To be told that you have serious cardiac disease requiring open heart surgery certainly qualifies as one of the most trying times in an individual's life. Most patients are frightened, and obviously concerned about what this diagnosis means for them, their family and their future.
Why should a patient choose to have heart surgery at our institution when told of this diagnosis? Simply because Danbury Hospital has committed from the very outset to offer outstanding cardiac surgical care that is at the same time completely personal. The team at Danbury Hospital comprises a group of broadly experienced professionals that have worked at some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and now works in your own backyard..What has been accomplished in less than 5 years by the commitment of these people is nothing short of extraordinary.
We take considerable pride in having extremely low transfusion rates in an attempt to achieve nearly "bloodless heart surgery" in many patients. We also routinely offer cutting edge surgery with routine use of multiple arterial bypasses, mitral valve repair, aortic surgery and innovative approaches to the treatment of heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
We are a significant contributor of data in groundbreaking research in a Yale and NIH sponsored study in association with major academic medical centers in the US and Canada looking at new ways of evaluating renal function at the time of heart surgery. This study may have important ramifications for all patients with kidney and heart disease in the future.
I am extremely proud to lead this team and hope that you allow us the privilege of providing your cardiac surgical care.
Cary S. Passik, M.D.
Section Chief, Cardiac Surgery
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