Broward Health

February 2010

Local restauranteur Steve Martorano knows how to listen to his body. Two years ago, this ability helped save his life.

Excerpt: The next step was coronary artery bypass surgery. "We open up the chest, take an arteries from behind the breastbone and a piece of vein out of the leg and we use that to bypass a part of the coronary  artery," explains Dr. Kenneth Herskowitz, medical director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Heart Center of Excellence. The blood vessels end up grafted above and below the blocked area, creating the bypass, essentially a new route for blood to flow that skirts around the blocked arteries. 

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