Favaloro Develops the Coronary Artery Bypass Operation (Great Events from History II: Science and Technology Series)
Article abstract: Favaloro developed the coronary bypass operation, using a vein from the leg, which developed into the most widely used procedure of this type.
Summary of Event
In the mid-1960’s, the leading cause of death in the United States was coronary artery disease, claiming nearly 250 deaths per 100,000 population (American Heart Association). Since a large proportion of these deaths were from coronary artery disease, there was much research being conducted on the heart. Most of the public’s attention was focused on heart transplants performed separately by the famous surgeons Dr. Christiaan Barnard and Dr. Michael DeBakey. Yet, other, less dramatic procedures were being developed and studied.
A major problem with coronary artery disease, besides the threat of death, is chest pain or angina. Individuals whose arteries are clogged with fat and cholesterol are...
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