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what is the significance of the mammary artery?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Useful for bypass: The mammary artery is a vessel that suplies blood to the chest wall. It is used in bypass surgery . The artery is re routed from the chest to the heart. Because its an artery and not a traditional vien (that is harvested from the leg) its more compatable more effcient and the most durable of the bypass grafts.
Dr. Joseph Moore
Cardiology 34 years experience
Used for bypass: The internal mammary artery runs on the inside of the chest wall and is commonly used as a bypass graft during open heart surgery.

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