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Cardiac surgery in the time of TAVR: swan song or rebirth?

EuroIntervention 2019;15:e222-e223. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I3A41

1. Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
Cardiac surgery started as the land of the nearly impossible. C. Walt Lillehei used a parent as a pump oxygenator in cross-circulation to repair congenital heart defects in children. John Gibbon developed the mechanical pump oxygenator ushering in the era of open heart surgery. Coronary artery bypass and cardiac valve replacement became possible and saved lives in previously hopeless situations. A high point seemed to be reached when Christiaan Barnard successfully transplanted the first human heart in what is arguably the most reported medical event to that date causing worldwide excitement. Technological developments started cardiac surgery and continued to build ...

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