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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.
Atrial fibrillation may soon have an effective treatment

Atrial fibrillation may soon have an effective treatment

New study shows that bypass surgery is more successful than stents in heart surgery

New study shows that bypass surgery is more successful than stents in heart surgery

Increase in heart surgery mortality from SSRIs or depression?

Increase in heart surgery mortality from SSRIs or depression?

Specific variants of genes predict bleeding after heart surgery

Specific variants of genes predict bleeding after heart surgery

Can hospital data detect poor performing doctors?

Can hospital data detect poor performing doctors?

Technology helps Stanford shed new light on coronary bypass surgery

Technology helps Stanford shed new light on coronary bypass surgery

Pfizer withdraws Bextra from market

Pfizer withdraws Bextra from market

Novel protein marker for early diagnosis of kidney failure

Novel protein marker for early diagnosis of kidney failure

Heart valve transplant through leg quicker and benefits high risk cases

Heart valve transplant through leg quicker and benefits high risk cases

Individual mortality rates in Britain

Individual mortality rates in Britain

Small hearts make big difference for young transplant recipients

Small hearts make big difference for young transplant recipients

Genetic link to kidney damage after heart surgery

Genetic link to kidney damage after heart surgery

Wine keeps women's hearts beating healthily

Wine keeps women's hearts beating healthily

Gene therapy for heart patients with chest pains who do not benefit from other treatments

Gene therapy for heart patients with chest pains who do not benefit from other treatments

Patient safety measures work at children’s hospitals

Patient safety measures work at children’s hospitals

Public health advisory for the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug products

Public health advisory for the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug products

New test for heart surgery patients

New test for heart surgery patients

Heart arrhythmias easily treated, yet few know risks

Heart arrhythmias easily treated, yet few know risks

New valve repair device that could replace major heart surgery

New valve repair device that could replace major heart surgery

Genetic testing can be used to distinguish between ischemic and nonischemic forms of heart failure

Genetic testing can be used to distinguish between ischemic and nonischemic forms of heart failure