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Heart surgery is done to correct problems with the heart. More than half a million heart surgeries are done each year in the United States for a variety of heart problems. Heart surgery is used to correct heart problems in children and adults. This article discusses heart surgeries for adults. For more information about heart surgeries for children, see the Diseases and Conditions Index articles on congenital heart defects, holes in the heart, and tetralogy of Fallot.

The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). During CABG, surgeons use healthy arteries or veins taken from another part of the body to bypass (that is, go around) blocked arteries. CABG relieves chest pain and reduces the risk of heart attack.
Biomarkers in the teeth of orangutans provide new understanding of human breast-feeding evolution

Biomarkers in the teeth of orangutans provide new understanding of human breast-feeding evolution

New clinical study compares catheter-assisted therapy with surgical treatment for aortic valve stenosis

New clinical study compares catheter-assisted therapy with surgical treatment for aortic valve stenosis

Study finds effective treatment approach for preserving long-term vision in patients with severe uveitis

Study finds effective treatment approach for preserving long-term vision in patients with severe uveitis

Study shows how influenza A hijacks human cellular machinery to replicate

Study shows how influenza A hijacks human cellular machinery to replicate

New research identifies immunotherapy targets to offer hope for early-stage lung cancer patients

New research identifies immunotherapy targets to offer hope for early-stage lung cancer patients

Study: Patients operated by higher volume mitral surgeons experience lower mortality and reoperations

Study: Patients operated by higher volume mitral surgeons experience lower mortality and reoperations

IU researchers discover new therapy with potential to reverse damage from acute kidney injury

IU researchers discover new therapy with potential to reverse damage from acute kidney injury

Mount Sinai recognized as ‘Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ in HEI survey

Mount Sinai recognized as ‘Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ in HEI survey

Assuring Medical Equipment Reliability; The Role of Medical Connectors

Assuring Medical Equipment Reliability; The Role of Medical Connectors

Researchers show how dengue virus employs multiple tactics to evade immune detection

Researchers show how dengue virus employs multiple tactics to evade immune detection

New study reveals sympathetic nervous system as main driver of thermogenesis

New study reveals sympathetic nervous system as main driver of thermogenesis

Conscious sedation is viable option to general anesthesia for TAVR, UCLA study finds

Conscious sedation is viable option to general anesthesia for TAVR, UCLA study finds

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano achieves major milestone with 1,000th robotic surgery

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano achieves major milestone with 1,000th robotic surgery

Zika virus may pose increased risk to people previously infected with dengue and West Nile, study finds

Zika virus may pose increased risk to people previously infected with dengue and West Nile, study finds

Music therapy decreases pain in patients recovering from spine surgery

Music therapy decreases pain in patients recovering from spine surgery

Heroin use linked to epigenetic alterations in the brain

Heroin use linked to epigenetic alterations in the brain

Closing left atrial appendage linked to reduction in stroke risk for AFib patients

Closing left atrial appendage linked to reduction in stroke risk for AFib patients

Study reveals link between endovascular procedures and microbleeding in the brain

Study reveals link between endovascular procedures and microbleeding in the brain

Palliative care consults for advanced cancer patients linked to improvement in multiple quality measures

Palliative care consults for advanced cancer patients linked to improvement in multiple quality measures

Mount Sinai researchers review progress made in using ketamine and other therapies to treat depression

Mount Sinai researchers review progress made in using ketamine and other therapies to treat depression