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Kids Who Need Heart Surgery May Fare Better at Busier Hospitals

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Higher-volume centers had lower death rate for patients with complications, study finds

MONDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have heart surgery at high-volume hospitals may fare better than those who are treated in hospitals that perform fewer pediatric cardiac surgeries per year, but this is not due to volume alone.

New research suggests that the busier centers are more able to spot and handle complications should they occur after heart surgery.

Of more than 35,000 children who had...

Higher-volume centers had lower death rate for patients with complications, study finds

MONDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have heart surgery at high-volume hospitals may fare better than those who are treated in hospitals that...

Pneumonia Most Common Infection After Heart Surgery

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Nearly half of serious infections occur 14 days after patients are discharged, study shows

TUESDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) --Pneumonia is the most common infection following heart surgery, a new study shows.

The researchers also revealed that most infections occur about two weeks after an operation -- a week longer than previously thought. They are slated to present their findings Tuesday at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

"It's not what we expected...

FDA OKs Heart Valve That Does Not Require Open-Heart Surgery

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THURSDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- The first artificial heart valve that can be implanted without open-heart surgery has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve is designed to replace an aortic heart valve damaged by senile aortic valve stenosis, a progressive and age-related illness caused by calcium deposits that cause the valve to narrow.

One expert called the advent of the device "a revolutionary breakthrough" in terms of expanding...