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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Stephen L Roth
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Many reasons: There are many reasons why arteries are closed after coronary artery surgery. Remember that surgery "bypasses" and does not remove blockages. Most importantly surgery does not chnage the medical problems which caused the blockages (such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle) and unless these are addressed the arteries will continue to close.
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
They're not: Coronary arteries are bypassed with vein or other arteries to bring new blood beyond blockages.

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