Does heart surgery cure heart disease?

Despite medical advances, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in most countries especially in the western world.  The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease which results from narrowing and blockage of the coronary arteries.

The commonest heart operation performed in the world is coronary artery bypass surgery.

Do you believe that this surgery, which carries a significant risk of death, stroke and other complications, cures heart disease?

Unfortunately the answer is no.

In a bypass operation, the surgeon constructs a new pathway for the blood to flow and to supply to areas of the heart which have been deprived of blood flow from the originally blocked arteries.

Successful surgery means the patient survives the operation with an improved blood supply to the heart.

How long can the improved situation last?

Not very long, unfortunately, since whatever is in the body that is causing the blockage is still present. No amount of medications can reverse this, despite claims to the contrary from drug companies.

You can help yourself to avoid heart disease.