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Low oxygen levels after open heart surgery

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Hennig
Thoracic Surgery 19 years experience
Stop smoking...: Chances are that after bypass surgery you will not need oxygen at home. But that being said, stopping smoking is an absolute necessity. All the pain... Read More
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
It's a Problem: Smoking up until the time of CABG will cause more secretions in your lungs. You might end up going home on oxygen for a short time after surgery. Best... Read More

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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Any infection?: We do wire the sternum together. If it has disrupted internally you may need requiring, or plating. You probably have some motion of the bone which ... Read More
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
See a doctor.: Broken wires (as you know) can be related to pain after heart surgery. High blood sugar can have a lot of causes. Diabetes is a big one. Another is in... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not to worry: 359 in most labs is an insignificant elevation. It's possibly related to Lipitor (atorvastatin) use (not a reason to stop it), but just simple muscula... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Diastolic BP.: In and of themselves, those diastolic BP numbers seem fine. You could still be recovering from the surgery. Or you could be feeling tired from any n... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lee Marcus
Cardiology 31 years experience
See doctor: Since you are on anticoagulants that are 100% necessary in your case, the cause of bleeding must be aggressively pursued and treated, and your blood c... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Would see MD: Your dad obviously has risk of peripheral vascular disease. He could have blood clot and if has associated calf pain would seek attention soon. If h... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
Low cholesterol diet: To slow down the atherosclerotic process, a low cholesterol, low sodium diet with fish instead of red meat and polyunsaturated instead of animal fats ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Same as before: Diet and exercise keep the typical patient healthy after bypass surgery. This is the same advice given to a cardiac patient who has not had bypass su... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Probably the most common forms of heart surgery in a woman who are of child bearing age are heart valve surgery and repairs of congenital defects. Mo... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Nothing after midnit: There are really no dietary restrictions before heart surgery really. After you will have to follow a low salt low fat diet with limited fluid intake.

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