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Heart surgery method may lower stroke risk

January 27, 2011
Certain types of bypass heart surgery appear to lower the risk of stroke occurring during the operation or soon after, a study of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) patients showed.

The study by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic reviewed data on more than 45,000 patients who had CABG surgery between 1982 and 2009. During the procedure, a section of blood vessel from a different part of the body is grafted onto the heart so blood is able to bypass the clogged artery.

The procedure can be done while the heart is still beating or when the heart is stopped and a pump keeps the blood flowing. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that patients whose hearts were left beating during the operation had the lowest risk of stroke.

The age and severity of heart disease in the patient also affected the outcome.

"If you tailor the operation to the patient, you can bring the risk down," said Dr. Joseph Sabik, head of the clinic's heart surgery department.

The North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, has been certified for disease-specific care for stroke from the Joint Commission. It was the first hospital in the North Shore-LIJ Health System to receive the certification.
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