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Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a build-up of plaque inside the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. CAD restricts blood flow to the heart muscle and causes chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. CAD also increases the risk of a heart attack.

Patients with coronary artery disease are often candidates for an operation called coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Our cardiac surgeons are leaders in this complex field of surgery with outcomes that surpass national averages. 

Coronary artery bypass grafting is performed to divert a blocked artery in the heart. With a bypass, blood will flow around the blockage to supply the heart tissue with a nutrient-rich blood supply. 

The surgeon takes a blood vessel (artery or vein) from the leg, arm or chest to re-route blood around the existing blockage. This is called a graft. If a patient has multiple coronary arteries that are blocked, the surgeon will perform multiple grafts. The surgeon then joins the healthy blood vessel to the obstructed coronary artery to create a new pathway for oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart muscle.