Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass


Minimally Invasive Heart Bypass


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According to the American Heart Association, more than 500,000 patients undergo heart bypass surgery each year in the U.S. Now, a minimally invasive heart bypass procedure is being performed without opening the chest cavity. Background According to the American Heart Association, more than 500,000 patients undergo heart bypass surgery each year in the U.S. Now, a minimally invasive heart bypass procedure is being performed without opening the chest cavity. It's a groundbreaking advance in the surgical treatment for heart disease, without many of the common side effects. Emory University Hospital is the only hospital in Georgia to offer this option to heart patients. This video news release features a Georgia heart bypass patient who went back into the classroom to teach her sixth grade class just two-and-a-half weeks after heart surgery. Soundbites include: Dr. Thomas Vassiliades, Emory University School of Medicine cardiothoracic surgeon and Pam Burch, heart bypass patient. Patient Info This minimally invasive procedure is performed without the use of the heart/lung machine that is common in many open-chest bypass procedures. Doctors say patients tend to have better outcomes when the equipment is not used. Not all heart bypass patients are candidates for this bypass surgery, however. More Info Emory Heart and Vascular Center http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/heart-center-atlanta/


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