Grafts are used near a blocked or narrowed blood vessel. This makes a path for blood to move around it. In this case, the grafts were placed on the coronary arteries. This helps blood get to the heart muscle.
It will take about 4 to 6 weeks to get better. Self-care and medicines will help.
To lower the risk of infection:
Small paper strips on the incision will peel off. Remove the strips 1 week after you get home.
If a leg vein was removed:
Follow the diet as advised by your doctor. This will probably include a heart healthy diet that is low in salt and fat.
Rest and return to activities slowly. You will follow a program to help your heart get better. Also:
You may have stopped taking medicine before surgery. You can take it again when your care team has said it is okay.
You may need medicines to:
When taking medicines:
Check your temperature 2 times a day. Weigh yourself every morning. Share this information with your doctor.
New habits can help you get better. Your care team can help you to:
Your doctor will need to check on your progress. Be sure to go to all advised appointments.
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American Heart Association
Society for Vascular Surgery
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
Coronary artery bypass. Texas Heart Institute website. Available at: https://www.texasheart.org/heart-health/heart-information-center/topics/coronary-artery-bypass. Accessed April 30, 2021.
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/procedure/coronary-artery-bypass-graft-cabg-surgery. Accessed April 30, 2021.
Coronary artery bypass graft surgery: an overview. Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: https://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/nursing-reference-center. Accessed April 30, 2021.
Coronary artery bypass grafting. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/coronary-artery-bypass-grafting. Accessed April 30, 2021.
Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Nicole S. Meregian, PA Last Updated: 7/21/2021