Heart Bypass Surgery

Heart Surgery: Is it Really Necessary & Secrets for the Best Outcome

…may prefer angioplasty-stents over open heart surgery, but I disagree when more than one or two stents are required. Surgical patients fare better than stented patients in both the short and long term, especially those who are diabetic. Even multiple bypasses are better than multiple stents. However…

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When It Comes to Heart Issues, Men Can Feel Emotional

…insightful words. Yes, when you have heart surgery, whether it’s a new valve or a bypass, someone reaches in and touches your heart. In that rich experience of human contact—a pair of hands trying to heal a stilled heart—there can be a profound shift. Some hearts are healed on more than just a physical…

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure. It offers hope to those with advanced coronary artery disease who can’t undergo bypass surgery. Here's how it works... The physiology of EECP is similar to that of the intra-aortic balloon pump…

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Can The Right Nutritional Supplements Keep You Off the Cardiac Ward?

…recommending nutritional supplements. But after a heart attack and bypass surgery, he woke up and joined the more than 50% of Americans who take dietary supplements. Now, a new study shows that nutritional supplements are not only good for your heart health, but your wallet as well. In a study published…

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Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…you’ve already had a heart attack or have a history of cardiovascular disease—is just plain good medicine. I regularly advocate aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases,…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…amputations * Pregnancy or immediately following cardiac catheterization or bypass surgery After two prior coronary artery bypass surgeries, “Ben” wasn’t a candidate for a third, despite his problems with angina and congestive heart failure. At the end of the road in terms of traditional treatments, I…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

…remember, the heart is a muscle too); • Increases your muscle mass; and • Enhances your endurance for physical activity. Even in our hospital-based, medically supervised cardiac rehab program—where we supervised people recovering from heart attack and strokes, as well as bypass surgery—free…

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