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Beating Heart Surgery

Instead of operating on a motionless heart, the surgeon attaches the blood vessel to the coronary artery while the heart is still beating. This is called “beating heart” or “off pump” coronary surgery. A "stabilizing" device is generally used to reduce motion in the area of attachment. Intracoronary shunts are used to  minimize bleeding and maintain blood flow to the distal vessel.

In some patients, off pump surgery may reduce the need for blood transfusion, renal complications and postoperative complications. The risks and benefits of off pump surgery are still being studied and not everyone is a candidate. When you meet with your surgeon, he will assess your medical history and review your cardiac and pulmonary function and cardiac catheterization films to help him determine if you are a candidate for off-pump surgery.

Put Your Heart in Expert Hands at Adventist HealthCare

Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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