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Cardiac Bypass Surgery

How Does Bypass Surgery Help?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 17:38

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

After bypass surgery, the blood supply to the area of the heart that was previously restricted due to narrowing of the artery supplying that area, is restored. The blocked artery has now been bypassed.

Bypass surgery may improve quality of life and increase the life span. In some cases, it may do both. In other cases, it may only improve the quality of life.

The important thing to remember is that surgery is not a cure, but just keeps the problem under control. Once your surgeon has done the procedure, there are choices you may take to prevent the condition from recurring (coming back). How healthy you are after surgery depends in large part on the steps you take to prevent future problems.

Cardiac Bypass Surgery