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Since narrowed arteries can lead to a heart attack, your doctor may want to perform a surgery to improve the blood flow to your heart.

In coronary artery bypass surgery, the doctor will usually take a vein from your arm or leg, and use it to make a detour around the blocked artery.

Your blood gets to "bypass" the blocked area, and that's how the surgery got its name.

If the doctor does a bypass in more than one area, it's called a double-, triple-, or quadruple-bypass.

Last modified: 2012-03-06