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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

 
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Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a surgical procedure to improve poor blood flow to the heart. It may be needed when the arteries supplying blood to heart tissue, called coronary arteries, are narrowed or blocked. This surgery may lower the risk of serious complications for people who have obstructive coronary artery disease, a type of ischemic (restriction in blood supply to any tissues, muscle group or organ of the body) heart disease. CABG may also be used in an emergency, such as a severe heart attack, caused by an acute, or sudden obstruction of a coronary artery.
 

Who may benefit

People who have certain conditions, such as atherosclerotic heart disease causing obstructive coronary artery disease or during an emergency such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. Your heart care team will determine if CABG is right for you.
 

The procedure

CAGB uses blood vessels from another part of the body and connects them to blood vessels above and below the narrowed artery, bypassing the narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. One or more blood vessels may be used, depending on the severity and number of blockages.

Traditional CABG is the most common type of CABG surgery. This surgery takes about three to six hours, depending on how many arteries need to be bypassed. The patient remains in the hospital for about one week and may stay longer if needed, as determined by your care team.
 

Next steps

If you have heart disease and need help, we’re here for you. Call (920) 496-4700 for an appointment. Always call 911 in case of an emergency.
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