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Update on Pulmonary Hypertension

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Jan 15, 2019 11:50:27 AM

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complicated, and potentially life threatening, disease that is defined as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure greater than or equal to 25 mm Hg at rest.  It was first described in medical literature in 1891 by a German physician, Ernst von Romberg, who mentioned pulmonary vascular stenosis in an autopsy. While it is considered a rare disease, being seen in only 1-2 people out of every million across the United States and Europe, those of us practicing cardiac surgery at programs with advanced heart and lung failure patients will likely see a lot of this disease. 

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, CT Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery, Hypertension, Pulmonary Hypertension, Heart and Lung, Cardiovascular, Heart Disease

Vein Drama:  My experience with the wild and wonderful world of EVH

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Oct 27, 2017 10:25:39 AM

As the years go by, I feel like I’ve become better equipped to handle any situation I face at work.  I’m not saying I always know exactly what to do, but the experience I have obtained over the years has given me a large tool box to work from.  I can usually get out of any situation with a minimal amount stress.  Unfortunately, this same principle does not apply to vein harvesting. The bad veins always find me.  I have a running joke at work that I can create drama in any vein harvesting situation.  Don’t get me wrong; I always find a way to get the vein out, and rarely will it need any repairs.  But sometimes I think it takes years off of my life.  As I sat and thought about this I realized that difficult veins have given me a tool box for vein harvesting too.  Experienced harvesters will have heard these tips before, but for any new comers to EVH, I thought I’d share a few of the tools that have helped me along the way. 

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Topics: EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery, EVH

Interview with CT Assist’s Danielle Bielecki, NP, RNFA on Endoscopic Vein Harvest (EVH) Training

Posted by Danielle Bielecki, NP, RNFA on Sep 29, 2017 8:29:00 AM

When did you learn how to harvest vein?

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Topics: EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery

Vein Drama:  My experience with the wild and wonderful world of EVH

Posted by Liza Szelkowski, PA-C on Apr 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM
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Topics: EVH endo vein harvesting Cardiac Surgery, EVH