Fellow of New Westminster College

Category: Heart Surgeon

Officially appointed as a Fellow of New Westminster College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Percutaneous repair versus surgery for mitral regurgitation

Category: Heart Surgeon

The authors of this article sought to evaluate 4–year outcomes of percutaneous repair versus surgery for mitral regurgitation. Patients treated with percutaneous repair of the mitral valve more commonly required surgery to treat residual Mitral Regurgitation (MR); however, after the first year of follow–up, there were few surgeries required after either percutaneous or surgical treatment and no difference in the prevalence of moderate–severe and severe MR or mortality at four years.

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Top 10 Vegetarian Sources Of Protein

Category: Healthy Living

One of the most common myths about the vegetarian diet is that after ditching meat it becomes nearly impossible to meet the suggested guidelines for protein intake.

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Mediterranean Diet Study

Category: Articles

Mediterranean Diet Study

For many years, there has been discussion about this low-fat diet and whether it had a meaningful clinical impact.

“We now have dietary evidence that is fairly compelling. The absolute size reduction was not large, but the fact that the Mediterranean diets tested in this trial had such a positive impact gives us some anchoring about a diet that does lower critical cardiovascular endpoints.” – Eric J. Topol, MD

At one point, the Mediterranean diet was very much supported by the American Heart Association and other organizations. Now we see that it appears to be superior. The trial has had criticism, particularly honing in on the low-fat control arm of the study, but nonetheless, the evidence is compelling.

sourced from Medscape Cardiology News: read the full article here

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Mitral Valve Surgery

Mitral valve surgery is actually a very common procedure that is used to repair or replace a certain valve in the heart which is damaged. However common it may be, it is vital that you understand what you will be going through and what to expect. Talk to your doctor and don’t be afraid to ask anything questions. Here are some questions that you will need the answers to before you undergo the procedure.

How Long Have You Been Performing Mitral Valve Surgery?

For peace of mind, you’ll want to know how long your surgeon has been doing this procedure. You will also want to ask the doctor how often he or she does this surgery each year. Usually a mitral valve surgeon will do between 20 and 30 of these procedures each year.

Why Do I Need the Mitral Valve Surgery?

Of course you need to understand why you need the surgery in the first place. There are a number of reasons why you may have damage to the heart valve, such as infection, Barlow’s Disease, Rheumatic Disease, and others. You need to understand why you have damage and then discuss with your doctor whether or not the surgery will completely repair the problem or if you will continue to have issues.

What Type of Incision Will You Use?

There are different ways a surgeon can go about reaching the heart for the repair. Different surgeons use different methods. Some of them are more invasive than others and some will leave varying amounts of scarring. You will need to discuss with your doctor what type of incision they are suggesting and whether or not it is the best option for you.

How Long Will the Surgery Take?

Mitral valve repair or replacement usually takes between two and five hours depending on how the surgeon performs the procedure and how extensive the damage to your valve may be. You should know how long you will be under anesthesia before you undergo the procedure.

What Will My Recovery be Like?

You will need to expect between six weeks and three months for complete recovery from the surgery. You need to discuss your recovery with your doctor, including how long you will be in the hospital and how long you will be bedridden at home.

Even if it is considered minimally invasive, mitral valve surgery is an operation. Be sure to get all of your questions answered before you undergo the procedure.


Heart Health from A to Z: Dr. Renata Ford is Featured Speaker

Category: Events

heart health from A to Z

I am giving a lecture about health, prevention and reversal of heart and other diseases this week.

Your Healthy Heart: From A to Z
Category Classes & Events
Location: CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center Private Dining Room
Start Date 02/12/2013
Event Duration 1-1/2 Hours
Start Time: 05:30 pm
End Time: 7:00 pm
Day of the Week: Tuesday

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center is proud to present a FREE educational seminar on heart health.

Maximum Attendees 26
Contact Information 877.250.3627


Hybrid Coronary Revascularization Using Robotic Totally Endoscopic Surgery

Category: Articles

Background: Hybrid coronary revascularization combines minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting and catheter-based interventions. This treatment option represents a viable alternative to both open multivessel coronary bypass surgery through sternotomy and multivessel percutaneous coronary intervention.

Methods: From 2001 to 2011, 226 patients (age, 61 years [range, 31 to 90 years]; 77.0% male; EuroSCORE, 2 [range, 0 to 13]) underwent hybrid coronary interventions on an intention-to-treat basis. Robotically assisted procedures were performed using the daVinci, daVinci S, and daVinci Si surgical telemanipulation systems (Intuitive Surgical, Inc, Sunnyvale, CA) and included 147 single, 72 double, and 7 triple endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. Surgery was carried out first in 160 cases.

Results: Hospital mortality was 3 of 226 patients (1.3%), and hospital stay averaged 6 days (range, 3 to 54 days). Patients walked outside 7 days (range, 3 to 97 days) postoperatively and performed general household work 14 days (range, 7 to 180 days) postoperatively. Full activity was resumed at 42 days (range, 7 to 720 days). Five-year survival was 92.9%, and 5-year freedom from major adverse cardiac and cerebral events was 75.2%. At 5 years, 2.7% of bypass grafts and 14.2% of percutaneous coronary intervention targets needed reintervention.

Conclusions: Robotically assisted hybrid coronary intervention enables surgical treatment of multivessel coronary artery disease with minimal trauma. Perioperative results and intermediate-term outcomes meet the standards of open coronary artery bypass grafting. Recovery time is short, and reintervention rates are acceptable.

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Dr. Renata Ford Brings Robotic Cardiac Surgery to San Antonio

Category: Robotic Surgery

Using the most advanced technology available, da Vinci Surgery provides Dr. Renata Ford with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Because your doctor performs da Vinci Surgery through a few tiny incisions between the ribs, splitting your breastbone and ribcage is avoided. The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons and their patients with a minimally invasive treatment option – often even for complex cases.

The da Vinci S Surgical System

Compared to traditional open surgery,minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery provides the following potential benefits to cardiac patients:

  • Lower risk of major cardiac event during first year after surgery
  • Less blood loss and need for blood transfusions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

To learn more, check out our section on [da Vinci Surgery].


First robotic lung surgery in Tampa Bay performed at Moffitt Cancer Center

Category: Heart Surgeon

First robotic lung surgery in Tampa Bay performed at Moffitt Cancer Center

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Ex-smoker breathes easier after robotic surgery

Category: Heart Surgeon

Ex-smoker breathes easier after robotic surgery

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