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1. heartstrings The deepest feelings or affections: a tug at the heartstrings.
2. One of the nerves or tendons formerly believed to brace and sustain the heart.
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HEARTSTRING Proximal Seal System Reduces the Risk of Neurological Complications During Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting --
The cuckoo, with its single gaping beak, cannot duplicate the visual pull of a throng of baby warbler beaks, so it tugs at the parents' other heartstring.
April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC today announced the launch of HEARTSTRING III Proximal Seal System for coronary artery bypass surgery procedures.
When you get that yank on your heartstring, then you've got a winner.
The HEARTSTRING System's potential to decrease the risk of major complications in traditional and beating-heart bypass procedures makes this an important addition to the portfolio of innovative products Guidant provides cardiac surgeons, and another step forward in the transformation of cardiac surgery," said Nicky Spaulding, president, Cardiac Surgery, Guidant Corporation.
Fans and patrons of Pop Recs Ltd were understandably gutted earlier this year when Dave Harper and Michael McKnight (of Frankie and the Heartstrings founding fame) announced that the Fawcett Street venue, which they had crafted into a combined record store, coffee shop, art gallery and community space, was going to close while they looked for a new place to be.
The holidays are a time for families to enjoy being together and this latest accident will pull at the heartstrings of every parent.
Sunderland's Frankie and The Heartstrings jolly jaunt across the UK came to a fitting funtime finale at the Westgarth Social Club topping a blindingly good bill.
I'd had several offers to manage back in the Premier League, I've spoken to several clubs in different countries but the only place that has really tugged at the heartstrings and made me think this is the right club has been Sociedad.
Peter Bacon Rock & Pop Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy MAKE of him what you will, but there is little doubt Damien Rice knows how to write a tune to tug on the heartstrings.
Fighting everything from asthma to brain infections these inspirational film-makers like Sam (above) won't so much tug at your heartstrings but strangle you with them.
THE DOG RESCUERS C5 8pm Alan Davies and his RSPCA angels, including Inspector Emma Stainthorpe (right), continue to tug at our heartstrings as they save more pooches in need of love and a new life.