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How to mend the heart but spare the mind

Minimal manipulation of the heart and blood vessels may be the way to limit brain damage from coronary artery bypass.

Fixing broken hearts is something that modern medicine does remarkably well. But another pretty important organ, the brain, sometimes pays a steep price for these cardiac marvels.

Improved equipment and techniques have lowered the risk for stroke after coronary artery bypass surgery to less than 3%.

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