Heart surgery

Heart surgery

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Caption: Heart surgery. Mammary artery being removed for use in a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Metal spreaders are being used to keep the rib cage open. During CABG a healthy artery is attached to the diseased coronary artery. This re- routes the blood flow, bypassing the blocked coronary artery. Blood vessels can become blocked by the build-up of fatty plaques, atherosclerosis. This reduces blood flow to the areas served by the vessel. Inadequate blood flow to the heart can lead to heart pain (angina) or a heart attack (myocardial infarction).

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