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Open-heart surgery is a general term for a surgical procedure that involves making a midline incision in the sternum (breast bone) to access the heart. The sternum is split in half and pulled back with retractors to expose the heart. The heart can then be placed on a bypass machine if necessary to keep oxygenated blood moving through the body. Further surgery on the heart can then be performed.
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