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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you have pre-emptive heart bypass surgery to mitigate the risk of death by heart attack?

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 48 years experience
NO: There is not such a thing as "per-emptive" bypass surgery. If you are worried about heart attack, you have to address risk factors, including: Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Exercise and a prudent diet will help you more than anything else.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the the risks & drawbacks of heart bypass surgery - not the benefits?

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Dr. David Greenfield
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
See below: Risks include death, stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, respiratory failure, bleeding and infection. Gi or bowel or liver complications are much less frequent but can occur. The drawback is that it is a major operation that may take 2 - 3 months to fully recover from. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of patients do very well with marked improvement in quality of life afterward.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2015

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