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Surgical Procedures for Heart Failure
Treating Heart Failure
- Are not candidates for transplant
- Do not respond to medical therapy
- Have a low risk of surviving one year
Treating Other Heart Conditions
- Heart valve replacement: Improves the blood flow inside the heart, but has not been shown to improve heart failure survival. It may be considered for some situations.
- Coronary artery graft bypass (CABG): More commonly known as open-heart or bypass surgery. Grafted veins from the legs are used to go around clogged arteries that feed the heart muscle. This will improve blood flow to the heart muscle and help it work more efficiently.
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Heart transplant. Transplant living website. Available at: http://www.transplantliving.org/before-the-transplant/about-the-operation/heart. Accessed October 9, 2013.
Implantable medical devices for heart failure. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/PreventionTreatmentofHeartFailure/Implantable-Medical-Devices-for-Heart-Failure%5FUCM%5F306354%5FArticle.jsp. Updated September 20, 2013. Accessed October 9, 2013.
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Surgical procedures for heart failure. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/PreventionTreatmentofHeartFailure/Surgical-Procedures-for-Heart-Failure%5FUCM%5F306345%5FArticle.jsp. Updated September 20, 2013. Accessed October 9, 2013.
What to expect before a heart transplant. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health//dci/Diseases/ht/ht%5Fbefore.html. Accessed October 9, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 10/00/2013