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Dr. Kennedy Cardioplegia is paralysis of the heart which can be done electively to stop the heart during heart surgery. Cardioplegia can be done using chemicals, cold (cryocardioplegia) or electrical stimulation. Cardiopulmonary bypass can be performed to bypass of the heart and lungs during open heart surgery. Blood returning to the heart is diverted through a heart-lung machine where it is oxygenated and carbon dioxide removed before returning it to the arterial circulation. The machine does the work both of the heart (pump blood) and the lungs (supply oxygen to red blood cells).

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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