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A 45-year-old member asked:

how long could heart surgery take?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Variable : What diagnosis? Child? Adult? Most coronary bypass operations can be done in2-4 hours of operation. Some prep and some move time in and out of or.
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: There are multiple cardiac operations available, and they all take different times. The times are also surgeon- specific, and patient characteristics also come into play.

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A 51-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

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Dr. Irv Loh
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Cardiology 49 years experience
Usually 6-8 weeks: Assuming this was not minimally invasive or a percutaneous procedure, but a regular sternotomy with or without extracorporeal circulation ("on/off pump"), most patients are ambulatory within a day or two, home in 4 days, progressively walking comfortably within a week or so, and wounds and sternal incision back to baseline in 6 weeks. Any complications or anemia can delay full recovery.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is a 3rd degree heart block?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Bad stuff: Your heart rhythm is normally a carefully coordinated event that has a natural progression electrically to create an effective forceful heart beat. When you have 3rd degree block, it's completely discordant (ie nothing is working together) . When the different parts of the heart are doing their own thing without communicating properly, it's life threatening and requires a pacemaker
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I find my maximum heart rate when running?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Take your pulse: At some point during peak exercise stop and take your pulse. Count the heartbeats over 10 seconds (and multiply by 6) or 15 seconds (and multiply by 4). This will give you beats per minute, which are the units to measure heart rate.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What does the anesthesiologist do on the day of lumbosacral spasm surgery?

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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
A thorough: History and physical will be performed and a plan will be crafted suited to your needs and desires. The plan will be discussed with you and your questions answered prior to the beginning of the anesthetic.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

My grandpa is having septuple bypass heart surgery tomorrow morning. How long does this usually take? And is this a fairly basic surgery? Low risk?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Common: All heart surgery is complex. 3-5 hours would be a range septuples is above the average number but possible. It has become generally safe the risk depends on his risk factors smoking diabetes heart failure etc.

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