EXAMINING THE COST BENEFIT OF EARLY INTERVENTION FOR SEVERE AORTIC STENOSIS

AORTIC STENOSIS IS UNDERTREATED DESPITE KNOWN CLINICAL BENEFITS The ACC/AHA Guideline mandated treatment for severe aortic stenosis (SAS) is aortic valve replacement (AVR)[1].   While over 67,000 AVRs are performed in America each year for aortic stenosis, population statistics estimate that over 500,000 people in America have severe aortic stenosis [2-4], illustrating that aortic stenosis is […]

Cardiovascular Controversies #2: On-Pump vs. Off-Pump Coronary Bypass Operations

  On-Pump vs. Off-Pump Coronary Bypass Operations “On-Pump” Surgery – Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is a technique that temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery, maintaining the circulation of blood and the oxygen content of the body. The CPB pump itself is often referred to as a “heart–lung” machine. The first […]

CARDIOVASCULAR CONTROVERSIES #1 – STENTS VS. HEART BYPASS SURGERY

Cardiovascular Controversies #1 Stents Versus Heart Bypass Surgery For Coronary Artery Disease There was a time in America when you had a heart blockage that the only option available to you was heart bypass surgery. Over the last 50 years, cardiologists have been developing techniques in which a wire mesh tube is implanted in the […]