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Open Heart

By Stephen Westaby
  • ISBN Code: : 0465094848
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Medical
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In gripping prose, one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons lays bare both the wonder and the horror of a life spent a heartbeat away from death When Stephen Westaby witnessed a patient die on the table during open-heart surgery for the first time, he was struck by the quiet, determined way the surgeons walked away. As he soon understood, this detachment is a crucial survival strategy in a profession where death is only a heartbeat away. In Open Heart, Westaby reflects on over 11,000 surgeries, showing us why the procedures have never become routine and will never be. With astonishing compassion, he recounts harrowing and sometimes hopeful stories from his operating room: we meet a pulseless man who lives with an electric heart pump, an expecting mother who refuses surgery unless the doctors let her pregnancy reach full term, and a baby who gets a heart transplant-only to die once it's in place. For readers of Atul Gawande's Being Mortal and of Henry Marsh's Do No Harm, Open Heart offers a soul-baring account of a life spent in constant confrontation with death.

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The heart is a living organ bestowed with romantic, spiritual, and indeed a vital mystique through the ages. Speaking medically, it is an intricately designed pump that beats ceaselessly through the entire life time of an individual. As the heart develops in the fetus, structural aberrations may result in birth defects of the heart, from a simple hole to a very complex malformation. Similarly, the delicate heart valves may get damaged in later life. Rheumatic heart disease is one such disease affecting largely the poor. Coronary artery disease on the other hand afflicts those with increasing affluence and stress of modern life accompanied by indulgence in food, smoking and alcohol. Heart surgery started in early twentieth century and progressed by leaps and bounds once the heart-lung machine became available facilitating open heart operations on a large scale. The practice of medicine is for basic good of mankind, no matter where and how it is rendered. The men and women working in the field of cardiac medicine and surgery have brought the latest skills to the suffering patients everywhere. In the process, we unconsciously wear a mask of technical competence and efficiency and get far removed from the social and emotional milieu of the patients. This book is an attempt to remove this mask and look beyond bringing a unique Indian perspective.

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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1475950314
  • Total of Pages : 492
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  • Pdf File: one-heart-embrace-life.pdf

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In his memoir, One Heart—Embrace Life, author Dr. Charles Garbarino recounts his journey of recovery and rebirth following open-heart surgery. He reveals his innermost thoughts and feelings, from his reaction to receiving the unexpected news that he required cardiac bypass surgery to his subsequent depression and suicidal thoughts. He openly wonders why God gave him this burden to carry, but finally decides not to just survive his heart attack but to embrace life and live it to the fullest. One Heart also recounts the experiences of others, from people who have had cardiac setbacks to those who have lost loved ones in catastrophic natural disasters, to our military troops who have given the ultimate sacrifice. This memoir is about life and its many components, focusing primarily on the heart, both emotionally and physically. Its underlying theme is to embrace life by understanding how to move ahead when challenges cross your path—whether you’re facing the loss of a child or the discovery of a medical crisis. One Heart—Embrace Life celebrates the many facets of life and the importance of a life well lived. It follows Dr. Garbarino through each step along the path to recovery and includes contributions from health and religious professionals. The lessons are priceless. The journey is like no other. Get ready for a book that will change the way you look at things, forever. All proceeds of One Heart – Embrace Life will benefit the American Heart Association.

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  • Pdf File: a-handbook-of-operating-techniques-in-cardiac-surgery.pdf

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Every member of the surgical team usually has a personal journal with notes and diagrams. I too have always put all I appreciated into my little notebook of diagrams and notes, whenever I learned anything valuable in a case. I find it useful even now to revise my notes before I sleep on the night before a challenging case. This handbook was derived from that habit, and it will help you see what unique things I saw during my training in India. We all know that there are deficiencies in learning cardiac surgery from books, a single surgical tutor or a small institute doing less work. By giving you concisely all the basic steps of each operation, we aim to make the team’s training period a lot easier, the learning curve shorter and you will then be a more confident cardiac surgical trainee. This, I hope, will help your mentor find you as a very capable person to teach. Cheers and all the very best!

