What types of heart diseases are treated with surgery?

Sometimes it takes more than medicine to treat heart disease. In this brief Sharecare video, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Emile Bacha discusses when and why heart disease requires surgery.

Dr. Bacha is Chief, Division of Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular Surgery and Director of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Bacha answers additional questions from patients and family members in other brief, easy-to-understand Sharecare videos here, including:

  • Do children grow out of heart abnormalities?
  • How are pediatric congenital heart defects treated?
  • What diseases lead to heart transplants in children?
  • Why are some children born with congenital heart defects?
  • Do I need a special diet after heart surgery?
  • Do I need to quit smoking before heart surgery?

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Dr. Emile Bacha — What types of heart diseases are treated with surgery?