In August, 2004, a survey of cardiac surgery
facilities in Panama was undertaken, 2.8 million Panamanians receive cardiac
surgery in six centers
includes over 700 offshore islands and is the connecting link (the
Isthmus of Panama) between North and South America.
It also separates the Caribbean Sea from the Pacific Ocean via the vital Panama Canal. Control of the canal was returned to Panama on December 31, 1999.
The fertile land of Panama rises into a narrow corridor of mountains. Coastal weather is tropical (hot and humid), with a steamy May - December rainy season.