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during an open heart surgery, does the heart stop before they put the heart lung machine or they put it while the heart is beating?

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Dr. David Greenfield
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
After: The heart lung machine takes over the function of the heart and lungs so that it becomes safe to make the heart stop after the person is put on the heart lung machine. (so, a patient is first put on the heart lung machine while the heart is still beating>).
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
On bypass: Goes on the bypass machine and then stop the heart with potassium solution _cardioplegia.

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