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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.
REPEL-CV approved for cardiac surgeries

REPEL-CV approved for cardiac surgeries

DaVita offers individualized treatment options for students with kidney disease

DaVita offers individualized treatment options for students with kidney disease

Contradictions between personal and systemic health issues could thwart reform

Contradictions between personal and systemic health issues could thwart reform

Many high health costs remain mysterious, including the cost of reform

Many high health costs remain mysterious, including the cost of reform

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital uses CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system for treating tumours

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital uses CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system for treating tumours

Patient enrollment completed for the Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric IDE clinical study

Patient enrollment completed for the Berlin Heart EXCOR Pediatric IDE clinical study

Traditional lipid risk factors to be strong predictors of cardiovascular events according to a study

Traditional lipid risk factors to be strong predictors of cardiovascular events according to a study

Ochsner Medical Center selected to participate as an FDA investigative site in the PARTNER clinical trial

Ochsner Medical Center selected to participate as an FDA investigative site in the PARTNER clinical trial

Urgent requirement for O negative blood group in Memorial Blood Centers

Urgent requirement for O negative blood group in Memorial Blood Centers

Saint Vincent Hospital adds RF Surgical Detection System to surgical safety protocols

Saint Vincent Hospital adds RF Surgical Detection System to surgical safety protocols

Mount Sinai Medical Center physicians pioneer a non-surgical procedure for treating LAA

Mount Sinai Medical Center physicians pioneer a non-surgical procedure for treating LAA

Possible neurological complications of heart surgery detailed in new report

Possible neurological complications of heart surgery detailed in new report

Scientists grow new blood vessels to combat heart disease

Scientists grow new blood vessels to combat heart disease

Neurological complications of heart surgery detailed in research

Neurological complications of heart surgery detailed in research

New tool for virtual surgery simulates blood flow - helps plan child's delicate heart surgery

New tool for virtual surgery simulates blood flow - helps plan child's delicate heart surgery

Virtual heart surgery helps plan child's surgery

Virtual heart surgery helps plan child's surgery

Less is more when it comes to blood transfusions

Less is more when it comes to blood transfusions

Long-term brain damage after bypass surgery - more evidence puts blame on heart disease

Long-term brain damage after bypass surgery - more evidence puts blame on heart disease

Medicare fraud taints California device maker and New Jersey clinic

Medicare fraud taints California device maker and New Jersey clinic

For America's aged, surgery at any price?

For America's aged, surgery at any price?