Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. The average human heart beats 72 times every minute. That’s more than 100,000 times every day!
Day in, day out, your heart works hard to keep blood moving through your body to supply your organs and tissues with oxygen and nutrients needed to survive.
If one or more of your coronary arteries – the vessels that supply blood to your heart – are blocked, your doctor may recommend a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery to treat your heart disease.
You may hear your doctor refer to the surgery as CABG (pronounced like the vegetable, “cabbage”), but your friends and family are more likely to call it “a bypass.”
The surgery is called a bypass because the doctor creates a new path that bypasses, or goes around, a blockage in the arteries of your heart to restore blood flow and keep your heart beating. When you hear that someone had a triple bypass, for example, it means that the doctor created three of these bypasses during one surgery.