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View in Spanish: Derivación aortocoronaria

Aortocoronary bypass (ay-OR-toh-KOR-uh-NAYR-ee BY-pass)
Surgery in which a healthy blood vessel taken from another part of the body is used to make a new path for blood around a blocked artery leading to the heart. This restores the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart. Also called CAB and coronary artery bypass.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.