A tiny tube that connects fragile arteries without the need for a needle and thread could revolutionise Britain’s most common heart operation.



The Y-shaped connector, inspired by the nuisance of inverted shirt sleeves and trouser legs, could be used in life-saving coronary by-pass operations within a few years. Using the plastic device, a graft artery can be connected in about 90 seconds, far quicker than in conventional surgery.

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