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How can I find out which hospital in my area is best at doing heart bypasses?

How can I find out which hospital in my area is best at doing heart bypasses?

STS, PHC4 reports: In pennsylvania, there are 2 public reports available for cardiac surgery programs. The phc4 (www.Phc4.Org) is a report that all cardiac surgeons in pa must participate in. The society of thoracic surgeons maintains a voluntary, national database of cardiac surgery results. The sts recently partnered with consumer union (www.Consumerreports.Org/health) to make these ratings publicly available. ...Read more

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For a heart bypass operation, how long is an average hospital stay?

4 to 5 days: Most patients after an uncomplicated heart bypass surgery can be discharged within 5 days from the procedure.Depending on the patient's co-morbidities and other factors, including social factors, the length of stay may vary. Complications can certainly increase length of stay significantly. ...Read more

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How will the hospital prepare you for heart bypass surgery?

How will the hospital prepare you for heart bypass surgery?

Depends: Every hospital and surgeon are different. You will definitely need an angiogram to identify any blockages before surgery which is done by your cardiologist. Lab test, crossmatch blood, chest x-rays are usually needed. A lot of times an echo is done. Some like special soaps the night before surgery to reduce infection. Also special ointments in the nose. Then the paperwork like consent forms. ...Read more

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Which ny hospital has the best record for heart stent implenmentation?

Which ny hospital has the best record for heart
stent implenmentation?

No such thing: As a practicing cardiologist in the nyc area, i can answer from personal experience. At each major hospital, there are both extremely talented interventional cardiologists (those who implant stents), as well as plenty who leave much to be desired. You should not look for a specific "heart hospital", but rather a doc who others tell you can be trusted to treat each patient like his own family. ...Read more

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Best children's heart hospital in the world?

Best children's heart hospital in the world?

Depends: Ucla in los angeles, ca has the best children heart surgeon i know in dr. Laks. But other doctors surely have other recommendation. Your decision will have to take into account what the child's heart condition is and what is available to correct it. Your child's cardiologist is in the best position to recommend the heart surgeon for you. ...Read more

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I have 2 kids with lung and heart disease associated with hydrops. Any idea which doctors and hospitals are the best in usa on these subjects?

I have 2 kids with lung and heart disease associated with hydrops. Any idea which doctors and hospitals are the best in usa on these subjects?

Please, specify: Hydrops and dropsy are general terms and not used much anymore. You mention pulmonary hypertension. Your kids have pulmonary hypertension ? You mention tobacco use. I presume that you smoke, not the kidneys. Please, specify in your question the exact diagnosis of the kids and their age group and whether the disease runs in the family. ...Read more

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After being in hospital having a plurel effusion, doe to fluid in 1 lung and heart area, what would cause different types of pain in those areas?

After being in hospital having a plurel effusion, doe to fluid in 1 lung and heart area, what would cause different types of pain in those areas?

MANY possibilities: After effusions, you can have leftover inflammatory pain. You can have pain from the heart's surrounding fluid, separate from the pleural effusion (pericardial effusion). Hiatal hernias can cause pain, which can be difficult to distinguish from other causes. There is a possibility of angina if you have coronary artery disease. If your pains are get worse, see your doc, or an ER, straightaway! ...Read more

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