BC Advantage - 2008 Issue 5

The ABC's of CABG

Coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) is a surgical procedure performed in order to go around (bypass) blockages in the coronary arteries to improve blood flow.  This article will address why the procedure is performed, how the procedure is performed, and how to code the procedure.Cardiovascular Disease In the United States, it is estimated that one in three adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.  Cardiovascular disease includes high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, and congenital cardiovascular defects.  Here are some scary statistics:Almost 2,400...

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