The 411 on Heart Disease & Treatment
18 February 2021
We pre-recorded today’s conversation (via Zoom) during American Heart Month as part of our monthly Community Health series in partnership with Valley Health. We talked about heart disease and treatment options with Dr. Edward Kofsky, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Valley Health Cardiothoracic Surgeons. Dr. Kofsky is also the Surgical Director of the Coronary Heart Disease Clinical Council at Winchester Medical Center and the Surgical Director of the Valvular Heart Disease Clinical Council at Winchester Medical Center.
Dr. Kofsky explained that heart disease is really a series of separate issues related to various aspects and elements of the heart itself. There are conditions related to the coronary arteries, which supply the heart muscle with blood. There are conditions related to the valves within the heart which prevent the blood from backing up into the wrong places within the heart or from backing up into the lungs. And there are conditions related to the actual muscle of the heart itself where the heart muscle may not function normally, or maybe diseased by any number of different kinds of processes, including infections and connective tissue disorders. Then there are problems related to the electrical conduction systems of the heart, the parts of the heart that provide the pacing to the heart and to the transformation of the electrical signals that cause the heart muscle to have its own unique beating which causes the heart muscle to work as a sort of a synchronized pump.
In the second segment we discussed treatment options and the advancements in technology that have impacted recovery times and a patients ability to potentially avoid surgery completely.
For more information, visit: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/our-services/heart-vascular/
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