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Mar, 2016

Perfusionist controls heart, lungs’ function during open heart surgery

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Mercy Medical Center cardiac perfusionist Chad Brady sits by the hospital's heart-lung machine that he operates. The machine, which is two years old and cost $80,000, maintains the circulation of blood and the oxygen content of the body during open heart surgery.         When a patient's heart and lungs need to be stopped during coronary artery bypass or valve repair surgery, Chad Brady takes over the vital…