New research shows that coronary artery bypass grafts not only prevent a blockage from causing a heart attack. They can also prevent damage from blockages that can occur later in the same artery.
Arteries used as bypass grafts tend to remain free of atherosclerosis indefinitely, reducing the risk of heart attack or need for another surgery.
If you need heart surgery, you should know about some exciting surgical advances. Often, surgeons can use a minimally invasive or small-incision approach. Can that work for you? Learn more.
PCI and CABG should not be thought of separately in terms of treatment. Rather, they are complementary techniques.