Patient Education Articles

About Surgery

  • Valve Repair / Replacement

    The primary function of your heart is to collect blood and pump it to various parts of the body. There are structures, akin to a Gate, called Valves within the heart which ensures free and forward movement of blood. There are four valves in the heart called Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid and Pulmonary. If a Valve does not function properly, it may not open wide enough, not close tightly enough or both. In any case there will not be enough forward movement of blood. Accordingly the valve problems can be broadly […]
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

    What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting or CABG? It is a surgery done to bypass the blocks in the blood vessels of your heart. These blocks occur commonly due to a disease called Atherosclerosis. What is Atherosclerosis? It is a disease wherein fat gets deposited within the walls of a blood vessel forming what is called a “Plaque”. This plaque protrudes into the blood vessel obstructing blood flow to the heart. Who needs CABG? Your doctor has tried medications, and you may have had one or more angioplasties.  If you […]

General Health


    A healthy lifestyle works with your medications to provide you the greatest cardiovascular protection. A plan called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) can help people who have high amounts of        cholesterol in their blood. It can help you after a coronary artery bypass graft or angioplasty. Following the TLC plan can help reduce the low-density lipo-protein, or LDL cholesterol (also called “bad” cholesterol) in your blood. High-density lipo protein cholesterol (sometimes called “good” cholesterol) helps rid your body of LDL cholesterol. Keys to TLC Limit Saturated fats and Trans fats: Foods […]