A 38-year-old member asked:
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does having heart surgery recently make me more susceptible to lung infections?

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Dr. Hon Lee
Dr. Hon Lee answered
35 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Short answer is yes.: Having had any surgery impacts respiratory mechanics due to pain, the stress and trauma of the surgery. That is why post op instructions include major emphasis on incentive spirometry.
Answered on Aug 12, 2015
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Dr. David Cooke
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Not really: Duringa hospital stay in patient is at risk for hospital acquired pneumonia but heart surgery in itself is not an independent risk factor.
Answered on Jul 29, 2015
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
In a way.: Pneumonia is a known complication after heart surgery. One of the big reasons for this is that it hurts to cough and take deep breaths because of the incisional/sternal pain after surgery. If you don't cough, your don't clear junk out of your lungs.
Answered on Mar 27, 2014

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