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Are People Always Put On A Ventilator During Cardiac Bypass
Yes.: Actually, by definition, people are put on a ventilator during all operations with general anesthesia. Due to the complexity of the surgery, many people are kept on the ventilator after open-heart surgery, however this is usually only for a short time. This is actually a quality metric reported by many cardiac surgery programs: see www.Sts.Org (risk adjusted prolonged intubation). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Protect the sternum: Essentially after any procedure that involves cutting the sternum, one has to protect it for a while (up to three months in some cases). It is best to support the sternum with a pillow (we give a "heart pillow" to the patients) which is pressed against the chest when the patient is sneezing or coughing. Patient is instructed essentially to hug the pillow. No specific rest position that i know of. ...Read more
Depends: Could be two things. Cardiopulmonary bypass is a machine/technique that takes over the function of the heart and lungs during cardiac surgery so that the heart can be stopped temporarily so that surgery can be performed on the nonbeating heart. Or coronary bypass (CABG) is the placement of a bypass graft, by surgery, to provide blood flow around a blocked coronary artery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early vs late: Pts early on are sore.Hurts to cough.They feel fatigued. Over time and after a few mos pts usuall feel well. They are back diving after 6 weeks. Many get enrolled in cardiac rehab.Pts actually will ultimately feel better with less angina due to the improved blood flow to the heart. ...Read more
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