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What is a cardiovascular surgeon?

A cardiovascular surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the surgical repair of the heart and blood vessels damaged by diseases or medical disorders. Some surgeons specialize in performing surgery on both the heart and the lungs. They are called cardiothoracic surgeons.

To become a cardiovascular surgeon or a cardiothoracic surgeon, an individual graduates from a four-year medical school, completes another three to four years of training to become a general surgeon and an additional one to three years of training in the specialty of cardiovascular or cardiothoracic surgery.

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