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What are the main risks of getting a triple heart bypass?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Risks of CABG: Main risks include wound infection, post op pneumonia, post or peri operative heart attack, stroke, requirement for blood transfusion, transient memory loss or dementia, kidney dysfunction and positioning injuries. A lot of items but keep in mind all of these are very low and as with any surgery, a risk/benefit analysis is important to consider.
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Heart attack, death: The technique of coronary bypass has matured over the years, and now carries an operative mortality of about 1-2%. Factors that increase risk are smoking, obesity, redo procedure. At 41 years old, assuming you are not a heavy smoker, you should do well.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there any serious dangers/risks of getting a triple heart bypass?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 21 years experience
Yes but also if not: Open heart cardiac bypass surgery has many potential risks during the surgery and during recovery- rhythm problems, fluid buildup around heart/in lung cavities, infection, etc. These potential problems are monitored closely and treated if they occur. The risk of severe obstructive coronary artery disease (requiring bypass sugery) is also very significant and life threatening if not treated.

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