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Can someone have heart bypass surgery if his or her aorta is calcified?

Can someone have heart bypass surgery if his or her aorta is calcified?

Yes. : A calcified aorta typically makes the procedure more challenging, mainly because most heart surgery requires a "bypass" machine to keep blood perfusing the body. The"return" cannula is typically inserted into the root of aorta. Calcified aorta makes this harder and riskier to do. Other options exist however, the femoral artery is ofter used if aorta severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Binford
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Heart Bypass Surgery (Definition)

The cardiothoracic surgeon exposes the heart vessels beyond the arteriosclerotic occlusion, and performs microarteriotomy then anastomoses the end of an internal mammary artery, radial artery, saphenous vein to the coronary. The opposite end of the bypass is anastomosed to the aorta, another arterial inflow, or not at all if the mammary is kept proximally attached. ...Read more


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What age does someone have to be to get coronary heart bypass surgery?

What age does someone have to be to get coronary heart bypass surgery?

See below: It is not a matter of what age you have to be. The disease tends to be more likely to be present in older people. So as you get older you are more likely to need it. If necessary, the surgery can even be done in very old patients so that age is not really a limiting factor. A child would very rarely need this type of surgery. ...Read more

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What would be the reason why someone would need second heart bypass surgery?

What would be the reason why someone would need second heart bypass surgery?

Progressive disease: After a first coronary operation, control of risk factors is preventive. Non smoking weight control exercize blood pressure and lipid monitoring and control either other native blood vessels, or the grafts can be involved with progressive atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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How is heart bypass surgery performed?

Stepwise: In short, after anesthesia is induced, the chest is opened and in some cases, the heart and lungs are bypassed (some are not done this way). Then arteries or veins are used/harvested to bypass heart blockages and then the chest is then closed and anesthesia is reversed. It is a bit more complicated, but this is the best brief answer i can give. ...Read more

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How dangerous is heart bypass surgery?

How dangerous is heart bypass surgery?

Not very: The average mortality rate from CABG nationally is about 2-3%. This increases in older, sicker patients with more medical illnesses, and those with heart failure and acute heat attacks. ...Read more

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What happens during heart bypass surgery?

What happens during heart bypass surgery?

Open Heart Surgery: Patients are placed on a heart lung machine to support their respirations and circulation while new blood vessels (arteries and veins) are grafted onto the hear to "bypass" areas that are blocked. ...Read more

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How are eecp & heart bypass surgery different?

How are eecp & heart bypass surgery  different?

Both for angina: They're both for angina. Bypass is a major open chest surgery. Eecp is non-invasive. Bypass provides lasting benefit and, in carefully selected patients, improves life expectancy. Neither is true for eecp. ...Read more

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What is minimally invasive heart bypass surgery?

What is minimally invasive heart bypass surgery?

It depends: Minimally invasive surgery can mean many things. The majority of cardiac bypass surgery is done using the heart lung machine and stopping the heart (on pump). But some surgeons do it with the heart beating (off pump). Other surgeons do it thru a 3-4 in incision between the ribs. Others do it thru several 1 inch incisions with the robot. These also can be done on or off pump. ...Read more

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What are the differences between eecp & heart bypass surgery ?

What are the differences between eecp & heart bypass surgery ?

CABG: Coronary bypass surgery is a highly effective treatment for symptomatic coronary artery disease not adequately controlled with diet, exercise and medications. EECP is a weakly effective treatment used when all other more effective treatments such as those above have not yielded symptom relief. It can help to improve symptoms when the more effective means haven't succeeded. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a cough after heart bypass surgery?

Yes, but: It hurts. Hold your chest with a pillow when you cough. If you have fever or sputum that is changing color or bloody, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more