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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.
Researchers have developed a novel drug-antidote pair

Researchers have developed a novel drug-antidote pair

Research in children has shown that blood loss after heart surgery can be minimized if fresh whole blood is used for transfusions

Research in children has shown that blood loss after heart surgery can be minimized if fresh whole blood is used for transfusions

Child heart deaths at Bristol fall below national average

Child heart deaths at Bristol fall below national average

Moderate alcohol consumption cuts rate of further narrowing after heart surgery

Moderate alcohol consumption cuts rate of further narrowing after heart surgery

Study shows blood transfusions during heart surgery appear to increase death risk

Study shows blood transfusions during heart surgery appear to increase death risk

Iraqi child undergoes heart surgery in New York

Iraqi child undergoes heart surgery in New York

Best hospital in America

Best hospital in America

Innovative research to apply microwave energy to the treatment of potentially deadly heart rhythm disorders

Innovative research to apply microwave energy to the treatment of potentially deadly heart rhythm disorders

New heart surgery without opening chest

New heart surgery without opening chest

First robotic heart operations in the southern hemisphere

First robotic heart operations in the southern hemisphere

New device enable physicians to quickly join blood vessels during heart bypass surgery

New device enable physicians to quickly join blood vessels during heart bypass surgery

Arrhythmias are more commonly associated with adults, they can affect children as well

Arrhythmias are more commonly associated with adults, they can affect children as well

Microwaving the heart may soon become a routine procedure for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders

Microwaving the heart may soon become a routine procedure for the treatment of heart rhythm disorders

A computer-based test that detects impaired cognition has been developed

A computer-based test that detects impaired cognition has been developed

Common anemia drug may protect hearts of infants undergoing surgical repair of congenital defects

Common anemia drug may protect hearts of infants undergoing surgical repair of congenital defects

Pierre Pettigrew outlines plan of action for health care reforms

Pierre Pettigrew outlines plan of action for health care reforms

New device gives surgeons precision and control during heart bypass surgery

New device gives surgeons precision and control during heart bypass surgery

New center enables genetic treatments and advances

New center enables genetic treatments and advances

Texan child receives world's first scaled-down heart pump or child ventricular assist device

Texan child receives world's first scaled-down heart pump or child ventricular assist device

Growth factor protein succeeds in growing new coronary arteries

Growth factor protein succeeds in growing new coronary arteries