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What patients should have heart bypass surgery?
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Many vessels blocked
The two standard reasons for a coronary artery bypass operation are "triple-vessel" disease in which 3 or more of the primary or secondary vessels have significant blockages and "left-main" disease in which the main left coronary artery has a major blockage before it branches into the left anterior descending (lad) & circumflex arteries.
There are other indications depending on the situation.

In brief: Many vessels blocked
The two standard reasons for a coronary artery bypass operation are "triple-vessel" disease in which 3 or more of the primary or secondary vessels have significant blockages and "left-main" disease in which the main left coronary artery has a major blockage before it branches into the left anterior descending (lad) & circumflex arteries.
There are other indications depending on the situation.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Robert Binford
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: See below
There are 3 main ways to treat coronary artery disease.
Medicine - stents - and surgery. Classically surgery is reserved for those patients when all 3 main arteries have blockages and the heart function is reduced. There are studies that show diabetics with 3 vessel disease do better with surgery. Also patients with blockage of the left main artery usually need surgery.

In brief: See below
There are 3 main ways to treat coronary artery disease.
Medicine - stents - and surgery. Classically surgery is reserved for those patients when all 3 main arteries have blockages and the heart function is reduced. There are studies that show diabetics with 3 vessel disease do better with surgery. Also patients with blockage of the left main artery usually need surgery.
Dr. Robert Binford
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