Harvard Heart Letter

Hybrid heart surgery expands options

Heart problems tend to come in clumps. Arteries clog. Valves don't open or close all the way. The heart's rhythm becomes irregular. Many people face not one but two or more treatment decisions. Just a few years ago, someone who required multiple cardiac procedures might have had separate procedures done by specialists working in different parts of a hospital. This fragmented approach to care is starting to change. People who need more than one type of heart procedure may be able to have them done in a hybrid operating suite, reducing risk and some recovery times.
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