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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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When a breastbone is cracked open during open heart surgery, does it ever grow back together?

When a breastbone is cracked open during open heart surgery, does it ever grow back together?

Yes: Like any broken bone, the sternum can heal. It can also fail to heal, leaving one with a mobile chest wall. That is, fortunately, a lot less likely. ...Read more

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Sir is was operated with open heart surgery (pulmonary r.P) 1year back but still having some problem but i want to punch punching bag. What can I do?

Sir is was operated with open heart surgery (pulmonary r.P) 1year back but still having some problem but i want to punch punching bag. What can I do?

Probably: At a year the sternum-breast bone should be healed. Work your way through cardiac rehab to check your general capacity. Then start slow and steady to, your maximum level boxing may not be ideal in terms of taking the hits, but I have had a patient return to that as well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sharp pain around my arm pit left side of my brest bone after open heart surgery. please help.?

What to do if I have sharp pain around my arm pit left side of my brest bone after open heart surgery. please help.?

Not from heart: If you had a coronary bypass then the sharp pains to the left of the sternum may be due to the harvesting of the Internal mammary artery which requires cutting the pleura on either side of it. The pleura is highly innervated and cutting the sensory nerves produces a numbness over the left chest for many patients and then "pleuritic " pain as the nerves grow back. See your Surgeon if worried though ...Read more

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How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: I ask my patients to walk 10-20 minutes twice daily right away but caution that they are not expected to set land speed records. This should be combined with a cardiac rehab program and increase to one hour twice daily. ...Read more

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What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

Valve or vessel?: Prudent diet good idea for all. Avoid high fat, sugary, high salt, processed meats, processed grains. Eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole train bread, cereal, pasta, low fat or no fat dairy, poultry, fish. Dash diet (online): dietary approach to stop hypertension is tasty, nutritious, easy, has data supporting its use. There are others as well. Talk to dietician. ...Read more

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What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

Low cholesterol diet: To slow down the atherosclerotic process, a low cholesterol, low sodium diet with fish instead of red meat and polyunsaturated instead of animal fats is ideal. ...Read more

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What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

Unknown: Most people after heart surgery are at the mercy of their disease. Surgery will prolong survival in all patients which is why it is chosen. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Walking: The easiest and safest exercise is walking, but consult with your cardiologist before starting an exercise program and periodically afterwards. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery if as of now i bench 225.. After surgery when would i be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

Minimum 3 mo: I restrict my patients to 10 lbs with arms for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with limits of 25 lbs. Also no pushing or pulling. After the 3 months you can begin building back up slowly. ...Read more

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more


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