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Preserve the biodiversity of cardiovascular medicine! Adopt a cardiac surgeon!

EuroIntervention 2019;15:577-579. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV15I7A106

1. University Heart Center Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland


In recent years, cardiac surgery has experienced an unprecedented crisis. Once the “lion king” of the forest, undisturbed owner of structural interventions, the cardiac surgeon has lost his/her exclusivity advantage. Catheter-based structural interventions are emerging as the first-line option for many patients, and more will come in the future.

Is cardiac surgery becoming obsolete, will it disappear? Probably not, but there is a need for a dramatic change to avoid extinction! There is a risk of losing the important contribution of surgeons to the field, and the knowledge base developed over the years –a ...

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