Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

What Is Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery?

If you have plaque build-up or blocked arteries, the blood flow and supply of oxygen to your heart will decrease. The buildup in your arteries weakens your heart muscle.

CABG is open-heart surgery that restores proper blood flow to your heart.

During CABG, your surgeon:

  • Takes a healthy blood vessel from a different part of your body and graft it into your artery.
  • Uses the new blood vessel to bypass the blockage, restoring proper blood flow and oxygen levels to your heart.

CABG is also known as coronary artery bypass surgery or heart bypass surgery. It's an effective treatment method for people with severe blockages in their arteries.

Contact Us About Your Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

To request an appointment, contact the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute: