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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.
Simple walking test helps identify patients at high risk for postoperative cognitive dysfunction

Simple walking test helps identify patients at high risk for postoperative cognitive dysfunction

Study finds no connection between weekday for lung cancer operation and patient survival

Study finds no connection between weekday for lung cancer operation and patient survival

Palliative care associated with shorter hospital stays and lower costs, study shows

Palliative care associated with shorter hospital stays and lower costs, study shows

New initiative launched to support goals of Human Cell Atlas

New initiative launched to support goals of Human Cell Atlas

New leadless pacemakers carry reduced risks of complications and are less invasive

New leadless pacemakers carry reduced risks of complications and are less invasive

Expert group presents framework to address physician burnout

Expert group presents framework to address physician burnout

Minimally invasive surgical device may one day provide lasting heart repair

Minimally invasive surgical device may one day provide lasting heart repair

Medicaid is rural America’s financial midwife

Medicaid is rural America’s financial midwife

Researchers show complex link between physical, behavioral characteristics and brain health

Researchers show complex link between physical, behavioral characteristics and brain health

Technology-based program increases cardiac rehab referral rates

Technology-based program increases cardiac rehab referral rates

People 85 and older with high cholesterol have reduced risk for cognitive decline, study reports

People 85 and older with high cholesterol have reduced risk for cognitive decline, study reports

Children from low-income areas have poor outcomes after heart surgery, study finds

Children from low-income areas have poor outcomes after heart surgery, study finds

Catheter-based procedure increases treatment options for mitral valve disease

Catheter-based procedure increases treatment options for mitral valve disease

Study reveals increased disease risk after early heart surgery

Study reveals increased disease risk after early heart surgery

Scientists explore connection between bad sleep habits and stiff blood vessels

Scientists explore connection between bad sleep habits and stiff blood vessels

Participation of family members in basic care enhances healing of hospitalized patients

Participation of family members in basic care enhances healing of hospitalized patients

CHLA participates in clinical trial using stem cells to treat rare congenital heart defect

CHLA participates in clinical trial using stem cells to treat rare congenital heart defect

Novel grape-derived compounds could be developed as therapeutic agents for treatment of depression

Novel grape-derived compounds could be developed as therapeutic agents for treatment of depression

Research can be first step in harnessing power of artificial intelligence to interpret medical scans

Research can be first step in harnessing power of artificial intelligence to interpret medical scans

Mount Sinai study uncovers potential link between poor diet and back injuries

Mount Sinai study uncovers potential link between poor diet and back injuries