While heart disease is often thought of as mainly being influenced by lifestyle factors, genetics can play a greater role in some people.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
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Coronary Bypass surgery can be performed in one of two ways: utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass (“on pump”) or with the heart beating (“off pump” or “beating heart” surgery). Given the extensive experience of our staff members in both approaches, rather than committing to one approach or the other, our surgeons taylor each patient’s operation based on the patient’s needs, risk factors and anatomy/disease.
Our surgeons are also leaders in the utilization of multiple arterial grafts, including bilateral internal mammary (thoracic) artery utilization (commonly referred to as BIMA or BITA), which has been shown to confer a survival advantage in a certain subset of patients when compared to single left internal mammary (thoracic) artery procedures (“LIMA” or “LITA”). Our division’s yearly experience with arterial rather than venous conduit use has resulted in more than triple the rate of arterial graft utilization when compared to the national average figures.
We also specialize in coronary artery endarterectomy, a complicated procedure which enables us to offer surgery to many patients who may have been deemed inoperable at other institutions. We have thus remained a regional and national tertiary referral center for coronary artery bypass surgery, with patients travelling from out of state for a second opinion or for operative treatment.
Our outcomes in coronary bypass surgery have earned us for several years in a row a 3 out of 3 star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a distinction earned by less than 10% of centers nationally.
Surgical Director, Coronary Artery Bypass Program
- Surgical Director, Coronary Artery Bypass Program
- Quality Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery
- Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Imaging
This video shows a right internal mammary artery to circumflex artery bypass.
Calcified plaque removed from a coronary artery
11 cm endarterectomy specimen (calcified plaque) removed from a coronary artery, enabling previously deemed inoperable patient to undergo coronary bypass procedure.
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What to expect before, during and after your surgery at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.
- Mar | 26 | 2021
Malissa Wood, MD, cardióloga de Mass General, afirma que el entorno, incluyendo los amigos, la familia y el lugar de trabajo, puede influir en su salud del corazón.
- Press Release
- Mar | 26 | 2021
A new study uncovers potential mechanisms that may contribute to “broken heart syndrome,” or Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), a temporary heart condition that is brought on by stressful situations and emotions.
- Feb | 18 | 2021
Christopher Learn, MD, of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and Department of Medicine, reviews the opportunities and challenges of adolescents and young adults transitioning to adult care providers.
- Feb | 5 | 2021
Michael Honigberg, MD, reviews the epidemiology of heart disease in women, differences in heart disease between women and men, unique sex-specific risk factors for heart disease in women and special considerations for promoting female heart health.
- Press Release
- Feb | 4 | 2021
Fine particulate air pollution stimulates production of inflammatory cells, leading to inflammation of the arteries.