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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.
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

Blood pressure control with Clevidipine

Blood pressure control with Clevidipine

Lipitor given the green light for more heart risk patients

Lipitor given the green light for more heart risk patients

Statins slow the progression of aortic valve stenosis

Statins slow the progression of aortic valve stenosis

Psychological effects of heart surgery

Psychological effects of heart surgery

New technology offers alternative to open heart surgery

New technology offers alternative to open heart surgery

Special bra designed for women who have heart surgery

Special bra designed for women who have heart surgery

Peripheral arterial disease could predict life or death in heart patients

Peripheral arterial disease could predict life or death in heart patients

Bayer forgot to tell risks of heart surgery drug

Bayer forgot to tell risks of heart surgery drug

New device may reduce complications during heart surgery

New device may reduce complications during heart surgery