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Coronary artery bypass

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Introduction
A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgical procedure used to treat coronary heart disease.
Preparing for a coronary artery bypass graft
Before going into hospital to have a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), it is a good idea to make some preparations.
What happens during coronary artery bypass surgery
Before your coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), your surgeon will discuss every aspect of the procedure with you.
Recovering from coronary artery bypass surgery
You will usually need to stay in hospital for around seven days after having a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), so medical staff can monitor your recovery closely.
Risks of surgery
As with all types of surgery, a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) carries risks of complications.
Life after a coronary artery bypass
A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is not a cure for heart disease, so it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and continue taking any prescribed medication after the operation.
Alternatives to a coronary artery bypass
If you have coronary heart disease and the arteries around your heart are severely narrowed, it may be possible to have a procedure called a coronary angioplasty.
'The secret is to stay positive'
Chauffeur Alec Keep, aged 66 when interviewed, had a heart bypass in March 2007 in Papworth Hospital, after he had two heart attacks.
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