Coronary artery bypass surgery is one of the most frequent cardiac surgeries performed today. Known to most people as bypass surgery, in the medical community, it’s also called coronary artery bypass graft or CABG (pronounced “cabbage”).
What is Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery?
Bypass surgery is a procedure that involves grafting arteries or veins from elsewhere in the body to the coronary arteries. Its purpose is to bypass or go around arteries that have narrowed or blockages typically caused by atherosclerosis, and to allow the flow of blood to return to a more natural state again. It’s normally performed while the heart is stopped temporarily.
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery – Coronary Artery Bypass Graft – CABGA coronary bypass surgery can be single, double, triple, quadruple, or quintuple, depending on the number of coronary arteries that are bypassed. The number of arteries bypassed doesn’t necessarily reflect a person’s health condition. A person who gets a single or double bypass surgery might be at a higher risk if both arteries are severely blocked than a person that gets a triple bypass if these arteries are mildly blocked.
The number of bypasses is estimated before the surgery. However, the actual number will be decided during the operation, when the doctor is able to examine the heart and determine the best course of action.
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