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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Ask your heart Doc: This is not a question for the site. The best source of information about a complicated issue is the physicians who have examined you and know you bes ... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Lifting: The sternum should be well healed after 3 months. You should be able to lift normally. If you mean to get pregnant, that is a serious decision wit ... Read More

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Ask docs: Sounds like you want to check with his cardiologist. I would also advise to see a second opinion cardiologist to feel comfortable about decisions.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience Cardiology
CABG 1-2 % mortality: For coronary artery bypass surgery generally in the 1-2% mortality range; for valve replacement 4-5%, higher in re-do surgery.
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Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not so bad: The national averages for CABG operations are roughly a 2-3-% mortality rate and 5% morbidity rate for stroke, bleeding, infection, etc. Some patient ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
It depends: What i found is that open heart surgery costs vary widely from the average 'list price' of $125k to the average negotiated price of over $37k (this wa ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It depends: Factors like your age, general health, other health problems you might have, prior heart surgeries, pumping function of your heart, and, of course, wh ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Bypass: The heart is stopped and the blood returning to the heart is instead diverted to the pump oxygenator, a machine that adds oxygen to the blood which is ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Well, it is technically more difficult for a heart surgeon if the patient has had previous surgery, but it still should be safe and, of course, if the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Open heart: read this: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002950.htm
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Depends: That depends on exactly what is done, how technically difficult it is in that patient, how fast the surgeon is, etc. But probably aboutr four hours. T ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Very good: Risk factors can change that, but generally the risk from surgery is low< 2% dying, bleeding, infection etc. Obese, diabetic, renal failure, smokers ... Read More
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