Beating heart bypass surgery is also called off pump coronary artery bypass surgery opcab both opcab and conventional on pump surgery restore blood flow to the heart however off pump bypass surgery has proven to reduce side effects in certain types of patients. Coronary artery bypass surgery is performed to provide relief of angina to improve the pumping ability of the heart muscle to prevent heart attacks and to reduce the use of heart medications all of which should improve a patients quality of life. Topic overview standard coronary artery bypass graft cabg surgery works very well to improve blood flow to the heart but the procedure is very invasive to your body for two major reasons it involves making a large cut in your chest to expose your heart and arteries. Most people who require coronary artery bypass graft surgery are candidates for the beating heart approach surgeons weigh several factors such as the location of blocked arteries a patients history of past thoracic surgeries and the presence of co existing diseases. Off pump coronary artery bypass or beating heart surgery is a form of coronary artery bypass graft cabg surgery performed without cardiopulmonary bypass heart lung machine as a treatment for coronary heart disease it was primarily developed in the early 1990s by dr amano atsushi
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