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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.
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

Nocturnal respiratory rate of heart patients can help predict the success of ICD treatment

Nocturnal respiratory rate of heart patients can help predict the success of ICD treatment

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