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  • Atrial Fibrillation and MAZE Procedure for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
    Atrial fibrillation (also called AF or A Fib) is an arrhythmia characterized as irregular, disorganized, electrical activity of the upper chambers (atria) of the heart.
    More on Atrial Fibrillation | More on MAZE Procedure

  • Atrial Septal Defect
    Atrial Septal Defect, or ASD, is a congenital anomaly of the heart and most ASD's are not serious and can be easily fixed. During the normal development of a fetus, there is an opening, which persists between the two upper chambers of heart (the atria). More...

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
    Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), or bypass surgery, is a surgical operation in which the surgeon uses a section of vein, usually from the patient’s leg or an artery from inside the patient’s chest to create a new route for oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart muscle. More...

  • Coronary Artery Disease
    Coronary artery disease is caused by atherosclerosis of the vessels that supply blood to the heart. This can cause a complete blockage of the vessel or a partial obstruction called a stenosis. More...

  • Emphysema and Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
    Emphysema is a chronic, progressive condition which affects 2.0 million Americans. It is a disease of the lungs most commonly caused by smoking. Generally it is a breakdown in the walls of the air sacs of the lung causing them to become abnormally enlarged. More...

  • Heart Valve Disease and Surgery
    Heart valve disease occurs when a valve doesn't work right. A valve may not open all the way. Or, a valve may have problems closing. If this happens, blood doesn't move through the heart's chambers the way it should. More...

  • Mitral Valve Chordae Repair
    There are numerous conditions that can cause the mitral valve to not act as a one-way valve. When this happens the valve condition is referred to as mitral insufficiency or mitral regurgitation. More...

  • Posterior Mediastinal Tumor
    The mediastinum is a space in the chest that is divided into different sections, where tumors can occur. In this video, the first x-ray image shows this abnormal growth in the back of the chest (posterior mediastinum). More...

  • Pulmonary Adhesion
    This video shows the USC Cardiothoracic Surgeons utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System to divide connective tissue that is holding a piece of a lung down to the chest wall. The lung is located to the left and the yellow tissue is the connective tissue. More...

  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
    Transmyocardial laser revascularization is a new technique that attempts to improve the blood supply to ischemic myocardium by using a high-powered laser to create multiple minute (1mm) channels, which traverse the heart muscle (transmyocardial). More...

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