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In Possible World First, Heart Surgery Saves Baby in Womb

Doctors in Canada perform in utero balloon atrial septoplasty

(Newser) - Doctors in Canada are patting themselves on the back after what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind heart surgery that saved the life of an unborn child. Halfway through her pregnancy, Kristine Barry of Barrie, Ont., learned her unborn son had a heart defect in which the two main arteries... More »

Baby Survives Heart Surgery in the Womb

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia performs only second such operation

(Newser) - When a woman in Uruguay learned that her 20-week-old fetus was about to die from a tumor taking over his heart, she flew to the one place in the world she knew could help: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2013, the facility performed the first successful surgery to remove... More »

It Was a Routine Surgery. Then a Nurse Flipped a Switch

Private hospital in London is found negligent in banker's death

(Newser) - An inquest has blamed the death of an American banker who underwent a routine heart valve operation in Britain on a nurse's mistaken move, reports the Telegraph . Robert Entenman died in 2015 at age 57 at one of Britain's biggest private hospitals, London Bridge. The American, who left... More »

Death Rates for Babies Who Have Heart Surgery a Secret

More than half the hospitals that do these procedures don't report, CNN finds

(Newser) - No parents would ever want their child to have heart surgery, but if it's necessary, at least they can go online and check out which hospitals have the best success rates, right? Not exactly, according to a CNN investigation , which finds that of the 109 hospitals countrywide that perform... More »

Man Saved Own Heart—Using Gardening Trick

Now more than 40 have undergone procedure

(Newser) - A heart problem put a British engineer's life at risk for decades—but presented with surgery options, he was "unimpressed." So Tal Golesworthy, now 57, decided to take matters into his own hands, and the successful procedure he came up with has now helped more than 40... More »

Ostriches May Improve Heart Bypass Surgery

Arteries from long, thin neck are the key

(Newser) - Japanese researchers have used arteries from the long necks of ostriches to perform successful bypass surgery in pigs, reports AFP . In a few years, they hope to duplicate the feat with humans, reports the Asahi Shimbun . The researchers used the arteries to "construct artificial pathways" in the pigs, and... More »

Man Gets Second Heart Implanted

Valentine's Day operation sees two hearts beating in tandem

(Newser) - The Tin Man would be jealous: This Valentine’s Day, a 36-year-old man received a second heart—without giving up his first. Because Tyson Smith was too weak for a transplant, doctors simply installed a second heart in his chest and attached it to his own—a rare operation that... More »

Bret Michaels Slated for Heart Surgery

Poison frontman will go under the knife in January

(Newser) - Bret Michaels’ health challenges aren’t over yet. The Poison frontman, who recovered from a brain hemorrhage in April only to discover he’s had a hole in his heart since he was born, will undergo heart surgery to fix the hole in January. “Is he 100%? No, but... More »

Dick Cheney Leaves Hospital

Ex-VP discharged after a month, implantation of cardiac device

(Newser) - Former VP Dick Cheney left the hospital today, 6 weeks after being admitted because he was suffering "discomfort" and about a month after having a cardiac pump implanted . Cheney, 69, suffered his first heart attack at age 37, notes the Wall Street Journal . He will continue to recuperate at... More »

Obama Returns to The View

Barbara Walters will greet first sitting president to join ABC chatfest

(Newser) - President Obama will appear on The View on Thursday, and his visit will be only the second-most-anticipated of the day: Co-host Barbara Walters will return to work for the first appearance on the ABC chatfest by a sitting president, reports Broadcasting & Cable . Walters had surgery in May to replace... More »

Dick Cheney Has Heart Pump Implanted

Former VP recuperating after surgery

(Newser) - Dick Cheney is recovering after another serious heart procedure. The former vice president had a pump implanted that "improves heart function and will enable me to return to an active life," he said in a statement. The device, called a Left Ventricular Assist Device, is used only for... More »

Barbara Walters: I'm Having Heart Surgery

Octogenarian has 'never missed a day's work'

(Newser) - Most octogenarians have been playing bridge in Sarasota for years by now, but ABC reports that Barbara Walters is taking a mere month off to have heart-valve surgery. Walters has known of her condition "for a while," the 80-year-old co-host announced on The View today, and now with... More »

Feeling 'Great,' Bill Clinton Gets Back to Work

Ex-president continues Haiti effort a day after heart surgery

(Newser) - Less than 24 hours after surgery to insert two stents in a coronary artery, Bill Clinton got back to work today. "I feel great," the former president said after returning to his home in Chappaqua, NY. It's "miraculous what they do with the stents," he added.... More »

Bill Clinton Likely Headed Home Tomorrow

... and Hillary won't leave for Middle East until Saturday

(Newser) - It looks like Bill Clinton will only spend one night in the hospital after undergoing an emergency heart procedure today—and wife Hillary will merely postpone her diplomatic trip to the Middle East by a day. “He’s in good spirits, and we hope to have him go home... More »

Taylor: Heart Surgery 'Went Off Perfectly'

Actress, 77, tweets that 'it's like having a brand new ticker'

(Newser) - Elizabeth Taylor’s heart surgery today “went off perfectly,” she writes on Twitter. “It’s like having a brand new ticker.” The actress, 77, says the procedure was to repair a “leaky valve,” and ripped media reports that she has diabetes as “a... More »

Elizabeth Taylor to Have Heart Surgery

Actress says procedure will fix a leaky valve without open heart surgery

(Newser) - Elizabeth Taylor will soon undergo heart surgery, she announced on Twitter today. “Dear Friends, I would like to let you know before it gets in the papers that I am going into the hospital to have a procedure on my heart,” the 77-year-old actress posted this afternoon, notes ... More »

Robin, Dave Laugh Off Heart Surgery

Comedians are in "brotherhood of the zipper chests"

(Newser) - Robin Williams was back to being funny yesterday, appearing on the Late Show more than two months after the heart surgery that halted his tour, E! reports. “I have a cow valve, which is great, and the grazing’s been fun," he told David Letterman, a veteran of... More »

Williams' Heart Surgery a Success: Docs

(Newser) - Surgery last week on actor Robin Williams’ heart “went extremely well,” doctors said today. The 3½-hour procedure corrected an irregular rhythm and replaced a valve, People reports. “A couple hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh,” said the... More »

Williams Needs Heart Surgery

(Newser) - Robin Williams will soon undergo heart surgery, People reports. The 57-year-old entertainer, who needs a new aortic valve, has canceled performances of his one-man show until at least the fall. He entered a Florida hospital this week short of breath. "I'm so touched by everyone's support and well wishes,... More »

Barbara Bush 'Fine' After Heart Surgery

(Newser) - Barbara Bush underwent open-heart surgery today at a Houston hospital and is doing "fine" now, a family spokeswoman said. "In fact, she is awake." Doctors described the procedure as a cautionary measure after finding hardening on part of her aorta last week, reports CNN. Doctors replaced her... More »

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