Heart bypass surgery

Heart bypass surgery

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Preparing a coronary artery during heart bypass surgery

Credit: ANTONIA REEVE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Heart bypass surgery. Image 10 of 18. Coronary artery being isolated for a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). 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, known as 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). For a sequence showing the operation see M560/564- M560/581.

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