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The 'Terminator' Just Got Another Body Upgrade

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73, has heart surgery to get a new aortic valve

(Newser) - Even the "Terminator" gets laid up now and again. People reports that actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the mend after undergoing heart surgery in Cleveland. "Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my... More »

Experts Watch Kim Jong Un's 'Personal Train'

Is the North Korean leader dead? Has his younger sister already seized power?

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is in a "vegetative state" or flat-out dead after a failed heart surgery. Or he's got COVID-19. Or just a sprained ankle. The rumor mill is turning after reports emerged that a Chinese medical team had been dispatched to help North Korea's leader in... More »

JPMorgan Chief Survives Health Scare

Jamie Dimon had emergency heart surgery

(Newser) - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is recovering from another health scare, six years after he survived throat cancer . The bank says the CEO is "recovering well" after emergency heart surgery Thursday to treat an acute aortic dissection—a separation of tissues in the aorta wall, which is often fatal.... More »

After 'Tragedy of Errors,' Woman Awarded Millions

Carolyn Boerste had to have leg amputated after nurses left sponge in her

(Newser) - A woman whose leg was amputated six years after undergoing heart surgery was awarded $10.5 million by a jury last month, after what her lawyers say was a "tragedy of errors" by multiple medical personnel. "Everything has changed," Carolyn Boerste says, per WAVE , which along with... More »

Neil Armstrong's Death Holds a Darker Backstory

Family settled with hospital where he died in 2012 for $6M over alleged wrongful death

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong's family received $6 million to settle a wrongful death claim after experts said the astronaut's Aug. 25, 2012 death may have been preventable. The news is only now being reported by the New York Times , which received documents relating to the settlement from an anonymous sender,... More »

2 Get Life-Saving Surgery After Tip From Apple Watch

Device alerted UK men to irregular heartbeats

(Newser) - Two UK men have received life-saving surgery after their Apple Watches alerted them to irregular heartbeats. Paul Hutton of Bradfield, Essex, first visited a doctor after his Apple Watch—updated in September to notify users of irregular heart rates—alerted him that his rate kept dropping below 40 beats per... More »

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 »

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