February 15th, 2010

A New Approach To Open Heart Surgery

By Kelley Luckstein

Open heart surgery generally conjures up images of a long, painful, rib-splitting slice down the middle of the chest. But doctors at the Mayo Clinic are hoping to change that. Heavy lifting goes with the territory for Teresa Van Hauer…

 

However, a failing heart valve threatened to close all her accounts. "And when that happens, it is, literally, you're just toast," she said…

 

"So the aortic valve is a very high-pressure valve. And as such it must tolerate a substantial amount of back pressure, and as such, takes a lot of wear and tear in the body," said Dr. Rakesh M. Suri, a heart surgeon at the Mayo Clinic.

 

WCCO, by Dennis Douda, 2/10/2010

Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Rakesh Suri, open-heart surgery

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