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Even though the risk may be higher for women and non-Caucasian patients, their long-term benefit from CABG is excellent, and they are likely to experience years of event-free survival (no heart attacks, death, angio-plasty, or repeated hospitalization). Women with known or suspected coronary artery disease should discuss CABG with their physicians because the benefit of this powerful intervention outweighs the risk of the surgery for many.

Bypass surgery typically takes about three to five hours. After surgery, most patients remain in the hospital for four to seven days.

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