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Article
August 6, 1982

Heart Bypass: What Every Patient Must Know

JAMA. 1982;248(5):597. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330050079048

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Abstract

This book is unique in that it provides broad, unbiased data on controversial issues. In this highly informative volume, the author reviews all the options the patient is entitled to know when he decides to undergo heart surgery. Modern cardiology has become a realm of spectacular diagnostic and surgical techniques. Impressive surgical suites, replete with expensive and sophisticated equipment including blinking monitors and artificial heart pumps, have become widely familiar. The patient's expectations for total cure are very high indeed.

In separate chapters, this book tries to answer basic questions: What is angina pectoris? What is the bypass operation, and why is it so controversial? Am I a candidate for bypass surgery? What is the operation like, and what are the risks? Can angina be treated without surgery? How is life after surgery? Are there alternatives to surgery?

The real advantages and limitations offered by modern cardiology are thus placed

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