Heart surgery is a frightening prospect for anyone. Few people realise how much techniques have improved since surgery was first used in the 1950s. Undergoing a heart procedure need not mean spending weeks in hospital and months recuperating.
Increasingly, advances such as keyhole surgery are helping patients recover more quickly. The risks associated with surgery and anaesthesia have also declined, making it a good choice for people whose health and quality of life would otherwise by compromised by heart problems.
How the heart works.