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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.
MU researcher identifies resources to assist overburdened family caregivers

MU researcher identifies resources to assist overburdened family caregivers

Scoring system can help improve the diagnosis of concomitant heart diseases

Scoring system can help improve the diagnosis of concomitant heart diseases

Researchers develop new scoring system to screen for dual heart disease

Researchers develop new scoring system to screen for dual heart disease

Combination of polypill and aspirin can reduce cardiovascular events by up to 40%

Combination of polypill and aspirin can reduce cardiovascular events by up to 40%

Additional monitoring after cardiac surgery may be needed for patients at risk of atrial fibrillation

Additional monitoring after cardiac surgery may be needed for patients at risk of atrial fibrillation

Study reveals new source of abnormal lymphatic flow that may account for plastic bronchitis

Study reveals new source of abnormal lymphatic flow that may account for plastic bronchitis

Children with Kawasaki Disease at increased risk for cardiovascular events 10 years later

Children with Kawasaki Disease at increased risk for cardiovascular events 10 years later

Study: Two common methods used to protect the brain during aortic aneurysm repair are equally effective

Study: Two common methods used to protect the brain during aortic aneurysm repair are equally effective

Women with undiagnosed heart conditions at risk for pregnancy-related aortic dissection

Women with undiagnosed heart conditions at risk for pregnancy-related aortic dissection

Scientists create first atlas of human heart cells

Scientists create first atlas of human heart cells

Identifying, preventing and treating drug-induced arrhythmias

Identifying, preventing and treating drug-induced arrhythmias

3D-printed organ model can improve surgical outcomes for heart patients

3D-printed organ model can improve surgical outcomes for heart patients

AHA statement provides steps for reducing stroke risk in patients undergoing heart surgery

AHA statement provides steps for reducing stroke risk in patients undergoing heart surgery

Researchers shed new light on epigenetic changes associated with ADNP syndrome

Researchers shed new light on epigenetic changes associated with ADNP syndrome

UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks among the top 50 hospitals

UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks among the top 50 hospitals

Study reveals how overactive immune cells aggravate heart valve disease

Study reveals how overactive immune cells aggravate heart valve disease

Childhood heart defect increases risk of arrhythmia, heart failure in adulthood

Childhood heart defect increases risk of arrhythmia, heart failure in adulthood

Psychological factors matter more than physical performance for marine training

Psychological factors matter more than physical performance for marine training

Less invasive heart treatment now available to all Australians living with aortic stenosis

Less invasive heart treatment now available to all Australians living with aortic stenosis

Study: Nearly 10% of patients continue to use opioids more than 90 days after heart surgery

Study: Nearly 10% of patients continue to use opioids more than 90 days after heart surgery