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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
A section of vein usually from the patient’s leg or an artery from the inside of the patient’s chest that is used to create an alternative pathway for blood to reach the heart muscle. The vein or artery is connected or "grafted" to the diseased coronary artery, thereby creating an alternative pathway for blood to deliver important nutrients and oxygen to the heart muscle.


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