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Is heart bypass surgery serious?

Heart bypass surgery is a serious surgery.  As with any surgery, there are risks and benefits.  If your doctor recommended bypass surgery, you already have a serious heart condition, with blockages to blood flow that put you at risk of future heart attacks, heart rhythm problems, and congestive heart failure.

The risks of bypass surgery include bleeding, infection, strokes, heart attack, kidney, and lungs problems.  These usually occur in about 2% of cases. You can learn more at

What is coronary (heart) bypass surgery?

Is coronary bypass surgery the same as open heart surgery?

How long does coronary bypass surgery take?

Do the doctors break your ribs during bypass surgery?

How long do you stay in the hospital after coronary artery bypass surgery?

How painful is bypass surgery recovery?

What is the survival rate after bypass surgery?

Are there alternative treatments to coronary artery bypass?

* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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