Any surgical procedure opening the heart and exposing one or more of its chambers, most often to repair valve disease or correct congenital heart malformations (see congenital heart disease). Invention of the heart-lung machine (see artificial heart), which allows the heart to be stopped during surgery, made it possible. The first successful open-heart surgery was performed in the U.S. in 1953 by John H. Gibbon, Jr., to close an atrial septal defect.
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"I Think Her Mother Loves Me" was the first single from the album. A remixed, slightly poppier version was released. "Better for You" was the second single, and it too was released in a shorter radio edit. The tracks "You're the Girl" and "Picked Apart" were previously released on the band's self-released CDs while they were still known as Gumwrapper Curb. "Picked Apart" was originally entitled "Virgin Wool".
The album is now out of print.