New heart procedure gives new option to those too weak for surgery

archarji bypass
Dr. Subasit Archarji | Watch the full video >

If a heart emergency is complicated with multiple blockages, the solution is normally bypass surgery. But what happens if those patients are even too sick for surgery?


Now there is another option. More and more heart centers across the country are adopting new techniques to give even the sickest patients new hope by using an artificial heart to save the patient… without surgery.


Dr. Subasit Acharji, a cardiologist and Texas Tech Physician says, "Now we have minimally invasive heart support which we can place in the cath lab itself. We can support the heart and even open up multiple blockages which could only be treated with open heart by-pass surgery in the past."


Dr. Acharji says this is very exciting because now even patients who were considered too high risk for surgery in the past have a new option to give them longer, healthier lives without the risk of bypass surgery and the difficult recovery that follows.

Related Stories

How Does Your Garden Grow?

As spring approaches, some people’s thoughts turn to gardening. Whether it’s a flower garden they desire or a vegetable garden want to have, they begin planning what they’ll plant and what they need to do to ensure a successful garden.

Adopt a Growth Mindset for a Better Life

A “growth mindset” accepts that our intelligence and talents can develop over time, and a person with that mindset understands that intelligence and talents can improve through effort and learning.

Drug Use, Family History Can Lead to Heart Disease in Younger Adults

Abstaining from drug abuse and an early diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) can help prevent heart disease.

Recent Stories


The TTUHSC Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Welcomes Ben Carson as Power of the Purse Keynote Speaker

Retired neurosurgeon and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, M.D., delivered a keynote address at the Power of the Purse luncheon and fundraiser today (April 18).


Filling the Gap: PA Impact on Rural Health Care

Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education Elesea Villegas, MPAS, PA-C, spoke about the challenges rural health care currently faces and how PAs are stepping up to better serve the rural patient population.


School of Pharmacy Remembers Contributions of Key Collaborator

Cynthia Nash, Pharm.D., served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice for the School, and was an instrumental collaborator and key ally in our partnership with the Dallas VA North Texas Health Care System.