Baptist Health Madisonville: CABG Open Heart Surgery
A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is an open heart surgery procedure that requires precise attention to care. Learn about the importance of having CABG surgery at a local hospital from Baptist Health.
CABG Open Heart Surgery in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Clay Davis, APRN, Heart Care:
Coronary artery bypass graft is a form of open-heart surgery. You may often hear it referred to as bypass surgery or “cabbage” (CABG). This procedure is used to treat coronary artery disease or blockages in the heart, which often provides a more durable long-term solution to coronary artery disease.
When patients hear they may require open-heart surgery, sometimes they may feel they need to go to a larger city to receive a high quality of care and really, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The advantage of having your surgery locally is you’re 15-20 minutes away from your surgeon if any complications arise. You’re also close to our nurse practitioners, who are readily available to assess you and make adjustments as needed. If you call from home, we can work you in.
Anthony Brown, Madisonville, Kentucky:
I started with the pain radiating up my arm, into my chest while I was walking. As I walked, the pain would subside. Later on, it would start again, and so I decided then that I should see someone in the emergency room.
The benefits of coronary bypass graft include restored circulation to the heart muscle that allows the heart to pump more efficiently. A lot of times, patients may see their exercise tolerance and their ability to tolerate overall activity, walking distance, and completion of the activities of daily living are much easier.
I feel so much better, so much younger, and I just have more energy than I’ve had for so long. It’s just remarkable.