Heart Surgery: Pre-Op
Heart Surgery: During Hospital Stay
In a hospital, ICU stands for Intensive Care Unit. CCU stands for Coronary Care Unit. These are places with special equipment and highly trained nurses and doctors. This is where patients go after open-heart surgery or a heart attack. You're watched around the clock. The care you get here will help you recover safely and quickly. You may stay for several days, depending on the type of heart surgery and the time you need to recover. Then you may go to a regular hospital room.
Heart Surgery: Home Recovery
Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a heart operation. It uses blood vessels taken from another part of your body to go around or "bypass" blocked or narrowed coronary (heart) arteries. The surgery helps people whose coronary arteries have become narrowed or blocked by fatty material called plaque. The bypass allows more blood and oxygen to flow to the heart muscle.