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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.
Study: Valvular heart disease in patients with chronic heart failure has been underestimated

Study: Valvular heart disease in patients with chronic heart failure has been underestimated

New practice guideline includes recommendations for reducing blood loss during heart surgery

New practice guideline includes recommendations for reducing blood loss during heart surgery

Researchers successfully implanted the first artificial tubular muscle in vivo

Researchers successfully implanted the first artificial tubular muscle in vivo

New tool allows surgeons to pinpoint breast tumors more easily

New tool allows surgeons to pinpoint breast tumors more easily

New hydrogel prevents the formation of adhesions after cardiac surgery

New hydrogel prevents the formation of adhesions after cardiac surgery

Printable biosensor enables simultaneous recording and imaging of tissues, organs during surgery

Printable biosensor enables simultaneous recording and imaging of tissues, organs during surgery

New bio-inks for biosensors could make surgery safer

New bio-inks for biosensors could make surgery safer

Researchers analyze coronary angiography video interpolation methods to reduce X-ray exposure frequency

Researchers analyze coronary angiography video interpolation methods to reduce X-ray exposure frequency

New device detects signs of sudden cardiac death

New device detects signs of sudden cardiac death

Simple surgery saves patients with heart arrhythmia caused by often-lethal strokes

Simple surgery saves patients with heart arrhythmia caused by often-lethal strokes

Novel technology can be effective non-surgical treatment option for congenital heart disease patients

Novel technology can be effective non-surgical treatment option for congenital heart disease patients

Analysis reveals benefits of using longer covered stent in patients with rare congenital heart disease

Analysis reveals benefits of using longer covered stent in patients with rare congenital heart disease

Surgery to correct congenital heart disease linked to increased risk of adult hypertension

Surgery to correct congenital heart disease linked to increased risk of adult hypertension

Study: Patients with chronic kidney disease have high risk of acute kidney injury

Study: Patients with chronic kidney disease have high risk of acute kidney injury

FDA approves non-surgical heart valve to treat patients with certain types of congenital heart disease

FDA approves non-surgical heart valve to treat patients with certain types of congenital heart disease

Otago researchers find how to treat heart disease in type-2 diabetics

Otago researchers find how to treat heart disease in type-2 diabetics

Silent heart attacks appear to increase future stroke risk in older adults

Silent heart attacks appear to increase future stroke risk in older adults

Push is on for states to ban organ transplant discrimination

Push is on for states to ban organ transplant discrimination

COVID effect resulted in substantial decline in heart surgery, caused more patient deaths

COVID effect resulted in substantial decline in heart surgery, caused more patient deaths

Study shows promising outcomes of new mitral valve replacement procedure in high-risk patients

Study shows promising outcomes of new mitral valve replacement procedure in high-risk patients