Heart surgery

Heart surgery

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Surgery on the heart (cardiac) to implant an artificial (prosthetic) aorta

Credit: ANTONIA REEVE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Heart surgery. Image 3 of 9. Surgeon opening the heart during an operation to repair an aortic aneurysm. Stitches and a replacement aortic heart valve from a previous operation can be seen. A second operation is necessary because the wall of the aorta (the largest artery that leaves the heart) has become weakened, forming a dilation known as an aneurysm. Without surgery, an aneurysm can rupture with fatal consequences. During this operation, part of the aorta will be replaced with a prosthetic vessel. For a sequence showing the operation, see images M560/461 to M560/469.

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