The following articles are meant to provide background for an informed discussion with your surgeon.  If you have any additional questions, please contact us or call (949) 650-3350 to schedule a consultation.

Monday
Feb152010

Heart Overview

The heart is brilliant machine, capable of pumping blood to the entire body without interruption for a lifetime. To give a sense of the workload that is completed, one can estimate around 3 billion heartbeats in the lifetime of a 60 year old heart.

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Monday
Feb152010

Heart Valves

The valves of the heart ensure that blood flows in only one direction. There are four valves in the human heart, including the tricuspid valve, the pulmonic valve, the mitral valve, and the aortic valve, which ensure that blood flows from the body, to the lungs, and back to the body again. Please see the steps to blood flow outlined below.

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Monday
Jun102013

Patient Forms and Documents

The following forms can be downloaded prior to your visit.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 949-650-3350.

 

Monday
Dec212009

Preparing for Heart Surgery

All patients will meet with a surgeon before any scheduled operation. The surgeon will review the patient’s records and discuss the planned surgery, as well as answer any questions that the patient may have. "Informed consent" is completed before each surgery.

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Monday
Dec212009

Recovery from Open Heart Surgery

After heart surgery, the patient will be moved from the operating room to the CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) where specialized staff will closely monitor the patient. The patient remains on a monitoring system that closely evaluates the heart rate, rhythm, and vital signs.

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Monday
Dec212009

Risks of Heart and Lung Surgery

There are risks associated with all surgical procedures, and heart and lung surgery are considered major surgical operations.  Our surgeons have decades of experience and strive to minimize these risks, though risk can never be completely avoided.  It is important that each patient's risks are carefully reviewed before surgery to ensure that the potential benefits outweigh the risks.  Patients may discuss the risks of heart surgery with their cardiologist or primary care physician.  Our cardiac surgeons will also discuss all heart surgery risks before the planned operation.

 

Some of the risks associated with heart surgery include: stroke, heart attack, bleeding, infection, nerve damage, breathing problems, drug reactions, blood reactions, arrhythmias and death.  There are specific risks associated with each type of surgery, and you will discuss these risks when you meet with your surgeon prior to surgery.