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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 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

Blood flow monitoring system to reduce risks during heart surgery

Blood flow monitoring system to reduce risks during heart surgery

Do cholesterol-reducing drugs decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes in diabetics?

Do cholesterol-reducing drugs decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes in diabetics?

Surgical future for heart patients in Canada's isolated towns and villages, will lie increasingly in the hands of robots

Surgical future for heart patients in Canada's isolated towns and villages, will lie increasingly in the hands of robots

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