How do you take care of your heart after 40?
As you find yourself hitting 40, you may start thinking about health issues you previously didn’t concern yourself with. Should heart health be one of them?
Coronary arteries supply your heart muscle with blood. If you have significant blockages in one or more of the coronary arteries, your doctor may recommend coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. This surgery takes blood vessels from your chest wall, arm or leg and creates a detour—or “bypass”—around the blockages to restore normal blood flow to your heart.
Other names for the procedure are coronary bypass surgery, coronary artery surgery, heart bypass and bypass surgery.
Surgery is recommended only if less invasive treatments have not succeeded in opening clogged arteries or are not options for you. Less invasive treatments include coronary angioplasty or a stent procedure. Treating coronary artery disease is important to prevent a heart attack and other serious health conditions.
There are different approaches to doing bypass surgery. Your doctor will review with you what option will help produce the best result for your heart and your overall health. Find out how to recover your health and reduce your risk of future heart problems.
Bypass surgery takes about three to six hours. It depends on the surgical technique, location of blockages and number of coronary arteries requiring a bypass graft. You’ll be given general anesthesia so you’ll be asleep during the procedure. We continuously measure your blood pressure during surgery.
Options for bypass surgery at Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital include:
Learn what to expect before and after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.