Hospital Live-Tweets Entire Open Heart Surgery [WARNING: GRAPHIC]

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There are many times when it is inappropriate to tweet. At dinner, for one. In the middle of a movie. And, in most cases, open heart surgery.

Dr. Paresh Patel, however, had a good reason to tweet during a 57-year-old patient’s double-coronary artery bypass — to create awareness for Heart Month, an initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the United States.

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Dr. Michael Macris, medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Memorial Hermann Northwest in Houston, performed the surgery while Patel performed the important duties of tweeting, taking photos and answering live questions from some of @houstonhospital‘s 4,910 followers, according to Texas Monthly.

The hospital then put together a Storify of the whole affair, which is both informative and very, very graphic. Seriously, if you are squeamish, do not scroll down.

Warning: Graphic medical photos and videos below…