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. © AHA
In order to maximize recovery and minimize the chance of hospital readmission, patients must take an active role in their recovery. This program will share what to expect early in the recovery process as well as common complications, how to prevent them and what to do if they arise.
"Your healthcare provider performed coronary artery bypass graft surgery (also called CABG, pronounced "cabbage"). This surgery created new pathways around blocked parts of your heart's blood vessels, allowing blood to reach your heart muscle. Your healthcare provider used a healthy blood vessel from another part of your body (a graft) to restore blood flow."
Your healthcare provider performed minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery. This surgery created a new pathway around a blocked part of your heart's blood vessels, allowing blood to reach your heart muscle. An alternative to traditional open-heart surgery, this procedure allowed your healthcare provider to operate through a few small incisions, instead of cutting through your breastbone. Here's what you need to know about home care.
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. © AHA
This surgery fixes a hole called an "ASD." It's in the wall between the heart's two upper chambers. These chambers are called the "atria." The hole lets blood without oxygen mix with blood that has oxygen in it. This decreases the amount of oxygen pumped out to the body. We usually close an ASD early in childhood to avoid health problems later on.