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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can the person who went through coronary artery bypass surgery live a long life?

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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: Yes certainly. Bypass surgery under the right circumstance is performed to improve quality of life and also longevity. How long one survives after bypass is of course dependent on the age, condition of the heart and overall health at the time of the surgery.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can a person who went through coronary artery bypass surgery live a long and healthy life?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 years experience
Absolutely!: If somebody is diagnosed with coronary heart disease before any damage is done to the heart muscle, we now have the tools to provide a totally normal life in many such patients. By restoring blood flow, and then aggressively preventing this process from coming back (diet, exercise, quitting smoking and aggressive medications), the outlook is often excellent.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
The outlook depends of co morbidities, diabetes,obesity, emphysema,bronchitis,cesation of smoking to include some.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the advantages and limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Thoracic Surgery 33 years experience
Survival advantage: The advantages include relief of chest pain, prevention of heart attack and improving survival. The limitations include risks of surgery, pain and recovery time.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I was wondering is coronary artery bypass surgery expensive?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
CABG: Coronary artery bypass surgery is expensive. There are many doctors, nurses and facilities involved.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the death rate of coronary artery bypass surgery?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Less than 1%: It should be less than (typically, much less than, these days) 1% overall for any institution. If it is more, perhaps they should not be performing the procedure.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
The mortality of coronary bypass depends on co-morbidities, coronary anatomy, cardiac function, acuity, acute MI or not. May go from 1 to 15-20% sometimes higher. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Risk calculator will inform you the actual mortality on patients with the particular risk prophile.
Feb 29, 2012
A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the risk rate on coronary artery bypass surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
STS risk calculator: You can estimate the risk with the sts risk calculator. Search "sts risk calculator" on your favorite search engine. Based on many factors; age, comorbodities, renal function, ect... It will estimate the risk of having surgery. For a healthy 50 yo it should be around 1% mortality if undergoing bypass.

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