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I’m Art Chester. I write about technology: surprises from the world of science, and their practical application in everyday life. I also write fiction about life in the research lab.

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Heart Surgery 5 – Surgery Cost: Medicare Coverage and Hospital Staff

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Surgery cost is amazingly high. One part of the reason is the large numbers of staff required to deliver a high quality hospital experience. The tally of my own heart surgery cost illustrates more than anything else how important it … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 4 – Life Beyond: Post Surgery Recovery

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Surgery recovery is an important step following heart surgery. The surgery itself has one goal: to help you live beyond the surgery. However, before “beyond” comes, you have to get through weeks & months of post surgery recovery. This blog … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 3 – Valve Surgery Operation & the Intensive Care Unit

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Valve surgery in the heart is a modern miracle. It’s risky, involving many precise steps. It’s amazing that anyone survives the operation! Here’s a step-by-step guide through a typical heart valve surgery as well as the post-op intensive care area. … Continue reading

Heart Surgery 2 – What Brings Us to the Operating Room Before Surgery

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Before surgery, seventy percent of us will develop heart disease. If we’re lucky, we’ll survive long enough to reach the operating room and get help. This blog hopes to make you one of those lucky folks! This is part 2 … Continue reading