Cardiac Injuries for General Surgeons

Felipe Vega-Rivera, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

Trauma & General Surgeon
Associate Professor of Surgery
Hospital Angeles Lomas
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Huixquilucan, EDO, Mexico
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The first successful repair of a cardiac wound was in 1896 by Dr. Rehn; prior to that date cardiac injuries were assumed to be fatal. Over more than 100 years the method of repair has markedly improved; especially through cardiac bypass and other mechanical aids. Diagnostic testing has also improved with U/S and CT. Dr Vega-Rivera does a great overview of the evolution of cardiac injuries, diagnostics and repair since that first success in 1896.

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