In This Chapter
Opening blocked arteries with percutaneous coronary interventions
Exploring several types of heart bypass surgery
Understanding heart valve surgery
Using electrophysiology to treat rhythm problems
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.
When atherosclerosis severely narrows or blocks any of the major coronary arteries, threatening to cause a heart attack, percutaneous ...