The Heart Hospital at Saint Francis in Tulsa, OK, routinely performs state-of-the-art cardiovascular surgery to treat complications caused by a variety of conditions including ischemic heart disease, a disease characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart; correct congenital heart disease; and treat valvular heart disease, which is distinguished by a defect in, or damage to, one of the heart valves.
The purpose of cardiovascular surgery may include:
- Boosting the heart's pumping power with muscles taken from the back or abdomen
- Bypassing or widening blocked or narrowed arteries to the heart
- Creating channels in the heart muscle to allow blood from a chamber directly into the heart muscle
- Destroying small amounts of tissue that disturb electrical flow through the heart
- Implanting devices to regulate heart rhythms
- Repairing aneurysms, or bulges in the aorta, which can be deadly if they burst
- Repairing or replacing the valves that control blood flow through the heart's chambers
- Replacing the damaged heart with a heart from a donor
The two most common cardiac surgery procedures include heart valve surgery and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).
- Heart valve surgery is used to repair or replace diseased heart valves.
- During CABG, a healthy artery or vein from the body is connected, or grafted, to a blocked coronary artery. The grafted artery bypasses (or goes around) the blocked portion of the coronary artery. Cardiac surgery creates a new path for oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart muscle. CABG can relieve chest pain and may lower heart attack risk.
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