Heart beat: Please don't let this be the wave of the future

Heart beat

Please don't let this be the wave of the future

Published: March, 2014

Two reports from the Annals of Thoracic Surgery offer a glimpse into how doctors are pushing the envelope when it comes to reducing complications from bypass surgery and minimizing recovery after it:

Awake heart surgery: (It hurts just to read that phrase!) Seven brave men and women agreed to have double- or triple-bypass surgery while fully awake. They felt no pain, though, thanks to epidural anesthesia. This is the type some women choose to ease the pain of childbirth.

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