The purpose of coronary artery bypass surgery is to improve the blood supply to an area of the heart that has been deprived of adequate circulation.
Two procedures are involved:
an incision is made in the leg to remove a vein which is then used as a graft to create a new coronary artery.
the second incision is made in the chest to enable the surgeon to reach the heart. More than one artery can be blocked and it is then necessary to insert more than one graft.
Terms like double bypass, triple bypass and quadruple bypass indicate the number of grafts required. Coronary artery bypass surgery takes anything from three to six hours, depending on the number of bypasses being inserted. The above procedures are all performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory also known as a cathlab.
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