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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.
NYU Langone ranked as the top academic health system in the U.S.

NYU Langone ranked as the top academic health system in the U.S.

Black patients have higher risk of advanced vision loss after glaucoma diagnosis compared to whites

Black patients have higher risk of advanced vision loss after glaucoma diagnosis compared to whites

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with high blood viscosity have greater risk of death

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with high blood viscosity have greater risk of death

Mount Sinai receives $4.2 million to establish a Proteogenomic Data Analysis Center

Mount Sinai receives $4.2 million to establish a Proteogenomic Data Analysis Center

Specific form of age-related macular degeneration linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke risk

Specific form of age-related macular degeneration linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke risk

Nuclear stress testing can help shape physicians' decision to refer patients for heart procedures

Nuclear stress testing can help shape physicians' decision to refer patients for heart procedures

Black individuals may be more vulnerable to atherosclerosis early in life than young Hispanic adults

Black individuals may be more vulnerable to atherosclerosis early in life than young Hispanic adults

Immune particles from llama blood could offer protection against several COVID-19 variants

Immune particles from llama blood could offer protection against several COVID-19 variants

Nitric oxide use in cardiopulmonary bypass surgery does not improve the recovery of children

Nitric oxide use in cardiopulmonary bypass surgery does not improve the recovery of children

Study quantifies the cardiovascular risk posed by specific environmental exposures

Study quantifies the cardiovascular risk posed by specific environmental exposures

Study finds racial and ethnic disparities in cardiac rehabilitation participation regardless of income

Study finds racial and ethnic disparities in cardiac rehabilitation participation regardless of income

Urgent action needed to clear heart surgery backlogs, research suggests

Urgent action needed to clear heart surgery backlogs, research suggests

Researchers identify a signature of three genes linked to positive response to blood cancer therapy

Researchers identify a signature of three genes linked to positive response to blood cancer therapy

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center retains No. 1 rank in North Carolina

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center retains No. 1 rank in North Carolina

COVID-19 vaccination associated with reduction in hospitalizations and mortality among heart failure patients

COVID-19 vaccination associated with reduction in hospitalizations and mortality among heart failure patients

Liquid biopsy could better predict immunotherapy response in lung cancer patients than tumor biopsy

Liquid biopsy could better predict immunotherapy response in lung cancer patients than tumor biopsy

Stem cell model could provide insights into biological mechanisms that underlie neuropsychiatric disorders

Stem cell model could provide insights into biological mechanisms that underlie neuropsychiatric disorders

Study shows how stress has a major impact on the immune system's ability to fight infections

Study shows how stress has a major impact on the immune system's ability to fight infections

Reduced exercise capacity is common in long COVID patients

Reduced exercise capacity is common in long COVID patients

Multi-center trial shows promising results for implant-free interatrial shunt device to treat heart failure patients

Multi-center trial shows promising results for implant-free interatrial shunt device to treat heart failure patients