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Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Coronary artery bypass surgery is the most common "open heart" operation performed in the United States. Another name for this procedure is coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG – pronounced "cabbage"). It is one way to treat clogged arteries in the heart. Deposits of calcium, cholesterol, fat and other materials that build up in the wall of arteries, called plaques, can block the normal flow of blood. When this happens, the heart muscle may not receive enough oxygen-rich blood, and you may experience chest pain, a heart attack or even death. Bypass surgery uses blood vessels to go around, or bypass, the blocked coronary arteries. This allows the blood to get to the heart muscle so it can function normally. Like every other muscle in your body, your heart muscle needs blood and oxygen to do its job. However, keep in mind that this does not alter the process that caused the blockage in the first place. Only changes to your diet, exercise routine and medications can treat the underlying disease.

With this video you'll learn about the surgery and what you can expect during recovery and rehabilitation.

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