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Sunnybrook hospital live tweets heart surgery

Live-tweeting has become common at awards shows and other major events — now it’s taking us inside the operating room.

From 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, the social media team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre live tweeted a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) — or cabbage, as the acronym is pronounced.

Those following the surgery could read the live tweets via @Sunnybrook and the hashtag “SBheart” for tweets and photos of the surgery as it happened.

Sunnybrook is not the first hospital to do this. That accomplishment goes to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital which provided live tweets during open heart surgery of a 57-year-old man on Feb. 21, 2012. The hospital also live tweeted an operation of a 21-year-old woman in May 2012 who underwent brain surgery.

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During the Sunnybrook operation, people were also able to ask questions, which were answered in real time.

The event was meant to educate the public about heart disease.

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