S. Chris Malaisrie, MD: February 19, 2020

February is American Heart Month

“Do I Really Need This Heart Surgery?”

Cardiac Surgeon Reveals What to Expect Before, During and After Cardiac Surgery


S. Chris Malaisrie, MD

Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago


Learning you or your loved one needs open heart surgery can be frightening. Open-heart surgery is any type of surgery where the chest is cut open and surgery is performed on the muscles, valves, or arteries of the heart.  According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the most common type of heart surgery done on adults. During this surgery, a healthy artery or vein is grafted (attached) to a blocked coronary artery. This allows the grafted artery to “bypass” the blocked artery and bring fresh blood to the heart.


The term “open-heart surgery” can be misleading.  Open-heart surgery is sometimes called traditional heart surgery but today, many new heart procedures can be performed with only small incisions, not wide openings. On Wednesday February 19, Dr. S. Chris Malaisrie from the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago is available to you and your listeners to discuss the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States – heart disease: what steps to take to halt its progress and what you need to know if a Doctor recommends surgery. 


Topics Dr. Malaisrie can discuss:

  • Traditional open-heart surgery versus new minimally treatments.
  • Second opinions after a recommendation for heart surgery.
  • ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) protocol to reduce opioids after surgery.
  • The latest research and progressive strategies
  • What to expect before, during and after a cardiac surgery.



For more information please visit www.nm.org/radio



Dr. Malaisrie is an attending cardiac surgeon at Northwestern Medicine and is the co-director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program, co-director of the Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders Program, and associate director of the Center for Heart Valve Disease at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. He is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and serves as the Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship.


Dr. Malaisrie is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  He completed his thoracic residency at Baylor College of Medicine and completed his cardiac surgery fellowship at Stanford University.



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