A 46-year-old member asked:
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will smoking after heart bypass harm me?

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Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes knock it off: If the scar on the front of your chest doesnt convince you to stop smoking nothing will. Smoking will continue to damage your heart arteries and will also prematurely cause your grafts to fail. Never mind the ongoing risk of lung cancer, stroke, etc.
Answered on May 27, 2019
Dr. Matthew Hennig
18 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: Smoking will cause your bypass grafts to close down prematurely. Studies show that the life span of a bypass is significantly shortened with the smoking (10+ years down to maybe a year or so). Do everything you can to stop smoking. If you can stop before your bypass surgery, even better as it will help in your postop recovery.
Answered on Mar 27, 2017
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Possibly: What was the specific nature of the surgery? Inhaling second hand smoke is never healthy.

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