Open Heart Surgery Art of Medicine

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During heart surgery, a highly trained group works as a team.

  • The cardiovascular surgeon heads up the surgery team and performs the key parts of the surgery.
  • The assisting surgeons follow the direction of the cardiovascular surgeon.
  • The cardiovascular anesthesiologist gives you the medicines that make you sleep during the surgery (called anesthesia) and monitors the ventilator, which breathes for you during surgery.
  • The perfusion technologists run the heart-lung machine.
  • The cardiovascular nurses are specially trained to assist in heart surgery.

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