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Tension runs high but surgeon scores medical first

Nick Miller
November 25, 2009

STICKING a needle through a living heart is always a tense moment. The tension was even higher yesterday, as physicians at Southern Health’s MonashHeart performed an Australia-first operation that could improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with heart arrhythmia.

Watched by experts from around the country, Dr Jeffrey Alison carefully pressed his catheter needle into the septum separating the top two chambers of the patient’s heart.

 

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