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How does a surgeon operate on a beating heart?

When a surgeon performs a procedure on a beating heart, he or she uses an octopus suction stabilization device. This device uses tiny suction cups that attach themselves to the heart to hold it steady. The device accomplishes this by lifting heart tissue and holding it while it is being operated on.

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