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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.
New shunt procedure may save infants with underdeveloped heart

New shunt procedure may save infants with underdeveloped heart

Researchers develop software tools to search and compare patient data at hospitals across Europe

Researchers develop software tools to search and compare patient data at hospitals across Europe

Millar Instruments signs distribution partnership with Transonic Systems

Millar Instruments signs distribution partnership with Transonic Systems

Improved method of chest closure may set new standard of care for open-heart surgery

Improved method of chest closure may set new standard of care for open-heart surgery

First pediatric hospital to discharge child with mechanical heart assist device

First pediatric hospital to discharge child with mechanical heart assist device

New FDA-approved heart pump for high-risk patients

New FDA-approved heart pump for high-risk patients

Risk of postoperative visual loss is highest after heart surgery

Risk of postoperative visual loss is highest after heart surgery

NeoChord commences patient enrollment in its TACT European clinical trial

NeoChord commences patient enrollment in its TACT European clinical trial

Medtronic reports outcome of its Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve trial

Medtronic reports outcome of its Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve trial

PolyMedix completes second successful clinical study of PMX-60056

PolyMedix completes second successful clinical study of PMX-60056

Comparison study between pre and postoperative BNP measurements for predicting negative outcomes after CABG surgery

Comparison study between pre and postoperative BNP measurements for predicting negative outcomes after CABG surgery

New urine tests may help predict kidney problems post surgery

New urine tests may help predict kidney problems post surgery

Two high blood pressure medicines effective in treating stable ischemic heart disease

Two high blood pressure medicines effective in treating stable ischemic heart disease

OrSense presents data on its NBM-200MP system for hemoglobin and blood oximetry measurements

OrSense presents data on its NBM-200MP system for hemoglobin and blood oximetry measurements

MAQUET Cardiovascular officially opens its new headquarters in Wayne

MAQUET Cardiovascular officially opens its new headquarters in Wayne

ATS CryoMaze Probe receives CE Mark

ATS CryoMaze Probe receives CE Mark

Mitraclip is an experimental and controversial procedure, says heart specialist

Mitraclip is an experimental and controversial procedure, says heart specialist

Daily doses of imatinib mesylate double survival rates in Ph+ ALL affected children

Daily doses of imatinib mesylate double survival rates in Ph+ ALL affected children

Gene therapy to improve ailing heart's contractions of muscle cells

Gene therapy to improve ailing heart's contractions of muscle cells

Innovative health care information technology solutions to improve quality of patient care

Innovative health care information technology solutions to improve quality of patient care