New Option to Treat Mitral Valve RegurgitationMitral valve regurgitation is sometimes called mitral insufficiency or mitral incompetence. Whatever term your doctor uses, it’s describing a mitral valve that leaks, allowing blood to flow backward in your heart.
Cardiac Surgery at Deborah in 2017 and BeyondTraditional open heart surgery. Deborah Department of Surgery Chair Dr. Paul Burns says advancing technology means that “tradition” is becoming more of an exception than an expectation. Minimally invasive procedures are increasingly allowing him and his colleagues to treat cardiac issues without incisions in the chest wall or cardiopulmonary bypass machines, with far fewer surgical risks and less downtime.
A Successful, Non-Surgical Procedure for A-Fib PatientsThe majority of clots form in a pouch on the heart called the left atrial appendage. Atrial fibrillation in the upper chamber of the heart, the atrium, causes it to quiver instead of pump. So the left atrial appendage fills with blood that it can’t squeeze out, and blood clots can form there. The problem is, they don’t always stay there.
Upping Your Heart HealthMedical exams aren’t just for patients – medical science examines itself constantly, crunching data old and new, re-visiting theories and procedures to assess how well they improve a patient’s health and well-being. It can prompt discarding old theories or lead to breakthroughs… or simply confirm the effectiveness of treatment approaches.
Asthma Detection and Lung Cancer ScreeningsIn 1927, a Chicago chemist invented an early breathalyzer in which the breath moving through chemicals in water would change color. His target market wasn’t law enforcement, but housewives -- to test whether their husbands had been drinking!
KYW and Deborah Heart and Lung team up for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is painful as well as dangerous, characterized by a build-up of plaque that blocks blood flow in the arteries of the legs and feet, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching the extremities. In severe cases, it can lead to amputation.
The Latest In Diagnosing & Treating Peripheral Artery DiseaseAt the supermarket, the question can be “Paper or plastic?” Increasingly, when surgeons at Deborah Heart and Lung Center consider a stent to keep a leg artery open to treat peripheral artery disease , they ponder “Metal or bio-absorbable?” And that’s if they’ve determined a stent is needed at all, after clearing artery blockages with sophisticated atherectomy tools and stretching them with drug-coated balloons to prevent re-narrowing from an overgrowth of scar tissue.
High Blood Pressure Study Evaluates Kidney Arteries As CulpritsWhile the heart is the master pump in the body, it’s the humble kidney that is the most important to regulating blood pressure.
Learn About StereotaxisIt’s not an exaggeration to say an electrophysiologist needs nerves of steel as well as a feather-light touch: to thread a catheter through a leg artery to a precise spot of tissue in a beating human heart, to apply enough radiofrequency energy to deactivate cells causing an irregular heartbeat in a procedure called catheter ablation.
KYW’s Rasa Kaye Talks With Dr. Niya Jones About LVADs & The Heart Failure Program At DeborahKYW’s Rasa Kaye Talks With Dr. Niya Jones About LVADs & The Heart Failure Program At Deborah
New Tool For A-Fib Patients
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