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Quiz: Do You Understand Heart Surgery?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

Explanation:
The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This procedure involves taking a healthy blood vessel from your arm, leg or chest and connecting it beyond the blocked arteries in your heart. This redirects blood around a section of a blocked or partially blocked artery in your heart.
2

Arrhythmia surgery corrects a genetic heart defect.

Explanation:
Arrhythmia surgery corrects irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.
3

Angioplasty is a very invasive procedure.

Explanation:
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that widens narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins. The surgeon attaches a deflated balloon to a catheter, passes it over a guide-wire into the vessel, and inflates it to a fixed size. In some cases, a stent is inserted to keep the vessel open, then deflates the balloon and removes it.
4

If you have a genetic heart defect, congenital heart surgery might be an option.

Explanation:
Congenital heart surgery can correct a genetic heart defect.
5

Risks of heart surgery include bleeding, stroke, infection and irregular heartbeats. Risks are higher for older adults and women.

Explanation:
Although the results are usually excellent, like any type of surgery heart surgery has risks. Risks include bleeding, stroke, infection and irregular heartbeats and are higher for older adults and women. Your risk is also higher if you have other conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease and peripheral arterial disease.

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