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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.
Cardiac experts study a new procedure to treat leaky heart valves

Cardiac experts study a new procedure to treat leaky heart valves

New medical breakthrough by Bioheart for treatment of patients with heart disorders

New medical breakthrough by Bioheart for treatment of patients with heart disorders

Liberals sponsor anti-Baucus ad, former lawmakers call for civility

Liberals sponsor anti-Baucus ad, former lawmakers call for civility

Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is safe and effective

Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is safe and effective

Underinsured struggle to keep up with bills; uninsured seek clinic care or play the odds

Underinsured struggle to keep up with bills; uninsured seek clinic care or play the odds

Preclinical data of CardiAQ Valve Technologies' TMVI in vivo study presented at the TCT 2009

Preclinical data of CardiAQ Valve Technologies' TMVI in vivo study presented at the TCT 2009

First heart surgery using MECC system completed

First heart surgery using MECC system completed

Interim results of a pilot study using BACE cardiac device released

Interim results of a pilot study using BACE cardiac device released

Stereotaxis showcases its remote magnetic navigation technology at TCT symposium

Stereotaxis showcases its remote magnetic navigation technology at TCT symposium

AmeriChoice of Pennsylvania, Chester County Hospital sign agreement for access to hospital's facilities

AmeriChoice of Pennsylvania, Chester County Hospital sign agreement for access to hospital's facilities

LibertyHealth implements EDIMS' nursing documentation and charge capture systems

LibertyHealth implements EDIMS' nursing documentation and charge capture systems

Medtronic's transcatheter valves to be presented at TCT 2009

Medtronic's transcatheter valves to be presented at TCT 2009

Heart surgery can be scheduled anytime: Study

Heart surgery can be scheduled anytime: Study

New heart surgery method raises questions for reformers

New heart surgery method raises questions for reformers

Technique to reduce stroke in cardiac surgery patients

Technique to reduce stroke in cardiac surgery patients

Ross Procedure to be discussed by cardiovascular surgeons

Ross Procedure to be discussed by cardiovascular surgeons

Importance of residual thymopoiesis in aged adults

Importance of residual thymopoiesis in aged adults

AFib ablated using visually-guided laser balloon catheter

AFib ablated using visually-guided laser balloon catheter

CT-guided tube pericardiostomy, an effective treatment for pericardial effusion

CT-guided tube pericardiostomy, an effective treatment for pericardial effusion

The first successful implantation of the GDS Accucinch System for mitral valve repair

The first successful implantation of the GDS Accucinch System for mitral valve repair