coronary artery bypass

noun
variants: or coronary bypass or coronary artery bypass graft or coronary artery bypass grafting or coronary bypass graft or coronary bypass grafting

Definition of coronary artery bypass 

: a surgical procedure performed to shunt blood around a narrowing or blockage in the coronary artery of the heart that usually involves grafting one end of a segment of blood vessel (such as a vein of the leg) removed from another part of the body into the aorta and the other end of the segment into the coronary artery beyond the obstructed area to allow for increased blood flow often followed by the word surgery or operation The artery-dilating procedure, which uses a balloon or other device guided to the restricted artery by a cardiac catheter, is less invasive and traumatic than coronary artery bypass surgery. —Andrew Skolnick

Note: When more than one coronary artery or branch is bypassed, the number of times (double, triple, etc.) is often specified.

a quadruple coronary bypass abbreviation CABG

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In 1960, a team of surgeons in New York led by Robert Goetz performed the first successful clinical coronary artery bypass surgery, piggybacking off experimental procedures perfected in dogs during the 1950s. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Once scary, heart bypass surgery has become common and safer," 6 Mar. 2018 According to the International Federation of Health Plans, the average cost of a coronary artery bypass graft surgery in 2013 was $75,345 in the U.S. but only $36,509 in Switzerland and $15,742 in the Netherlands. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "With healthcare, it's not what you spend but how you spend it," 13 Mar. 2018 The new program provides advanced cardiac treatment options, including coronary artery bypass graft surgery and heart valve surgery. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Hermann Southeast expands cancer, cardiac services," 18 Feb. 2018

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coronary artery bypass

noun
variants: or coronary bypass or coronary artery bypass graft or coronary artery bypass grafting or coronary bypass graft or coronary bypass grafting

Medical Definition of coronary artery bypass 

: a surgical procedure performed to shunt blood around a narrowing or blockage in the coronary artery of the heart that usually involves grafting one end of a segment of blood vessel (such as the saphenous vein) removed from another part of the body into the aorta and the other end of the segment into the coronary artery beyond the obstructed area to allow for increased blood flow The artery-dilating procedure, which uses a balloon or other device guided to the restricted artery by a cardiac catheter, is less invasive and traumatic than coronary artery bypass surgery. —Andrew Skolnick, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 24 Oct. 1990 Diagnostic workups that help a physician decide whether a patient should have coronary bypass or drugs to treat heart disease should be performed on the basis of a particular patient's status.Science News, 13 Dec. 1980

Note: When more than one coronary artery or branch is bypassed, the number of times (double, triple, etc.) is often specified.

abbreviation CABG

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