Coronary Artery Bypass

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Coronary Artery Bypass

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A Cardiac Conundrum

Nowadays cardiac surgery is taken for granted, whether it's operating on infants or performing heart transplantation. However if there one procedure that has generated more controversy, hands down it has to be coronary bypass surgery.

Coronary bypass has the longer history, traceable to 1910, when one surgeon made an (unsuccessful) attempt to perform bypass surgery on a dog.

But it wasn’t until 1968 that Rene Favaloro of the Cleveland Clinic described his success with human coronary artery bypass surgery: he grafted a vein taken from the patient’s leg into the heart’s vascular system to replace a blocked coronary artery. Favaloro’s report captured the imagination of many surgeons. Initially…

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