Is Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Right for You?

Is Minimally Invasive Surgery Right for You? The advent of minimally invasive surgical techniques has arguably been the most significant development in surgical practice since anesthesia.  By developing technology that allows surgeons to perform intricate surgical procedures through smaller and smaller incisions, surgeons have provided their patients with faster recovery times, reduced perioperative pain to […]

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair / Replacement

  Surgical treatment for mitral valve disease includes either repairing the patient’s diseased valve or replacing it with a metal, mechanical valve or an animal tissue valve.  Mitral valve surgery was first performed in 1960, when surgeons replaced the diseased, native valve with an artificial valve.  For the next 20 years, replacement with a metal […]

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Mitral valve prolapse is the most commonly diagnosed heart valve abnormality, affecting five to ten percent of the world population.  A normal mitral valve consists of two thin leaflets, located between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart.  In patients with mitral valve prolapse, the mitral valve becomes affected by a process called […]

Fast Facts: Gender And Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month and it’s a great time of year to re-evaluate your diet and lifestyle so you can live a heart-healthy existence. You may be surprised to learn that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It kills an estimated 630,000 […]

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): Changing the paradigm for the treatment of aortic stenosis

One of the latest treatment options for aortic valve replacement surgery is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgery.  TAVR involves fixing a valve that has become “stenotic” (blocked) by using catheters and wires to place an artificial valve inside of the diseased valve.  At present, there is only one TAVR device commercially available, in the […]

UNDERSTANDING YOUR HEART CATH: A GLOSSARY OF ANGIOGRAPHIC TERMS FOR THE NOVICE

The language of medicine is oftentimes more difficult to understand than a foreign language.  At BestHeartInfo.com we understand how important it is for patients and their families to be able to communicate with their healthcare providers to gain a better understanding of their medical issues.   We have had many requests for a primer on the […]

What’s New in Structural Heart Disease Treatment?

Structural heart disease may be congenital (present from birth), may occur as a result of an infection in the heart (endocarditis), from damage during a heart attack (post-infarction), or because of heart valve disease that progresses with age(most commonly aortic stenosis or mitral regurgitation).  Heart valve problems such as valve leaking(regurgitation) and valve stiffening(stenosis), if […]

Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR)-Which Valve is Right For You?

Having an Aortic Valve Replacement: Which Replacement Heart Valve is Right for You? There are many factors which go into the consideration of which heart valve is right for you when you are faced with heart valve replacement.  Age, lifestyle, occupation, general health and support systems all play significant roles in determining which valve to […]