Features December 2018 Issue

The Best Heart Bypass Operation Available Today

Arteries used as bypass grafts tend to remain free of atherosclerosis indefinitely, reducing the risk of heart attack or need for revascularization.

The Best Heart Bypass Operation Available Today

There's no question your surgeon should use arteries instead of veins. We explain why.

The study examined only outcomes up to five years after CABG. At this point, no difference was seen in survival rates with either the vein or artery graft. But other studies have confirmed that a second arterial graft significantly increases the likelihood the patient will be alive 10 years after CABG. Cleveland Clinic and other major heart centers follow Society of Thoracic Surgery guidelines and use an artery as a second conduit whenever possible.

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