Monthly Archives: December 2014

Having Heart Surgery Is Like Flying, NY Med Doc Says

I found this article to be very enlightening: The emotional thoughts of a cardiac surgeon. cheers!

My Crazy Life


By Michael Argenziano, M.D.
Photo by Nicolas Raymond/Flickr

I’m a cardiac surgeon. I’m lots of other things, of course-a husband, father, and Little League coach-but I’ve spent the 30 years since high school graduation essentially working toward one goal, to become the best cardiac surgeon I can be.

Cardiac surgery appealed to me because it was a chance to make a real, measurable impact on the lives of people every single day, helping people out of literally life-threatening situations. As much as I enjoy this, it is the impact that these operations have on their extended families that is most gratifying. I am reminded of the importance of human life every day when I walk into the family waiting room after performing surgery, to find as many as dozens of people, usually from multiple generations, waiting on pins and needles to learn if their family member is going to be…

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