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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.

  • Troubled Hearts
    Explore annotated photos of diseased hearts and find out what ails them.

  • Map of the Human Heart (Hot Science)
    See exactly how blood flows through the amazing muscle called the human heart and learn fascinating heart facts.




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