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|+||surgical therapy of ischemic coronary [[artery]] [[disease]] achieved by grafting a section of saphenous [[vein]], internal mammary artery, or other substitute between the [[aorta]] and the obstructed coronary artery distal to the obstructive [[lesion]]. |
|+||**Coronary artery bypass graft:** Abbreviated CABG. A form of bypass [[surgery]] that can create new routes around narrowed and blocked coronary [[arteries]], permitting increased [[blood flow]] to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the [[heart]] muscle. Coronary artery bypass graft is an option for selected groups of patients with significant narrowings and blockages of the heart arteries. The bypass graft for a CABG can be a vein from the leg or an inner chest-wall artery. CABG surgery is one of the most commonly performed major operations. Coronary artery disease develops because of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) that supply [[blood]] to the heart muscle. Diagnostic tests prior to (and after) CABG include the electrocardiogram (EKG), stress test, [[echocardiogram]], and coronary angiography.|
|+||[[http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite/lymphedema_and_congestive_heart_failure.htm|Lymphedema and Congestive Heart Failure]]|