International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery Launches Educational Website to Raise Awareness of Treatment Options for Coronary Artery Disease

PR Newswire — February 1, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) today announced the launch of, a comprehensive resource to help patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) better understand their condition and be more prepared, educated and active participants in their treatment decisions. The first phase of the website focuses on coronary artery disease (CAD), a type of CVD that affects approximately 17.6 million Americans and is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Once a patient is diagnosed with CAD, a treatment decision must be made quickly. Receiving the right treatment the first time means patients may live longer, have fewer heart attacks and need fewer repeat procedures. To aid patients in this decision, provides tools and information such as:

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