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Cut to the Heart (#2409)

When a new, revolutionary type of heart surgery is performed in Brazil, the world of medicine becomes divided. Dr. Randas Batista, a Brazilian cardiologist and heart surgeon, has developed a method of removing large areas of patients' hearts in cases of congestive heart failure due to the organ's enlargement. The procedure is controversial in the United States because of Batista's lack of patient follow-up information and hence, an unknown success rate among his patients. Should doctors in the United States offer the surgery to those patients waiting for heart donors, in a country where only 2500 donor hearts are available each year? Or will the procedure shorten these lives even more? This episode examines the controversies within the medical community and provides graphic, close-up footage of the surgery. The program also follows two case studies within the United States, chronicling the benefits and frustrations of those who have undergone the surgery. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
432 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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