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What happens during open-heart coronary artery bypass surgery?

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The surgeon will make a long cut in your chest and open your rib cage. He may temporarily stop your heart to keep it still during the procedure. Your blood will keep moving through your body with the help of a heart-lung machine.

Then he’ll build your “bypass.” First, he’ll remove a healthy artery from your chest or wrist, or a vein from your leg. This is called a “graft.” He’ll attach it above and below the one that is blocked. You could need several grafts at once. For instance, if you get three grafts, that’s a “triple bypass.”

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?”

National Institute of Health: “What is Cardia Rehabilitation?”

MedlinePlus: “Coronary Artery Disease”

Mayo Clinic: “Coronary Bypass Surgery”

Cleveland Clinic: “Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?”

National Institute of Health: “What is Cardia Rehabilitation?”

MedlinePlus: “Coronary Artery Disease”

Mayo Clinic: “Coronary Bypass Surgery”

Cleveland Clinic: “Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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