Surgical and Other Invasive Procedures for Heart Attack
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
Surgery can be done to restore or improve blood flow to the heart muscle. This helps the heart work better. When heart attacks are severe, surgery may be done right away.
Surgery to Relieve a Heart Attack
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
During CABG, a healthy blood vessel is taken from somewhere in the body. The healthy blood vessel is attached to an artery in the heart just above and below the blockage. The new blood vessel lets blood move around the blockage. Bypass can be done for each blocked artery in the heart. CABG can be done as:
A catheter is threaded through an artery in the groin and passed to the problem artery. Imaging tracks the catheter and watches blood flow.
Types of angioplasty are:
Although these procedures may ease symptoms, it does not cure heart disease. Other steps such as keeping a healthy weight, eating right, and quitting smoking will need to be taken.
Surgery to Treat Damage from a Heart Attack
Heart attacks can cause permanent heart damage. This can change the heart's structure and how it works. Surgery is used to move blood around damaged tissue or to fix heart rhythm problems. They are not a cure, but they do improve quality of life. These are:
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
Last Updated: 3/27/2019
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