Health Tip: What Happens During Coronary Bypass Surgery?
When blood flow to the heart is restored
(HealthDay News) - When arteries
become blocked by fat, cholesterol & other substances, blood flow to the heart is blocked.
Coronary bypass surgery sidesteps
the blockage from these substances - collectively called plaque - & restores blood flow to lessen a person's risk of heart
Here's are 2 possible ways
to accomplish a coronary bypass, courtesy of the American Heart Association:
- An artery is detached from
the chest wall & the loose end attached to the coronary artery below the blockage.
- A section of a long vein
in the leg is removed & sewn (grafted) onto the large vessel that leaves
the heart called the aorta. The other end is attached to the coronary artery below the blockage.
Either of these methods will
allow blood to follow a new path, bypass the clogged portion of an artery & restore a free flow to the heart.