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  • Book Code : 9401585148
  • Total of Pages : 169
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 130
  • Pdf File: the-developing-heart.pdf

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Pediatric cardiology is celebrating in the 1990s the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the age of therapy. This informal `history' describes how the discipline grew from the era of pathologic anatomy to the dawn of therapy, the beginnings of closed heart surgery between 1939 and 1945. That dawn ushered in a remarkable half century of change and growth, leading from clinicophysiologic correlations through the start of open heart surgery in the 1950s. The text celebrates some of the achievements of this vivid and heroic age, and describes how, in the mid 1970s, new surgical and medical approaches, including prostaglandins and Doppler echocardiography, led to successful cardiac treatment in infancy, the `infant era'. Interventional cardiology and the study of childhood arrhythmias began. Now, in the 1990s, a new era emphasising molecular biology and cardiac development is growing from the tools and concepts of the past. The four eras have focused on pathologic anatomy, clinicophysiologic correlations and surgery, heart problems in infancy, and now the developing heart. In each era there have been advances in the four domains of pediatric cardiology, the heart before birth, the normal heart, heart disease and defects, and preventive cardiology. Growth in knowledge has been both episodic and dramatic, yet not a picture of unalloyed achievement. The later chapters discuss some of the problems beginning to be recognised in the new and current `developmental era'. The pioneers of pediatric cardiology, both men and women, are more than eponyms, for each used in new and original ways the tools and concepts available in their era. The interaction of tools and concepts is a theme in this book. Just as the tool of the stethoscope was vital in delineating the clinical profile of ventricular septal defect and patent ductus, the fluoroscope played a role in developing the concept of the Blalock Taussig shunt. Pioneers also include patients and their families, and the book includes some discussion of what little is known of childhood and of the child with heart disease in the four different eras. This is a brief overview of the growth of knowledge of children's hearts from before William Harvey until our own time, and includes references to histories of cardiac surgery and to collections of classic cardiac papers. By its emphasis on the child as the central historic figure, and on the interaction of tools and concepts in the growth of knowledge, the text provides a celebratory approach to the 50th anniversary of modern pediatric cardiology.

Quality of Life after Open Heart Surgery

By P.J. Walter
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 9401126402
  • Total of Pages : 535
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 505
  • Pdf File: quality-of-life-after-open-heart-surgery.pdf

Book Short Summary:

primary goal of all forms of therapy is not just prolonging life, but improving the quality of life, has forced analysis of what constitutes quality of life, a concept whose structure pervades all walks of life and eludes definition. Global well being, happiness, morale, vitality, fullness of social life, and satisfaction must be integrated and assessed for the effects of the disease and the therapy, in the context of specific personality traits, attitudes to life, family situation, and socio-economic and political freedom. A growing inter est in research on this subject has led to a clearer understanding of the components which come to determine quality of a patient's life, and how they can be measured in a reproducible manner so that valid comparisons can be made. Keeping these recommendations of analysing quality of life within the context of patients who have undergone open heart surgery, it seemed appro priate to me to separate the influence of various forms of open heart surgery into five aspects of life which can comprehensively reflect the quality of life outcome of the operation. These five 'components' are (1) Physiological state, which summarises the traditionally reported incidence of operative mortality and morbidity, objectively and subjectively measured physical ca pacity, and the residual symptoms, treatment and long-term survival. (2) Intellectual functioning relates to the psychoneurolgocial deficit in memory, reasoning or judgement because of cerebral microembolism and hypo perfusion during cardiopulmonary bypass.

