Coronary bypass surgery

for Coronary bypass surgery

Coronary bypass surgery redirects blood around a section of a blocked or partially blocked artery in your heart. The procedure involves taking a healthy blood vessel from your leg, arm or chest and connecting it below and above the blocked arteries in your heart. With a new pathway, blood flow to the heart muscle improves.

Coronary bypass surgery doesn’t cure the heart disease that caused the blockages, such as atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease. However, it can ease symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. For some people, this procedure can improve heart function and reduce the risk of dying of heart disease.

Risks

Because coronary bypass surgery is an open-heart surgery, you might have complications during or after your procedure. Possible complications include:

  • Bleeding
  • An irregular heart rhythm
  • Infections of the chest wound
  • Memory loss or trouble thinking clearly, which often improves within six to 12 months
  • Kidney problems
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack, if a blood clot breaks loose soon after surgery

Your risk of developing complications is generally low, but it depends on your health before surgery. Your risk of complications is higher if the surgery is done as an emergency procedure or if you have other medical conditions, such as emphysema, kidney disease, diabetes or blocked arteries in your legs.

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