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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.
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

Coronary angioplasty increases risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Coronary angioplasty increases risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Researchers test experimental drug Neuprex on infants undergoing heart surgery

Researchers test experimental drug Neuprex on infants undergoing heart surgery

Heart surgery safe and successful for many 80 year olds

Heart surgery safe and successful for many 80 year olds

Heparinase I is not a suitable replacement for protamine

Heparinase I is not a suitable replacement for protamine

Healing touch, music, relaxation a plus for heart surgery patients

Healing touch, music, relaxation a plus for heart surgery patients

Study finds better long-term outcomes when surgeons place a bypass graft to all the territories of the heart that have significantly blocked arteries

Study finds better long-term outcomes when surgeons place a bypass graft to all the territories of the heart that have significantly blocked arteries

Private health insurance given the go-ahead in Canada

Private health insurance given the go-ahead in Canada