Tag: heart surgery

30 Years of Heart

30 Years of Heart

Hank Mihelcic spends a lot of time working in his yard. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary until you learn that Mihelcic is 84. Even more amazing is the fact that 30 years ago, he received a new heart.
Mihelcic was the 29th adult patient to undergo a heart transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, previously

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TAVR procedure saves mail carrier’s life

TAVR procedure saves mail carrier’s life

Dyke Foster, 55, a longtime mail carrier from Assumption, Illinois, has had a problematic heart his entire life. Afflicted with a congenital heart condition, he had his first surgery at age six. In 2000, at age 41, a failing heart valve was replaced with a harvested human one. By 2014, this replacement valve was failing,

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Meet Earl Goodin, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Patient

When Earl Goodin was told he only had two years to live, he didn’t quit. He got a second opinion that changed his life. Earlier this year, Goodin, 87, needed to have his aortic valve replaced. Blood flow was so poor he wasn’t able to do much of anything. The problem is the valve was

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New Approach To Mitral Valve Surgery Offers Less Pain, Scarring

New Approach To Mitral Valve Surgery Offers Less Pain, Scarring

If you have a friend or loved one who has had open heart surgery, you may have seen the scar on their chest. To access the heart, surgeons open up the breast bone and operate.
However, Washington University cardiac surgeons at Barnes-Jewish have an alternative. A mini-thoracotomy where surgeons go through the armpit or under

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LVAD helps patients get back to life

LVAD helps patients get back to life

In a recent story in Reuters, the bionic attributes of a left ventricular assist device, or an LVAD, are discussed in terms of keeping patients alive whether a donor heart is a possibility or not.
LVAD’s are used as both an intermittent or final solution when a patient is suffering from heart disease and can

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Non-invasive surgery an option for open-heart surgery

We’ve got some good news we’d like to share with you.
A nationwide clinical study has revealed that an innovative procedure which can replace a diseased heart valve is very effective for patients who are too frail to endure open-heart surgery.
Doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and other medical instutions have

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