Minimally invasive cardiac treatments (part 3 of 3) at Penn Medicine

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Jan 222013

Learn how Penn medicine physicians use minimally invasive techniques, such as robotics, to repair two patients hearts without opening the chest, which reduces patient discomfort, recovery time and the need for medication. Although both patients are in their late 30s, the conditions vary – prolapse of the mitral valve and requires surgery, the other has an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and is treated developed at Penn. Ken Bull, a 39 year old with a wife, daughter and another young child on the way, is an avid athlete, whose way of life was negatively impacted by a rapid state of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation frequency ear. In an effort to avoid taking multiple medications, the rest of life, and the possibility of not being able to play sports again, Ken turned to the Penn Cardiac Care team, led by Francis Marchlinski, MD, with the hope of eliminating its cardiac rhythm disorders forever. Several years ago, Stephen Griboski discovered he had a prolapse of the mitral valve, a leaking, faulty valve, which essentially allows blood to be pumped back into the lungs. Although he was short of breath at times, Stephen continued to live a normal life, but a visit to his doctor changed his point of view. If it has not undergone surgery valve repair, it would be a higher risk of developing heart disease and / or experiencing a heart attack and be a likely candidate for a heart transplant. Based on the suggestion of his interventional …