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Information for patients

The St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's Cardiac Sciences Program are notifying adult patients who have had open heart surgery in Winnipeg since 2012 about a potential infection risk related to their surgery. Patients who have had surgery and might be affected will be notified by mail. Patients who received a pacemaker or defibrillator, cardiac catheterizations, or angioplasties are not at risk.

We are not aware of any patients who have developed this infection following open heart surgery in Winnipeg.

For people who have been exposed to the bacteria during open heart surgery, symptoms of this infection may appear several months or even years after surgery and may include:

- Night sweats
- Muscle aches
- Weight loss
- Fatigue
- Unexplained fever
- Redness, heat, or pus around the cut in your chest (sternal surgical incision)

We encourage you to discuss any symptoms of questions you may have with your family doctor. You may also call the St. Boniface Hospital Cardiac Clinic line at 1-877-358-0426. You will be asked to leave your name and number and someone will return your call.

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In the News

Dr. Davinder Jassal has been featured in a recent article in the Fall/Winter 2016 edition of the St Boniface Foundation's magazine "Believe" on Improving Care for Cardiac Patients. Read the article HERE.

Dr. Zlatko Pozeg and the TEVAR team were highlighted in the July/August 2016 edition of the WRHA’s WAVE magazine, for successfully performing a TEVAR (thoracic endovascular aortic repair) on a patient with a dissection of the ascending aorta. This procedure has been performed numerous times on patients with descending aortic dissections, but this was only the second case in the world in which a patient with an ascending aortic dissection was successfully treated with TEVAR. Read more about it by clicking this link: Close To The Heart

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