Minimally invasive MitraClip device speeds heart recovery
April 20, 2011
The insertion of a tiny clothespin-like device threaded through an artery to stop mitral regurgitation may be as effective in closing a leaky heart valve as open heart surgery.More...
Heart surgery method may lower stroke risk
January 27, 2011
Certain types of bypass heart surgery appear to lower the risk of stroke occurring during the operation or soon after, a study of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) patients showed.More...
Blood vessels in coronary grafts yield similar results
January 12, 2011
Arizona researchers have found that using an artery from an arm rather than a vein from a leg for an coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) has about the same outcome.More...
Cardiovascular training center developed in Houston
December 13, 2010
A national training center for surgery and treatment in cardiovascular disease is being developed at the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston.More...
Bio-coating may improve performance of medical implants
December 7, 2010
A new bio-coating for long-term medical implants such as heart valves and cardiac stents could significantly improve the performance of the devices.More...
New angioplasty method enters 'back door' of blockages
November 4, 2010
A new angioplasty method has been used successfully on patients whose coronary arteries are so clogged that opening them with conventional balloon angioplasty is nearly impossible.More...
Survival after heart bypass surgery increases significantly
August 11, 2010
From 2000 to 2006, the number of patients who died in the hospital following heart bypass surgery declined dramatically, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).More...
Patients need more information on less invasive heart procedure
August 4, 2010
The public needs more information about the benefits and risks associated with percutaneous heart valve replacement, a less invasive procedure than traditional heart surgery, a government-funded study found.More...
Smaller heart pump may reduce infections in heart patients
July 2, 2010
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have found a new version of a heart pump results in significantly fewer infections for cardiac patients.More...
Less invasive heart valve for congenital heart defects approved by FDA
January 27, 2010
A less invasive alternative to treating congenital heart defects with valve conduits has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).More...