Heart Surgery

Should You Opt for Bypass Surgery or an Angioplasty?

Bypass and angioplasty benefits differ depending on your age, gender, and health
Bypass or angioplasty? The two major options for clearing blocked arteries leave many patients and their doctors in a dilemma: Do they want an invasive surgery that gives them the best chance for long-term recovery? Or do they want a quicker fix that might not last a year? If you have blockages in three or more coronary arteries, your doctor is likely to recommend bypass surgery...  Read More

How Safe Is Bypass Surgery for Heart Disease?

Where you get it done and by whom could be a factor
Bypass surgery—using clean blood vessels from elsewhere in the body to create a detour around clogged arteries near the heart—has been hailed as "one of the great success stories in medicine..."  Read More

Recovering From Bypass Surgery

Read how to have a smooth operation and a quick recovery
Bypass surgery isn't as traumatic and disabling as it used to be. In some cases doctors can perform a bypass while the heart is still beating, an advance that can shorten recovery time and reduce the risk of complications...  Read More

What to Consider About When and Where to Have Angioplasty

Why timing and location matter, and how the outcome could be different for women
In 2005 some 800,000 Americans had angioplasties, many of them for the second, third, or fourth time. Up to 20% of all angioplasty patients who have a stent inserted during the procedure will have blocked arteries again within six months...  Read More

Video: Perspectives on Heart Surgery