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Once a decision is made to have heart surgery, patients tend to favor staying close to home.
But researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed mitral valve surgery to see if patients benefit from going to a center of excellence hospital—one that specializes in the procedure and sees a high volume of patients —as opposed to a nearby community hospital.
They found that going to a center of excellence is the better option for both patients and insurers, even if it’s farther away from the patient and costs more upfront.
When Nassef Matoshaleh, and his wife, Wafaa, left Cairo, Egypt, early this year, their two sons weren’t certain their father would return. But George and Michael, both pharmacists like their parents, prayed the trip to the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center to treat their father’s ascending aortic arch aneurysm would bring him back home.
And it did.
Nassef and Wafaa explored a handful of hospitals in the world — including in the U.K., Germany, France, Canada and the U.S. — to perform surgery on Nassef’s ascending aortic aneurysm. The two did extensive research and, with the help of family friend and U-M doctor Rafat Rizk (specializing in gastroenterology and internal medicine), decided Dr. Michael Deeb, a renowned specialist in the treatment of ascending aortic aneurysms, was the right doctor for them. Continue reading →
Enjoy the great taste of fresh, heart-healthy strawberries.
Delicious strawberries are in season, and their color is a great indicator of how nutritious they are. Strawberries are packed with phytonutrients: terpenoids, ellagitannins, anthocyanins, flavonols and phenolic acids.
Try this recipe — featured in Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sue Ryskamp’s recent U-M CVC Nutritious Is Delicious food demo — and start enjoying this amazing fruit right now! Added bonus: only 46 calories per cup! Continue reading →
“This yoga program is so different from other classes I’ve taken,” says Mary. “The instructors perform each pose slowly and help us do the poses correctly.” She says the class is challenging, but the instructors are happy to demonstrate modifications whenever necessary.
Mary believes her yoga practice has helped lower her blood pressure, which is monitored before and after each class. “I’m now in the normal range,” she says. The four weekly classes Mary fits into her schedule have also increased her strength and flexibility. Continue reading →
Leading U-M Frankel CVC researchers and physicians are advancing knowledge, finding new treatments and applying new technologies. Each week one of them shared his or her expertise in a six-week Mini Med School community education program focused on cardiovascular topics.
Open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) remains a durable option for patients; endovascular measures with stent graft technology continue to evolve, offering expanded indications for use with complex anatomy and a lower risk of early death and major complication. Continue reading →
“This is one of my passions,” says the 44-year-old Thompson, who began rowing classes three years ago as a unique way to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors. “We see deer, great blue heron and all kinds of nature,” she says. “It’s very peaceful and meditative.” Continue reading →
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