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Autologous blood boosts vein graft viability in coronary bypass surgery

Researchers have unveiled a game-changing technique for preserving veins during coronary bypass grafts.

New findings suggest that substituting the traditional saline solution with a mixture of the anticoagulant heparin and a patient’s own blood significantly enhances the protection of veins from cell and tissue damage.

The study was conducted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and Carilion Clinic and published in the January issue of the Journal of Vascular Research.

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