read these stories from the heart:
Minimally invasive procedure helps Mike Sandor’s heart keep the beat
In the past, repairing a heart valve would have required open heart surgery. But Dr. Carmody told Mike that he was a good candidate for a minimally invasive heart surgery. Instead of a foot-long incision through the middle of his chest, Mike would need just a 2.5-inch incision between two ribs. That location allows surgeons to access the heart without splitting the breastbone. The result: less pain for most patients, and a much quicker recovery. Read more...
Barbara Vinck gets back to life after heart surgery
Barbara had a procedure known as coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG, in which healthy blood vessels are taken from the leg and chest and used to bypass the blocked areas to improve blood flow to the heart. Barbara says she was not fazed by the prospect of having major heart surgery, and she trusted in her cardiovascular surgery team.