Researchers find that using patients’ own blood, rather than saline, helps preserve veins in coronary bypass grafts

In a collaboration between the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and Carilion Clinic, researchers have learned that by preserving large superficial leg veins intended for coronary bypass grafting in a mixture of the anticoagulant heparin and blood, rather than heparin and saline, the veins were better protected from cell and tissue damage.

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