What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

A Deep Look at Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

There is a wide variety of surgeries surrounding heart issues and many people are not aware of the differences or what each issue may entail. Today we are going to focus on coronary artery bypass grafting and go into a little more detail about what it is and why it would be conducted. This particular type of surgery is intended to help increase the blood flow to the heart. Oftentimes patients may have poor blood flow due to bad eating habits, high cholesterol, clogged arteries, genetics, etc. Regardless of why – optimal blood flow levels are essential to the healthiest living for the patient.

Maximizing Blood Flow and Oxygen Levels to Vital Organs

We all know how incredibly important blood flow is to the human body, it carries oxygen to vital organs and helps us function properly. Without properly getting oxygen to these vital organs, there can be a wide variety of issues that arise. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is one of the most common heart surgery procedures performed to date. The main goals to be achieved from undergoing this type of procedure are:

  • Improving pumping in the heart which may have been damaged during a heart attack
  • Enhancing quality of life
  • Reduction of angina and/or CHD symptoms
  • Longevity and increasing chances of surviving
  • Affording people the opportunity to engage in more physical activities

While these are just a few reasons mentioned above, you can see how effective the surgery is once the patient has healed properly.

The end results of undergoing a CABG procedure are amazing to say the least. Studies have shown that this procedure has offered many people an additional 10 years if not more living without symptoms that may re-occur. Heart surgery may need to be completed again to prevent any blockages – but the outcomes are smiles and happy patients.

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About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery