How often do people die on the table during heart operation?

Depends. It depends on the age, type of heart surgery, condition of the heart going into the surgery, presence or absence of lung, kidney and liver disease, age and physical condition. In most routine heart surgeries the chance of dying is less than 2%. Surgery is generally not considered if risk is over 8 to 10%.

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What would doctors do if someone went into cardiac arrest during heart operation?

Happens everyday! It's standard operating procedure in many heart operations for the surgeon to stop or arrest the heart and put the patient temporarily on a heart-lung machine. In fact, if one should suffer an unexpected cardiac arrest, the heart operating room is the very best place in the world for it to happen (since the resuscitation statistics there are stellar.).
ACLS... If a patient suffers cardiac arrest, cardiac protocols are followed. Treatment includes possibly cpr, shocking the heart depending on the rhythm present and giving medications. If the arrest occurs during open heart surgery, the heart can be manually pumped and directly shocked. Acls, advanced cardiac life support, protocols are followed. Doctors are specifically trained to handle this emergency.
Do their best. They would do their best to revive the heart and bring it back, using CPR or even shocking.

Why do people die sometimes in heart surgery?

Extrememly rare. It's exceedingly rare to die in heart surgery. When it occurs, it's usually because there were complicating factors going in such as severe underlying lung disease and/or generalized atherosclerosis with previous stroke, and/or overall poor health and advanced age. The malnourished or extremely obese, and/or diabetic person with poor kidney function & a weak, damaged heart is at increased risk.
Heart surgery. People die associated with every kind of surgery including heart surgery. There are general surgical risks and specific risks to heart surgery. While surgical mortality is decreasing, likely it will never get to zero. Heart surgery patients are sometimes in very bad shape and carry high risk, these are more often those who die, death is rare in patients with low surgical risk.

My friend, 37, had heart surgery in feb. Dr. Say he's fine but he worries everyday that he will die. Any suggestions? Its affecting his life.

He needs a plan. Worry is a nonproductive, paralyzing emotion. He should be grateful he now knows his condition, received treatment and can do something about changing his future. Victim mentality? I don't think that works. Talk to others including medical professionals, read and most importantly develop a detailed action plan. Start today!
Cardiac rehab. Working out with others and testing his recovery is likely to restore his confidence and skills, and get over the depression and fear.

What are the odds of dying during heart surgery at the age of 16?

Low. A lot depends on the type of procedure, as well the condition of the patient. This is the 21st century, and the mortality rates have gone down dramatically.
It depends. Surgical risk depends on many factors. Age, other medical problems, and overall conditions are important. Also important are the heart anatomy, previous surgery, heart function, and the planned operation. A physician, particularly a surgeon, can provide more specific advice about risk around the time of surgery.

How can the heart stay alive during heart surgery?

It varies.. Depending on the operation, different strategies are employed to make sure the heart's metabolic demands are met. Sometimes the heart is kept beating with its normal blood supply. Sometimes the heart is stopped temporarily and cooled so it doesn't need as much oxygen. In these situation, some oxygen can still be delivered to the heart through it's arteries or veins.

What do you suggest if my left lat muscle was cut during heart surgery when I was 17 days old.?

Cardiology Consult. Not sure which muscle you are referring to, but if you are concerned about any long-term effects on your heart, consider seeing a cardiologist who can literally test your heart to see if their was any permanent damage. The cardiologist can also determine if your early heart surgery corrected whatever problems were present at birth.