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Commonly Performed Heart Procedures - Fixing Broken Hearts

When a person has been diagnosed with a heart ailment, doctors have a number of procedures at their disposal to help correct the condition. To help them make the diagnosis, an electrocardiogram may be used. In an emergency where a person's heart has stopped, access to a defibrillation machine can mean the difference between life and death.

In a situation where arteries have become narrowed by a buildup of plaque, an angioplasty procedure will help to open them up.

When the problem is caused by narrowing of the cartoid arteries on each side of the neck, a cartoid endarectomy is in order. Other patients are having a problem because their heart isn't beating properly, and doctors have a number of heart treatment options for these kinds of cardiac arrythmias.

Certain heart conditions call for different measures. A cardiac catheterization can be used to diagnose a number of conditions. Doctors can inject dye into the arteries to determine whether any blockages are present, or this test can be used in conjunction with a coronary angioplasty.

Surgery can be performed to repair an aneurysm that has become enlarged or is causing problems for a patient. If the issue is with the heart valves, doctors can perform several types of surgical procedures to correct the problem. The type of surgery will depend on whether the problem is caused by a congenital problem, an infection, or another type of issue.

When a patient has had a heart attack or is in heart failure, a coronary artery bypass may the right choice to treat the condition. The most involved surgical procedure is the heart transplant. For patients with heart disease who wouldn't survive otherwise, this procedure is can give the patient a new lease on life. The person who has undergone a heart transplant will need to take medications to prevent their body from rejecting the new heart for life. Heart procedure topics covered in this section, include:



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