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Alan Hartman, MD

Heart Disease and Cardiac Surgery Procedures

Cardiac Surgery Services within North Shore-LIJ performs some of the most progressive and effective heart surgery procedures related to heart conditions such as congenital heart disease as well mitral valve prolapse and other types of heart disease:

Arterial Blockage
An arterial blockage is ultimately a buildup of plaque within the artery. This buildup inevitably affects the blood flow, bringing with it a number of symptoms that can vary, depending on the area in which the blockage has formed. Some symptoms are nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, irregular heart beat and chest pain. For more information, see our  treatments for arterial blockage.

Congenital Heart Disease
Often refers to problems with the heart's structure that are present at birth. These defects can involve the interior walls of the heart, the valves inside the heart, as well as the arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart or out to the body. Congenital heart disease defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart. For more information, see our  treatments for congenital heart disease.

Heart Disease or Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease is the main form of heart disease. It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. A heart attack happens when a coronary artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. For more information, see our  treatments for heart disease.

Valve Disease
The four heart valves make sure that blood always flows freely in a forward direction and that there is no backward leakage. Heart valve disease occurs when your heart's valves do not work the way they should. For more information, see our  treatments for valve disease.

Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral valve prolapse is the most common heart valve abnormality. The condition occurs when the value between your heart's left upper chamber (left atrium) and the left lower chamber (left ventricle) doesn't close properly. Depending on the severity of your condition, mitral valve prolapse sometimes allows leakage of blood through the valve opening, known as mitral regurgitation. When severe, mitral regurgitation can lead to heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. For more information, see our  treatments for mitral valve prolapse.

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