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Schwarzenegger's First Words After Heart Surgery

'I'm back,' according to a spokesman

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing fine after emergency open-heart surgery , his spokesman says. In fact, the 70-year-old's first words upon waking Friday were, "I'm back," a riff on his famous "I'll be back" catchphrase, writes rep Daniel Ketchell. The former governor was undergoing a planned... More »

Baby Born With Heart Outside Chest Is 'Beyond a Miracle'

After 3 surgeries, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, said to be first UK baby to survive condition, is 'doing well'

(Newser) - Nine weeks into her pregnancy, Naomi Findlay was told "termination" was the only option. The fetus in her womb was growing a heart—but in a rare case of ectopia cordis, it was outside of the body, as was a portion of the stomach, giving the fetus less than... More »

There's a Reason Afternoon Heart Surgery Is Best

Heart genes aren't in top form in the morning: scientists

(Newser) - Should you ever need heart surgery, it might be worth pressing for an afternoon appointment. New research in the Lancet finds patients who undergo morning heart surgery are twice as likely to suffer heart issues and other complications as patients who have surgery in the afternoon, per the BBC . It'... More »

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 »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Heart Surgery

Stent was implanted to clear blockage

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a stent implanted to clear a blockage in her right coronary artery. A court spokeswoman says Ginsburg had some discomfort last night during routine exercise and was taken to the hospital. The 81-year-old Ginsburg had the procedure this morning after a coronary... 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 »

Bush Has Heart Surgery

President gets a stent put in to fix blocked artery

(Newser) - George W. Bush has successfully undergone a heart procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery. A spokesman for the former president says a stent was inserted during a procedure today in Texas. The blockage was discovered yesterday during Bush's annual physical. The blockage was opened with no... 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 »

Japan's Emperor to Have Heart Bypass

Akihito has suffered from variety of health problems in recent years

(Newser) - Japanese Emperor Akihito will have heart bypass surgery later this month, his palace said today after the 78-year-old monarch was hospitalized for tests over the weekend. Akihito returned to the palace today after the tests and has scheduled the surgery for Feb. 18, the Imperial Household Agency said. 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 »

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