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Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease For Dummies, 3rd Edition by James M. Rippe

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Chapter 13

The 411 on Invasive and Surgical Procedures

In This Chapter

arrow Opening blocked arteries with percutaneous coronary interventions

arrow Exploring several types of heart bypass surgery

arrow Understanding heart valve surgery

arrow Using electrophysiology to treat rhythm problems

arrow Checking out other types of surgery

Although many people with heart disease manage their conditions with lifestyle modifications and drug therapy, many other problems ranging from blocked coronary arteries to heart valve failures require minimally invasive medical procedures or surgery to restore higher heart function and quality of life for the patient. In this chapter, I discuss medical and surgical procedures commonly used to treat atherosclerotic narrowing and blockage of coronary arteries, heart valve problems, and rhythm problems.

Understanding Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCIs)

When atherosclerosis severely narrows or blocks any of the major coronary arteries, threatening to cause a heart attack, percutaneous ...

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