More bad news for patients who have undergone heart surgery in the past five years. A new study suggests about one-third of heater-cooler units used in cardiac procedures remain contaminated with a slow-growing, potentially fatal bacteria.

Heart failure is the leading cause of death in the US. On average, someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds. Heart health is critical to life, and heart-bypass surgery can be a lifesaver to those with heart disease. In recent years, however, researchers have discovered that the equipment used during surgery can spread dangerous bacteria.

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