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Cardiovascular surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in
surgery of the heart and blood vessels. They typically perform heart surgeries
and treat people who have a blockage in the blood vessels leading to the heart
(coronary artery disease) or problems with heart valves. They may also do certain thoracic (chest and lung) surgeries.
Cardiovascular surgeons may further specialize in treating people
of specific age groups, such as pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, who only
treat children and often treat heart problems related to birth defects.
Cardiovascular surgeons can be board-certified by the Board of
Surgery in general surgery or vascular surgery. The Board of Surgery is
recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Current as of:
August 17, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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