What is a Heart Murmur and What are the Signs?

What is a Heart Murmur and What are the Signs? A heart murmur is an unusual sound in the heartbeat’s cycle that’s caused by blood moving improperly through the valve system of the heart. The normal “lub-dub” sound that can be heard through a stethoscope is the sound of the heart valves opening and closing as they guide the blood through the heart during normal circulation. A murmur occurs when the valves aren’t doing their jobs properly and blood is flowing backward through the heart instead of following the normal pathways. Symptoms A heart murmur can cause poor circulation, which may result in cold or bluish extremities, especially the fingertips, toes, and lips. A victim may also experience swelling and weight gain, heavy sweating with minimal exertion, dizziness and fainting, chest pain, chronic cough, or shortness of breath. In young children and infants, symptoms may also include a poor appetite and a failure to grow normally. Any of these symptoms should be a sign that it’s time to talk to your doctor about underlying causes for your symptoms. Types of Heart Murmurs There are two types of heart murmurs; “innocent” and “abnormal.” An innocent heart murmur is caused by blood flowing more rapidly than normal through the heart. This can be caused by physical activity, pregnancy, fever, anemia, and even rapid growth phases during development. Innocent heart murmurs may disappear over time or stay with the patient their entire lives without causing further complications. Abnormal heart murmurs may be caused by a variety of reasons, like disease, surgery, trauma, congenital heart problems,  or other medical conditions, and are more...

What To Expect At Mercy Medical Center

Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo specializes in bloodless and minimally invasive heart surgery at the Cardiovascular Institute of Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH. Patients travel from across the globe to receive life-saving cardiac procedures from Dr. Ciuffo. If you are in need of advanced heart surgery, please consider Dr. Ciuffo and Mercy Medical Center. For Patients Minimally invasive heart surgery patients can expect to be in the hospital for two to three days, then discharged home or to a rehab facility. Dr. Ciuffo’s minimally invasive methods allow for a quicker recovery, less pain, and a very small scar. Dr. Ciuffo’s is renowned for his success and his caring nature to all patients. Nearby Hotels Many of our patients travel to Canton with family members. We want your family to be comfortable while you’re visiting us for a consultation or surgery. There are many accommodations very close to Mercy Medical Center. Canton Inn McKinley Grand Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites Fairfield Inn & Suites Comfort Inn and more Visiting Hours Mercy Medical Center offers open visiting hours. Schedule Your Consultation Today If you or a loved one may be interested in learning more about the benefits of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and the options available at Mercy, contact us today. Call now at (330) 363-1341 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Ciuffo looks forward to discussing your needs, as well as providing a second opinion to a high risk diagnosis.      ...

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeon

Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo, is an expert, minimally invasive heart surgeon who treats “inoperable,” high-risk, and special needs cardiac patients every day. Many people who have received concerning diagnoses from their regular cardiologists do online research to find expert heart surgeons for a second opinion of their diagnosis or other options to surgery. If this is you, then you’ve come to the right place. Heart Surgeon Dr. Ciuffo Dr. Ciuffo practices and performs the full range of the most advanced minimally invasive and bloodless options and procedures in modern heart surgery, with patients traveling across the globe for his expertise. His expertise is the result of a career dedicated to the development and improvement of these techniques. Dr. Ciuffo is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His current academic and clinical activity is entirely devoted to the surgical therapy of coronary, valvular and thoracic aortic disease with the most advanced blood sparing, minimally invasive and beating heart surgery techniques. Get A Second Opinion On Your Heart Condition If you or a loved one are researching the benefits of minimally invasive heart surgery or in need of a second opinion after an “inoperable” diagnosis, Dr. Ciuffo can help. Call now at (330) 363-1341 or fill out our online contact form....

Jehovah’s Witness Travels Across World For Life-Saving Bloodless Heart Surgery

After being diagnosed with a rare, considered inoperable, tumor in the left ventricle of her heart and given only a few months to live, 26-year old Australian Madalyn Copcutt was not ready to give up on her life. Her tumor was considered inoperable because of her status as a Jehovah’s Witnesses and she would not be able to accept blood transfusions. The newlywed traveled over 11,000 miles to see expert cardiac surgeon, Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo at the Mercy Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) who is the Medical Director of Mercy’s Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery program. Even after all surgeons in Perth concluded that her surgery would not be possible, Dr. Ciuffo performed the bloodless heart surgery on October 31 at Mercy Medical Center and Madalyn was discharged on November 3, with all positive results indicating the tumor removal was successful. Read more about Madalyn’s surgery at the Mercy Medical Center in the Akron Beacon Journal and on Mercy’s own blog. Dr. Ciuffo’s Mission For Bloodless Surgery Dr. Ciuffo has stated that he’s “made it his mission to do bloodless surgery,” citing that his experience shows patients who do not take blood transfusions live longer and do better than traditional heart surgery patients. Dr. Ciuffo’s complex cardiothoracic experience ranges 15 years with operations for over 500 Jehovah’s Witnesses and hundreds of patients from all over the world. Contact Dr. Ciuffo For Bloodless Inquiries If you are a Jehovah’s Witnesses looking for bloodless surgery, or anyone with an interest in the minimally invasive and bloodless techniques Dr. Ciuffo employs, please call his office (330) 363-1341 at or contact him...
Meet Dr. Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD

Meet Dr. Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD

Meet Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Dr. Ciuffo is the Director of the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Center in Canton, OH and runs a busy Cardiothoracic Surgery practice as well. Dr. Ciuffo’s dedication to the development and improvement of minimally invasive heart surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is impressive. Giovanni B Ciuffo, MD Education He gradated from Medical School Summa cum Laude, earning his MD degree from one of Italy’s oldest Medical Schools.  Dr. Ciuffo’s experience includes fulfilling military obligations by serving as an artillery lieutenant in the Italian Armed Forces, followed by completing his postgraduate surgical training education. Giovanni Ciuffo’s residency in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery was completed with research and experience in Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Albert Einstein Hospital, Flushing Hospital Medical Center and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Ciuffo’s focus on clinical and prognostic aspects of the use of mechanical and biological heart valves in cardiac surgery was researched at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Clinical and Technical Expertise of Dr. Ciuffo Giovanni B Ciuffo joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty following his surgical training, furthering his experience in the technical and clinical aspects of his current areas of interest as well as in blood sparing techniques, high risk cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplantation, heart failure and atrial fibrillation surgery. Sent on a University of Pittsburgh assignment, Dr. Ciuffo traveled back to Italy to set up and implement an active cardiac surgery and transplant program in Sicily; he also set a similar program up in Cairo, Egypt in cooperation with the ministries of health and local governments. Surgical Technique Training With Dr. Ciuffo...