Heart surgery

Heart surgery

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Surgery on the heart to replace a cardiac valve with an artificial (prosthetic) valve

Credit: AJ PHOTO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Heart surgery. Image 9 of. 24 Surgeon attaching a patient to a heart-lung machine during heart surgery. A metal retractor is keeping the chest open. The tubes will join the patient's arteries and veins to the heart-lung machine (on floor at centre), which maintains the patient's circulation while the heart is temporarily stopped. The heart is being prepared for heart valve replacement surgery. For a sequence showing the operation, see images M560/494 to M560/517.

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