Last updated: Apr 04, 2008
What type of procedure is the best choice for you?
What are the risks?
What kinds of improvements can you expect?
While heart surgery can't cure heart disease, it should relieve chest pain and help you live longer.
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Risks versus benefits of bypass
If your life isn't in immediate peril, you should take time to weigh the pros and cons of any approach. Major surgery is always risky, but a minor procedure may not give you the relief you want. "No surgeon should be offended if you get a second or third opinion," says heart surgeon Robert Jones, MD, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.