Google Doodle honors pioneering heart surgeon Rene Favaloro

CNET | 7/11/2019 | Steven Musil
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Rene Favaloro pioneered the use of coronary artery bypass surgery to combat clogged arteries.

You may not recognize the name Rene Favaloro, but it's a safe bet you know someone whose life has been saved by the Argentinian heart surgeon's pioneering coronary artery bypass surgery.

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More than 16 million Americans suffer from coronary heart disease, a condition that occurs when plaque builds up inside arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles. It's for his development of a procedure that has saved countless lives in the last half century that Google on Friday honored Favaloro with a Doodle on what would've been his 96th birthday.

In the 1960s, Favaloro began to explore the benefits of coronary artery bypass surgery, or CABG, to treat these obstructions. Often pronounced "cabbage," CABG takes arteries or veins from other parts of the body -- known as grafts -- and uses them to reroute blood flow around a clogged heart artery.

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Favarolo's focus was on using the saphenous vein -- located in your leg, it's the longest in your body -- in CABG, and in 1967, he performed what is considered the first successful coronary bypass surgery, on a 51-year-old woman.

Born in 1923 in La Plata, Argentina, Favaloro spent the first 12 years of his medical career as a country doctor. Seeking to...
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