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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the differences between eecp & heart bypass surgery ?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
CABG: Coronary bypass surgery is a highly effective treatment for symptomatic coronary artery disease not adequately controlled with diet, exercise and medications. EECP is a weakly effective treatment used when all other more effective treatments such as those above have not yielded symptom relief. It can help to improve symptoms when the more effective means haven't succeeded.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Invasive/noninvasive: Both coronary bypass surgery and eecp are used to treat patients with coronary artery disease and angina. Typically, bypass is for patients who have multiple blocked arteries or other situations where angioplasty and stenting are not feasible. Eecp is used for treatment when either angioplasty or bypass surgery are not feasible and the patient continues to have angina despite maximal medications.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How is heart bypass surgery performed?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Stepwise: In short, after anesthesia is induced, the chest is opened and in some cases, the heart and lungs are bypassed (some are not done this way). Then arteries or veins are used/harvested to bypass heart blockages and then the chest is then closed and anesthesia is reversed. It is a bit more complicated, but this is the best brief answer i can give.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How long on average does it take to do a heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
About 4 hours: Well it depends on exactly what type of surgery. Also it depends on whether there are any complicating problems that might occur during the surgery. It also depends on how fast the surgeon is. The result is more important than how long it takes, so if it takes longer, the patient may do fine. I sometimes ask how long does it take you to drive home or bake a cake. It might vary from day to day.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the age limit of heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
None, but...: Early 90 's occur, but late 90's (or 100s) are rare.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What is the success rate of heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Good for pain: Bipass is very successful in relieving angina pectoris, pain related to blockage in the arteries. In most circumstances, there is not good evidence that it also lengthens life. Whether you have surgery or not, it is critical to address your risk factors such as smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, diabetes, obesity, lack of exercise, etc.

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