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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.
Statins may be able to play a role in preventing or slowing heart valve disease

Statins may be able to play a role in preventing or slowing heart valve disease

Power of prayer not proven when it comes to illness

Power of prayer not proven when it comes to illness

One stent may be as good as two

One stent may be as good as two

How close Americans live to hospitals that can perform angioplasty

How close Americans live to hospitals that can perform angioplasty

Virtual reality to train brain and heart surgeons

Virtual reality to train brain and heart surgeons

New device to boost supply and quality of blood platelets

New device to boost supply and quality of blood platelets

Cutting angioplasty risks

Cutting angioplasty risks

New children's heart valve

New children's heart valve

Baby Grace goes home after having heart surgery as a fetus

Baby Grace goes home after having heart surgery as a fetus

Exercise good for children with heart defects

Exercise good for children with heart defects

Children with heart defects benefit from exercise

Children with heart defects benefit from exercise

Age alone influences risks for people in their eighties after heart surgery

Age alone influences risks for people in their eighties after heart surgery

Six gene variants predict heart muscle damage after cardiac surgery

Six gene variants predict heart muscle damage after cardiac surgery

MRI measurements of scar tissue accurately predict the risk of arrhythmia-related sudden death

MRI measurements of scar tissue accurately predict the risk of arrhythmia-related sudden death

New device offers potential for accurate and reliable monitoring of brain oxygenation during cardiac surgeries

New device offers potential for accurate and reliable monitoring of brain oxygenation during cardiac surgeries

Surgery to treat obesity far more risky for men

Surgery to treat obesity far more risky for men

Large scale study to see if angioplasty can be safely performed in small hospitals

Large scale study to see if angioplasty can be safely performed in small hospitals

Aspirin shown to be beneficial before heart surgery

Aspirin shown to be beneficial before heart surgery

Ways to avoid hazards of heart bypass under study

Ways to avoid hazards of heart bypass under study

Inflammation plays an important role in post-operative stroke

Inflammation plays an important role in post-operative stroke