Open-heart surgery in Jehovah's Witness patients.

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Open-heart surgery has been performed since 1975 on 25 patients who are Jehovah's Witnesses by religion. The patients' ages ranged from 6-60 years, and their body weights from 18-51 kg. Surgical procedures included correction of congenital heart disease in 14 patients and valve repair or replacement in 11. Six procedures were reoperations. The lowest mean… (More)

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