Cardiology

First-ever transient pacemaker harmlessly dissolves in body

Researchers at Northwestern and George Washington (GW) universities have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker—a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears after it's no longer needed.

Cardiology

Bio-inspired hydrogel protects the heart from post-op adhesions

A hydrogel that forms a barrier to keep heart tissue from adhering to surrounding tissue after surgery was developed and successfully tested in rodents by a team of University of California San Diego researchers. The team ...

Medications

Viagra may prolong life for men with coronary artery disease

Men with stable coronary artery disease who are on Viagra due to impotence seem to live longer and have a lower risk of experiencing a new heart attack, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the Journal ...

Cardiology

Researchers 3-D print lifelike heart valve models

Researchers from the University of Minnesota, with support from Medtronic, have developed a groundbreaking process for multi-material 3-D printing of lifelike models of the heart's aortic valve and the surrounding structures ...

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Cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart and/or great vessels performed by a cardiac surgeon. Frequently, it is done to treat complications of ischemic heart disease (for example, coronary artery bypass grafting), correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease created by various causes including endocarditis. It also includes heart transplantation.

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