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If you’ve been scheduled for a heart operation, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.

About the Operation

A heart operation involves surgery on the heart or the large vessels that surround it, and is performed by heart surgeons. A heart operation is needed to treat problems associated with heart disease, for fixing heart problems that you may have been born with, or for fixing damage done to the heart or vessels. It also includes heart transplantation.

Usually, you will stay in the hospital for about 4 to 7 days.

Read our guide to learn more about your heart operation, or click on the topic that matters most to you.

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Cardiovascular Surgery ​​​