Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Saves A Life
Do you ever get sentimental thinking about the past? Well, unfortunately I do. This past summer I had my 42nd birthday. As a forty year old I've been very reflective on my life and what I've accomplished and where I'm going. As part of this reflection I'm reminded of the fact that my father had his first heart attack when he was forty five - just three years older than I am today. It had quite an impact on our family - mostly for the good. It's affects on me, personally, were much more subtle, mostly because I was away from home serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
When I returned home though the changes there were obvious changes in the way our family ate, but the thing that impacted and changed me more than anything else was the scar in the middle of my father's chest. You see, this was at a time when minimally invasive heart surgery was still pretty invasive.
This giant scar on his chest was a reason, among others, that lead me into a health related career.
Times are different now. A mitral valve repair usually requires a median sternotomy, but advances in non-invasive methods (such as keyhole surgery) allow surgery without a sternotomy (and resulting pain and scar). Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is much more technically demanding and may involve higher risk.
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