Heart Surgery 3 – Valve Surgery Operation & the Intensive Care Unit

Valve surgery in the heart is a modern miracle. It’s risky, involving many precise steps. It’s amazing that anyone survives the operation! Here’s a step-by-step guide through a typical heart valve surgery as well as the post-op intensive care area. … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 2 – What Brings Us to the Operating Room Before Surgery

Before surgery, seventy percent of us will develop heart disease. If we’re lucky, we’ll survive long enough to reach the operating room and get help. This blog hopes to make you one of those lucky folks! This is part 2 … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 1 – Highly Likely for You or a Family Member

Heart surgery is everywhere. Most Americans – 70% – contract heart disease. It’s the leading cause of death, even ahead of cancer. Three months ago I had sudden heart surgery to replace my mitral valve, and that’s the only reason … Continue reading

Lahaina Walk, with Tongans, Kings & Prisons

Lahaina, Maui is a royal capital, a whaling town and now a tourist must-see. A walk through Lahaina uncovers surprising history and culture. My wife Nola and I took a stroll through southern Lahaina on a Sunday afternoon early this … Continue reading

Personalized Cancer Therapy Gains Traction

Personalized cancer therapy steadily advances, as highlighted by key articles in Science and Nature this month. This blog tallies how individualized therapy is progressing against cancer, the world’s most challenging group of deadly diseases. Following a look at the context … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 5: Prostatectomy Cures BPH

Prostatectomy is the ultimate and definitive cure for prostate enlargement (BPH). This blog installment describes my experience with this surgery. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. They treat different aspects of hospital surgery in … Continue reading

Hospital Surgery 4: Prostate Enlargement Versus Cancer

Prostate enlargement (BPH) and prostate cancer are common conditions requiring vigilance by all men. BPH is more common and requires either medications or a surgical cure. I have divided this blog post on hospital surgery into five installments. They treat … Continue reading