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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)?

An open CABG is considered major surgery, using general anesthesia, and the risks and benefits should be carefully discussed with your doctor.

If you are planning to have a CABG, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Damage to other organs, such as the kidneys
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Death

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Lung disease, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema)
  • Prior heart attack or bypass surgery
  • Advanced age
  • Surgical urgency
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease