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HG - Cardiac Bypass Surgery - Secondary

Because blockages reduce blood flow and keep vital oxygen from being moved throughout the body, the goal of cardiac bypass surgery is to restore blood flow.

Angioplasty reopens blocked arteries, but a cardiac bypass works differently. During a bypass procedure, your cardiovascular surgeon will essentially create a new path for blood to flow. This involves taking a healthy blood vessel from somewhere else in the body — most commonly a vein from the leg or an artery from the chest or wrist — and attaching it to the coronary artery just above and below the blockage.

This artery replacement or transplant creates a bypass that allows blood to flow around the blockage, restoring natural blood flow through and out of the heart.

What to Expect After Cardiac Bypass Surgery

Because cardiac bypass surgery is an invasive procedure, you will need to stay several days in the hospital, typically in an intensive care unit, during recovery. Your medical providers will carefully monitor your heart and respiratory systems in the hours and days following the procedure.

After being released from the ICU, you will likely be moved to a regular hospital room where you will continue the recovery process. The full recovery process will depend on whether you underwent a basic single bypass or had double bypass surgery (two blockages), triple bypass surgery (three blockages), quadruple bypass surgery (four blockages) or quintuple bypass surgery (five blockages). Your overall health and other factors also play a role.

After bypass surgery, your physician will recommend medications to help you recover and prevent complications. In addition, he or she will likely prescribe cardiac rehabilitation to help you ease back into activities of daily living.

When a heart bypass procedure is needed, [[Hospital Name]] offers the specialty care and expertise you need. Call to schedule an appointment.

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