Treat heart failure and coronary
Fix heart valves that don't work
Control abnormal heart rhythms
Place medical devices
Replace a damaged heart with a healthy
If other treatmentssuch as
lifestyle changes, medicines, and medical procedureshaven't worked
or can't be used, heart surgery might be an option.
Your primary care doctor, a
cardiologist, and a cardiothoracic surgeon will work with you to decide whether
you need heart surgery.
A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing
and treating heart problems. A cardiothoracic surgeon, like Dr. Matter, specializes in surgery
on the heart and lungs.
These doctors will talk with you
and do tests to learn about your general health and your heart problem. They'll
discuss the test results with you and help you make decisions about the