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Why do you need coronary artery bypass surgery?

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Your coronary arteries supply your heart muscle with blood. If too much plaque builds up in them, they can narrow or even block your blood from passing through. If your heart can’t get enough blood or oxygen, you can have a heart attack.

If your coronary arteries are dangerously blocked, your doctor may recommend an operation to get around, or “bypass” the blockage. It’s like taking an alternate route to avoid a traffic jam. The operation builds that 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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