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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.
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

QUT leads study to improve quality of life for children with congenital heart disease

QUT leads study to improve quality of life for children with congenital heart disease

Researchers recommend TEG test to identify undetected blood clots in COVID-19 ICU patients

Researchers recommend TEG test to identify undetected blood clots in COVID-19 ICU patients

UC physician-researcher explores why TAVR doesn't work well for some patients

UC physician-researcher explores why TAVR doesn't work well for some patients

New immunotherapy for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer shows promise in clinical trial

New immunotherapy for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer shows promise in clinical trial

Cardiac surgery stalled as novel coronavirus spread

Cardiac surgery stalled as novel coronavirus spread

Blood clotting disorders may explain some of the worst symptoms of COVID-19

Blood clotting disorders may explain some of the worst symptoms of COVID-19

Innovative antibacterial solution enables professional-level dental hygiene at home

Innovative antibacterial solution enables professional-level dental hygiene at home

Treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients with anticoagulants may improve their survival chances

Treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients with anticoagulants may improve their survival chances

New study highlights inequity in access to TAVR procedure across Canada

New study highlights inequity in access to TAVR procedure across Canada

Trial confirms the effectiveness of TAVR strategy in a real-world setting

Trial confirms the effectiveness of TAVR strategy in a real-world setting

TAVR shows high rate of success and low risk of death in patients with bicuspid valve

TAVR shows high rate of success and low risk of death in patients with bicuspid valve

Study shows disparities in guideline-concordant treatment for NSCLC patients

Study shows disparities in guideline-concordant treatment for NSCLC patients

Clinical trial evaluates effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in patients with overactive bladder

Clinical trial evaluates effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in patients with overactive bladder

New cardiac rehabilitation program could save up to 19500 lives, prevent 49000 hospital admissions

New cardiac rehabilitation program could save up to 19500 lives, prevent 49000 hospital admissions

First patient in U.S. treated for atrial fibrillation using new type of ablation technology

First patient in U.S. treated for atrial fibrillation using new type of ablation technology

Researchers succeed in beating-heart surgery to repair mitral valve

Researchers succeed in beating-heart surgery to repair mitral valve