Blood transfusions for heart surgery: Less necessary than in the past

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These days, people undergoing routine openheart surgery usually don't need a blood transfusion. Improved ways to minimize blood loss have driven this trend.

Cardiac surgeons can take steps to avoid the need for a transfusion.

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