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Doctor insights on: Heart Surgery Pacemakers And Implantable Defibrillators

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Dr. John Landi
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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Who does an open heart surgery?

Who does an open heart surgery?

Heart surgeons: Heart surgeons are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency, and 2-3 years of cardiothoracic residency. Don't let anyone else operate on you. ...Read more

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Who performed the first open heart surgery?

Who performed the first open heart surgery?

Not enough info: Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest. The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel bypass with valve replacement and aneurysm repair. You may also be referring to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which allows surgeons to stop the heart and essentially pumps blood to the other vital organs while the heart is repaired. ...Read more

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How likely is dying from open heart surgery?

How likely is dying from open heart surgery?

Heart surgery: It depends on the type of heart surgery, the condition of the patient and the skill/results of the surgical team and support staff. In really first rate places the overall mortality across procedures can be 1% or less, tho some will have much higher and some almost none. ...Read more

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Open heart surgery--success rate if ebstein's?

Open heart surgery--success rate if ebstein's?

Depends: Ebstein's anomaly may require surgery, but as with most procedures, varies with the surgeon and institution. It is almost totally a function of volume of cases done. So look for teams with published experience since a quoted rate may not apply to the institution you're looking at for help. It's the "your mileage may vary" disclaimer. ...Read more

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Has anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Has anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Yes: Certain defects, such as transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of fallot, coarctation, hypoplastic left heart, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia, truncus arteriosus, large ventricular septal defects, and totally anomalous pulmonary venous return, among others, require heart surgery as an infant for survival. Results are generally very good. ...Read more

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Have anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Have anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Yes: Some severe forms of severe congenital heart disease are not compatible with life without surgical repair, so in some cases emergency surgery in the newborn period is unavoidable. Contrary to what you might guess, infants can recover from surgery very rapidly, usually much faster than adults. ...Read more

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When was the first open heart surgery performed?

When was the first open heart surgery performed?

Definition?: Surgery for trauma on beating hearts successful in Europe in 1890's. Multiple types of surgeries on beating heart done over next 60 years in multiple places including US. First surgery using bypass for bloodless fiels done at University of Minnesota in 1952, and started massive expansion in surgical approaches and abilities that has continued into present day. ...Read more

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What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

A few months...: It will take some time before you can get back to doing everything that you were doing before surgery. If you have the sternum cut for the surgery, the longest recovery time is for the bone to heal. For the first month we recommend no heavy lifting more than about 10 pounds. No driving. For the second month you can lift up to 25 pounds and drive. By the third month you can go skydiving. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Defibrillator (Definition)

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a ...Read more