Welcome to the companion Web site for the NOVA program, "Cut to the Heart," originally broadcast on April 8, 1997. The program explores a radical but
promising new form of heart surgery that flies in the face of what most heart
surgeons learned in medical school. Here's what you'll find online:
Pioneers of Heart Surgery
Learn how military doctors working during World War II pioneered advances in antibiotics, anesthesia, and blood transfusions that ushered in the age of modern surgery.
Treating a Sick Heart
Read this overview of how the heart works, what heart failure is, and how to treat it, from noted physician Robert Soufer.
Explore annotated photos of diseased hearts and find out what ails them.