Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Closed. While the chest is opened to get to the heart to do bypass surgery the heart is not opened. The arteries are on the surface of the heart and therefore approached directly. See picture.
Closed... The heart is not actually opened unless you are repairing a valve or aortic aneurysm at the same time. Some would consider it only closed if no heart-lung machine is used for the surgery.

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Normal sinus rhythm. If my open heart surgery (cabg) is 2 days away, why am I on heparin?

To keep the arteries. If you are scheduled for a CABG, you probably have some blockage or stenosis or tight areas in your arteries. To prevent those areas from clogging up more, and possibly causing a heart attack, heparin is used as a blood thinner, or anticoagulant. Read more...

My father recently had open heart surgery of blockage of four arteries, it took last about 5 1/2 hrs. He is 69 year with 36 years of diabetic history, also had past history of stroke and attack. But after surgery nearly 40 hrs later we have noticed chan

Ur post got cut shor. From your topic tags, i suspect that you've noticed a change in your dad's memory after his surgery. Given his history of stroke complicated by heart disease, it's very common to report memory loss after open heart surgery since small clots can fly off into brain. Or he might be suffering from delirium due to anesthesia, medications, infection, blood clot to lung, uncontrolled pain, etc. Read more...
Delirium. Fluctuating level of attention and confusion is very common given his medical history , age and recent surgery. Read more...

My dad is in end stage renal failure, they told him yesterday that his liver is starting to fail. He also has calcified arteries in his heart. How long will he live with all of this? He doesn't want open heart surgery and I don't really think he would ma

Goals of care. I'm sorry to hear about your father. Now is the time to have a family meeting with your father, his primary doctor and relevant specialists to discuss "goals of care". What does your father wish to have done to him and what are his values for how he wants to live the rest of his life? These are difficult discussions to have, but they need to happen sooner rather than later. Read more...
It's his decision. Your father has serious medical problems. It's impossible to accurately gauge operative risk without all the details, but renal and kidney failure complicate the prospect of heart surgery. In any case, the decision to have surgery is in his hands. Get the best information from the medical team, and discuss it with your family. Read more...

What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open heart surgery?

Most anything. If no difficulty sitting, chewing, swallowing and is hungry. Many will have limited appetite so finding things they like is important. Short term even skyline can be ok. Long term see aha low cholesterol, low sodium is preferable. Read more...

Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Possibly. Your surgeon should also be able to address these questions, as they are certainly well-versed in the complications related to bypass, and also what sort of bypass will be needed for your case. On the other hand, i'm certain most centers could easily arrange for you to spam with the perfusionist... Read more...
If you ask. Usually the members of the heart team are happy to talk to you - if they know you want to do it. Ask your surgeon to see if he can arrange it. Read more...