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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.
Validity of publishing hospital mortality rates questioned

Validity of publishing hospital mortality rates questioned

Coronary heart disease: Spotting the culprit(s) is the way towards prevention

Coronary heart disease: Spotting the culprit(s) is the way towards prevention

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure

Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD) closure

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital performs transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital performs transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement

Critical blood shortage in southeastern Michigan

Critical blood shortage in southeastern Michigan

Restricting the blood flow to the arm may improve outcomes of heart surgery

Restricting the blood flow to the arm may improve outcomes of heart surgery

Trans fats offer a double whammy

Trans fats offer a double whammy

Heart patches that stimulate regeneration

Heart patches that stimulate regeneration

Diabetics experience more complications during hospitalization for trauma

Diabetics experience more complications during hospitalization for trauma

Heart attack death rates appear lower at 'America's best hospitals'

Heart attack death rates appear lower at 'America's best hospitals'

Cardiac surgery in patients with liver cirrhosis

Cardiac surgery in patients with liver cirrhosis

$50 million gift for University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center

$50 million gift for University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center

Skin colour may dictate how well you do after a heart attack

Skin colour may dictate how well you do after a heart attack

Study questions risks of aprotinin during heart surgery

Study questions risks of aprotinin during heart surgery

Proper use of aprotinin to reduce bleeding during heart surgery does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke

Proper use of aprotinin to reduce bleeding during heart surgery does not increase the risk of heart attack or stroke

Heart-assist device gives Culver City man a better quality of life

Heart-assist device gives Culver City man a better quality of life

Novel catheter technique for patching holes in the heart

Novel catheter technique for patching holes in the heart

Variants of two genes involved in the inflammatory system linked to cognitive decline after heart surgery

Variants of two genes involved in the inflammatory system linked to cognitive decline after heart surgery

Performance league tables are linked to lower death rates after major heart surgery

Performance league tables are linked to lower death rates after major heart surgery

Filtering white cells from donor blood before transfusion is much safer for patients

Filtering white cells from donor blood before transfusion is much safer for patients