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Heart surgeries, also known as cardiac or cardiothoracic surgery, include many different types of surgical procedures to correct various conditions and damage caused by disease, heart attack, and strokes. Procedures designed to widen narrowed arteries, or pacemakers that are used to help control abnormal heart rhythms as well as procedures that help to insure adequate supply of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle all fall under the scope of cardiac surgery.
 
COMMON CARDIAC SURGERY PROCEDURES
 
» Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
» Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
» Angioplasty Procedure
» Pacemaker Procedures
» Heart Transplantation
 
EXAMPLES OF HEART SURGERY PROCEDURES AND TREATMENTS
 
When discussing any type of cardiac surgery or heart surgery process, it should be understood that each individual offers unique circumstances or conditions that may present slightly different complications or the use of specific procedural techniques. The overviews offered within this article for different types of cardiac or heart surgery procedures and surgeries are basic guidelines that will help to describe the common methods used and employed for various types of procedures.
 
HEART VALVE SURGERY
 
Heart valve surgery is a procedure that repairs or replaces diseased or malfunctioning heart valves. People with disease complications that destroy or distort valves in the heart are candidates for this type of surgery. Advancements in techniques and mechanical heart valves have made this type of procedure one of the most common in the areas of cardiac treatments. Diagnostic testing allows a cardiologist to determine the extent of valve damage as well as its precise location within the heart muscle. There are several different types of heart valve replacement surgery processes, including procedures that repair damaged heart valves as well as replace them. In most cases, mechanical or prosthetic heart valves are used to replace faulty valves.
 

 

 

 


HEART TRANSPLANTATION
 
Heart transplantation is a procedure that replaces the entire heart muscle. Typically used as a last resort medical procedure, a healthy heart is donated by someone recently deceased. The procedure requires precise timing to ensure that the donor heart tissues remain healthy prior to transplantation. The heart transplant candidate will be evaluated for suitability depending on other bodily system evaluations and health factors.
 
BENEFITS OF CARDIAC OF HEART SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES
 
Because healthy cardiac health is vital for life, the benefits of heart surgeries and procedures to help restore optimal function of all aspects of the heart muscle are endless. However, as with any type of surgery, there are risks involved, and cardiac surgery options and procedures need to be carefully evaluated by both patient and physician to determine the most optimal prognosis.
Anyone suffering from clogged or blocked arteries, irregular heartbeats or conditions that lead to damage of the heart muscle or blood flow to or from the heart will benefit from various heart procedures, treatments or surgical procedures.
 
FINDING A HEART SURGEON
 
A heart surgeon must meet basic requirements and training for certification in various cardiac fields and techniques, as well as specialties. A cardiac surgery resident may stand anywhere from five to ten years training to become a fully qualified surgeon in cardiac surgery and procedures. Cardio thoracic surgeons typically complete a five-year general surgery residency, followed by two to three years of specialization in cardiothoracic surgeries. Various licensing boards that certify surgeons in cardiac surgery as well as subspecialties differ per country of origin. When looking for qualified cardiac surgeons in any country, look to national and state-wide boards, associations, and memberships in specific cardiovascular specialties.
 

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