Psychopathological and Neurological Dysfunctions Following Open-Heart Surgery

By R. Becker,J. Katz,M.-J. Polonius,H. Speidel
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 3642686109
  • Total of Pages : 386
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 515
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The Surgeon as a Humanist Medicine is the most humane of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. Cardiac surgery today provides a most natural confluence for the high technology of medicine and the humanistic values traditional in the practice of medicine. The cardiac surgeon must, of necessity, be knowledgeable in physiology and cardio logy, and must also possess consummate surgical technical skill. The attainment of these skills over long years of training leads many of these surgeons to believe or per ceive this long struggle as an apotheosis of their position in life, rather than as an education in bringing the latest scientific advances to the care of patients. The problem lies not only with the cardiac surgeon; it is also contributed to by the patients' perception of heart surgery, heart disease, and the mystery of the science and physiology involved. The patient with heart disease expecting surgery may, for the first time, be facing the finiteness of his existence. The low risk of cardiac surgery to day not withstanding, the coronary surgery patients, most likely a type A personality, is faced with a perceived threat to his invulnerability, his self-image, his family, his independence, his control of situations, and his very existence.

"How To Survive After Open Heart Surgery For a Meat and Potatoes Guy."

By Ralph G. Nigh
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 1463427891
  • Total of Pages : 92
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 398
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Book Short Summary:

The book gives you a look at heart disease, and gives a look at different kinds of alternative treatments for heart disease and ways to change your diet without loseing taste, you get lots of delicious receipts that meet the criteria set forth by the AHA.

Emergency SalvageTM

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  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Book Code : 1480952540
  • Total of Pages : 114
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 265
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Book Short Summary:

Emergency Salvage ™ By: LSC M.D. “Emergency SalvageTM” is a term to describe heart surgeons’ attempts to salvage patients who are actively dying from cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Both nonfiction and fiction, this book describes author LSC M.D.’s struggles over a thirty-year period in caring for dying patients. It was written for readers who are only lightly educated about healthcare. Hopefully this book will give readers insight into the challenges of providing healthcare to actively dying patients in a world that is rapidly changing. The emotions of success, life, failure, and death are very vivid.

A Piece of Cake

By Roger Kohler
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  • Publisher : Archway Publishing
  • Book Code : 1480800392
  • Total of Pages : 98
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 684
  • Pdf File: a-piece-of-cake.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Sixty-six-year-old Roger Kohler was heading for a heart attack, and he didn’t know it. During an annual exam, he mentioned to his doctor that he was feeling tired after his walks on the beaches of Cape Cod with his wife, Adele, and their golden retriever, Bella. His family practitioner arranged an appointment with a cardiologist, and Kohler received some important news: He needed open-heart surgery, and soon. In A Piece of Cake, Kohler narrates the story of his experience dealing with heart disease—from his initial diagnosis through his heart surgery and his recovery. He shares the details of how he felt before and after the surgery. An inspirational story, A Piece of Cake draws attention to the number one killer today in America, where an estimated 1.1 million will have a heart attack this year—and one-third of them will die. Like Kohler, many never show prior symptoms of heart disease. Kohler’s personal experiences provide insight into the impact heart disease has on human lives.

Surgical Revolutions: A Historical And Philosophical View

By Luis H Toledo-pereyra
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  • Publisher : World Scientific Publishing Company
  • Book Code : 9813108061
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Medical
  • Members : 454
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Book Short Summary:

Many surgical revolutions distinguish the history and evolution of surgery. Some are small, others more dominant, but each revolution improves the art and science of surgery. Surgical revolutionaries are indispensable in the conception and completion of any surgical revolution, initiating scientific and technological advances that propel surgical practice forward. Surgical revolutionaries can come in the guises of Lister (antisepsis), Halsted (surgical residency and safe surgery), Cushing (safe brain surgery), Wangensteen (gastrointestinal physiological surgery), Blalock (relief of cyanotic heart disease), Lillehei (open heart surgery), and many others. With the hindsight of history, we can recognize patterns of progress, evaluate means of advancing new ideas, and solidify details of innovative behavior that could lead to new surgical revolutions.This volume examines the following vital questions in detail: What is a surgical revolution and how do we recognize one? Are surgical revolutionaries different? Is there a way to educate new surgical revolutionaries? Can history provide enduring examples of surgical revolutions? Are there different kinds of surgical revolutions? What characterizes a surgical revolution in the context of science and technology? What surgical revolutions are on the horizon?