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Are blood transfusions used in cardiac surgery?

Blood-product transfusions are often used during cardiac surgery to offset the morbidity and mortality associated with anemia. Cardiac operations utilize nearly 20% of the blood supply in the United States. 

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Why would a person need a plasma transfusion?
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Plasma is commonly transfused for severe liver disease or multiple clotting factor deficiencies.
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What blood transfusion options do I have?
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What is different between whole blood and blood components transfusion?
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What are the risks associated with blood transfusions?
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