For Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, One Type Of Open Heart Surgery Is Safer Than The Other

One type of open heart surgery is likely safer than the other for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of theJournal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). 

Open heart, or coronary artery bypass, surgery can be done two ways: on-pump or off-pump, depending on whether the patient is put on a heart-lung machine. Off-pump surgery allows a surgeon to perform a bypass without stopping the heart. This may help cut down on kidney injuries that can arise after heart surgery, which can deprive the kidneys of normal blood flow. 

While patients with CKD often have heart problems, they're usually excluded from heart bypass clinical trials and are often undertreated for heart disease

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