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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: coronary artery bypass graft?

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 44 years experience
Bypass : Going around a blocked vessel to bring blood and nutrients to distal areas to blocked vessels that is not getting oxygen.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Treat blocksges: The heart has 3 main arteries that supply its needed blood flow. When blockages in these arteries form then chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attacks can occur. Coronary artery bypass is 1 method of treatment. Veins and arteries are used to go around the blockages. These are sewn in before and after the blockages in essence "bypassing" the blockages.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How is coronary artery bypass graft proceudre performed?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 34 years experience
Readers digest vers: The short and sweet of it is that bypass grafting when indicated is open heart surgery. The chest is opened along the sternum with a saw. The heart is exposed and the pt is placed on the heart lung machine.The artery on the left side of the chest is used to bypass the artery down the front of the heart. Veins are then harvested from the legs and used to bypass the blockages in the other ateries.
A 39-year-old member asked:

I have been advised by my cardiologist to have a coronary artery bypass graft surgery?

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Dr. Steven Guyton
Thoracic Surgery 47 years experience
Another opinion: From another cardiologist or a cardiac surgeon is always a good idea. Coronary artery bypass grafts take blood around blockages in the coronary arteries which feed the heart muscle. They can help to prevent angina, chest pain caused by not enough oxygen getting to the heart. In certain instances they can also be of benefit in helping patients live longer than they would without an operation.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you explain what is coronary artery bypass grafting?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
CABG: Coronary bypass is an operation that takes blood vessels from the chest wall or legs and uses them to shunt blood around obstructed heart arteries to get blood downstream from the obstructions. It is called bypass because it bypasses the blocked place in the vessel.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have been adviced by my cardiologist for a coronary artery bypass graft surgery?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Likely correct: If he thought medicine, or stents would work he would do that. He is seeking a second opinion with a cardiac surgeon since he cannot fix the mechanical situation he has identified. Get the opinion. Understand the risks, benefits, and any alternatives. Likely you will benefit unless you have other significant life threatening issues. Stop smoking, control diabetes, cholesterol, take your meds.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of CABG (coronary artery bypass graft) failing?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 32 years experience
Similiar: Similiar symptoms to what one experienced before surgery: chest pain, shortness of breath, heart failure.

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