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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.
Intravascular imaging improves survival in heart disease patients undergoing stent placement

Intravascular imaging improves survival in heart disease patients undergoing stent placement

Bridging the gap in pediatric heart care with advanced devices

Bridging the gap in pediatric heart care with advanced devices

A century of progress: American Heart Association's historic journey and future directions

A century of progress: American Heart Association's historic journey and future directions

Hospital size not the only factor in pediatric heart surgery outcomes

Hospital size not the only factor in pediatric heart surgery outcomes

A certain type of chemotherapy found to improve the immune system's ability to fight off bladder cancer

A certain type of chemotherapy found to improve the immune system's ability to fight off bladder cancer

Socioeconomic barriers hinder prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects

Socioeconomic barriers hinder prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects

New AI tool accurately predicts how patients would fare after surgeries

New AI tool accurately predicts how patients would fare after surgeries

Researchers encourage flexible approach to blood transfusion decisions for heart attack patients with anemia

Researchers encourage flexible approach to blood transfusion decisions for heart attack patients with anemia

Diagnosing early-stage lung cancer with CT screening improves survival rate

Diagnosing early-stage lung cancer with CT screening improves survival rate

Pulsed field ablation safe and effective for women with atrial fibrillation

Pulsed field ablation safe and effective for women with atrial fibrillation

Study helps identify children at the highest risk of severe RSV infection

Study helps identify children at the highest risk of severe RSV infection

Study shows TAVR as a good alternative to open-heart surgery in younger patients with aortic stenosis

Study shows TAVR as a good alternative to open-heart surgery in younger patients with aortic stenosis

Chemotherapy plus immunotherapy improves survival in patients with metastatic urothelial cancer

Chemotherapy plus immunotherapy improves survival in patients with metastatic urothelial cancer

Hackensack University Medical Center establishes new Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Health

Hackensack University Medical Center establishes new Center for Weight Loss and Metabolic Health

New recommendations to improve outcomes at US congenital heart surgery centers

New recommendations to improve outcomes at US congenital heart surgery centers

Can deep brain stimulation unlock the cure for severe depression?

Can deep brain stimulation unlock the cure for severe depression?

Low socioeconomic status can negatively impact children's health starting in preschool, study finds

Low socioeconomic status can negatively impact children's health starting in preschool, study finds

Henry Ford Health performs first K-Clip procedure in the U.S. to treat severe tricuspid regurgitation

Henry Ford Health performs first K-Clip procedure in the U.S. to treat severe tricuspid regurgitation

Asian Americans have the highest PFAS exposure, study finds

Asian Americans have the highest PFAS exposure, study finds

North Carolina hospitals have sued thousands of their patients, a new report finds

North Carolina hospitals have sued thousands of their patients, a new report finds