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Minimally Invasive Atrial Myxoma Surgery – A New Painless and Scarless Solution to an Old Problem

Minimally Invasive Atrial Myxoma Surgery – A New Painless and Scarless Solution to an Old Problem Atrial Myxoma is arguably the most common primary cardiac tumor. In adults, 50% of all benign tumors are Atrial Myxoma. Surgeons treat a number of these lesions because of their frequency in the population. The potential for a permanent cure after resection is very high. New minimally invasive atrial myxoma surgeries are now available in specialized centers. Atrial myxomas arise in the atrial chambers of the heart and tend to be friable and gelatinous. Their presence inside the heart can cause several symptoms. Our clinic specializes in a minimally invasive approach to curing our patients and restoring a great quality of life! Read the full article here >>...

How to Find the Best Heart Valve Surgeon to Treat Aortic Stenosis or Aortic Insufficiency

How to Find the Best Heart Valve Surgeon to Treat Aortic Stenosis or Aortic Insufficiency Patients may become faced with a diagnosis of severe aortic valve disease, it can be difficult to sort out the best options. It is often a highly emotional and confusing time. This article will guide patients through the steps for good information about the best aortic valve operation and finding the right heart surgeon to fit their needs. A few words about these aortic valve conditions: Aortic Stenosis means that the aortic valve is severely calcified and stiff. It cannot open wide when it is supposed to. A normal aortic valve has three flimsy and extremely pliable leaflets (cusps) that will open and allow unimpeded flow through a roughly circular cross-section with a diameter of about one inch. A severely stenotic valve only allows flow through a pinhole. That explains that hissing sound that doctors refer to as a “murmur”. The heart eventually tires out and immediate surgery is necessary before it gets to that point. Read the full article here...
Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement Following Barbara Walters’ surgery to treat her aortic valve stenosis, Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement surgery became a more popular term. Her issue was caused by a very common and frequently mistreated heart valve disease in the elderly population of the United States. There is a bias against operating on elderly patients in this country which often denies life-saving procedures on otherwise functional and sharp minded senior citizens. Aortic valve stenosis is a deadly disease that requires immediate attention, and Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo has the experience, skill, and will to help families. What Is Aortic Stenosis? Aortic Stenosis is a condition that causes the aortic valve to be too narrow. This forces your heart to work extra hard to push adequate amounts of fresh oxygenated blood against a tight, barely opening valve. Mechanically speaking, a heart with aortic stenosis develops a much higher internal pressure to assure the same pumping action and output of a normal heart. The risks of this condition can be chest pain, lack of breath, troubled breathing, heart attack, stroke, and death. Why Choose Dr. Ciuffo? Dr. Ciuffo’s experienced staff, dedicated team, and professional surgical experience set him apart from the crowd. His experience with minimally invasive aortic valve replacement is profound. His focus is on skillful surgery, quick recovery, and patient health. The vast majority of our patients are ready to go home in two or three days with specific arrangements for a visiting nurse and physical therapy service. We would be delighted to answer your questions and receive your comments and suggestions. Contact us directly at the office to discuss any specific...