Bypass Surgery

Doctors sometimes need to do a special procedure to improve blood flow to the heart muscle when the heart's artery, or arteries, are narrowed or blocked. One commonly used procedure is a coronary artery bypass graft surgery. This procedure can be done during a heart attack or later.

While a Heart Attack is happening, the sooner the procedure is done, the greater the chances of saving heart muscle and of surviving a heart attack.The purpose of Life Alert to get you the help that you need as soon as possible.

Coronary artery bypass graft operation. Also known as "bypass surgery," the procedure uses a piece of vein taken from the leg, or of an artery taken from the chest or wrist. This is attached to the heart artery above and below the narrowed area, thus making a bypass around the blockage. Sometimes, more than one bypass is needed.

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