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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)

Heart bypass surgery is for coronary artery atherosclerotic disease. Arteries and veins are used as bypass grafts to bring new blood supply into coronary arteries beyond these blockages. These operations are done usually with cardiopulmonary bypass via a sternotomy incision. Relief of angina, improved survival and heart function ...Read more


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Can a person have another aneurysm if he has had surgery to repair his aorta?

Yes: Yes. Other segments of the aorta can become aneurysmal, or other arteries such as the iliac or popliteal arteries, or even arteries of the brain. The most common non-cranial aneurysm is the aorta below the kidneys. This is most common in men >65 who have ever smoked. Brain / cerebral aneurysms can occur at any age and are slightly more common in women. ...Read more

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What can someone eat if he or she had coronary heart disease?

What can someone eat if he or she had coronary heart disease?

Anything... but...: You can eat anything, but in reality your best bet is to switch to a more healthful diet which is what i call "flexeterian" -- mostly plant based products (vegetables and fruits and only 100% whole grains) and avoidance of most animal products, dairy, etc. When you do eat meat, limit yourself to small portions of poultry or fish that is steamed or grilled. ...Read more

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My dad is 80, and doesn't want to get a heart cath to detr if he has clogged arteries. What could the repercussions be of not doing the procedure?

My dad is 80, and doesn't want to get a heart cath to detr if he has clogged arteries.  What could the repercussions be of not doing the procedure?

Discuss w doctor: That is certainly his right. Many patients with CAD can be managed effectively w conservative strategies. Lack of even a confirmatory diagnostic heart cath might lead to a path of medication choices based on presumption rather than a confirmed diagnosis. This exposes him to potential side effects as well. Regardless, current data suggests that these procedures can be done safely in the elderly. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you had a bypass on your aorta, is that considered coronary artery disease?

I'm just wondering, if you had a bypass on your aorta, is that considered coronary artery disease?

No: Coronaries are the arteries directly to the heart. Aorta goes from heart to the abdomen and divides into iliacs which go toward the legs. Some coronary grafts start on ascending aorta with veins to distal coronaries. ...Read more

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Can someone use a hyperbaric chamber if he or she has had an aortic aneurysm?

Can someone use a hyperbaric chamber if he or she has had an aortic aneurysm?

Yes: Hbot is safe in patients with AAA - the AAA should be monitored by a vascular surgeon to determine if it needs to be repaired. ...Read more

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My father in law has thoracic aortic aneurysm that needs surgery? How long can he live with it untreated?

Depends on the size: The larger the size the greater the risk for rupture which has devastating impact and poor survival. Would encourage repair if a good candidate for surgery. ...Read more

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Will my child need a heart transplant if he has pulmonic stenosis?

Will my child need a heart transplant if he has pulmonic stenosis?

No: Pulmonary stenosis (ps) without other heart problems is relatvely easy to manage. Only a small fraction of children with ps require any sort of repair, which is often possible with a catheter procedure rather than surgery. Heart transplant would not be considered unless there were other more severe cardiac issues in addition to ps. ...Read more

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My husband had open heart surgery at 57 for a mitrial valve repair. At 66 he needs his aortic valve replaced He is in excellent health. Can he have a third operation when that tissue valve wears out?

My husband had open heart surgery at 57 for a mitrial valve repair. At 66 he needs his aortic valve replaced He is in excellent health. Can he have a third operation when that tissue valve wears out?

Sure: The suggestion would be to cross the bridge when you get there. Since he's in good health he probably won't need any more surgeries... There are other minimally invasive valve procedures being developed... So when the time comes for third - he may be a candidate for that. ...Read more

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What does 30% heart function mean? The dr's told my friend his grandpa has that & surgery options not an option. He had heart attack & stents placed?

What does 30% heart function mean? The dr's told my friend his grandpa has that & surgery options not an option. He had heart attack & stents placed?

Your friend have : Ischemic cardiomiopathy. The left ventricle is weak due to the heart attack. 30% ejection fraction it's a measurement of the left ventricular effectiveness in pumping blood. Normal is more than 55%. If surgery not an option your friend need to change his lifestyle and follow100% the cardiologist medical regimen. Cardiac rehabilitation very important. Good luck. ...Read more

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My dad is in end stage renal failure, they told him yesterday that his liver is starting to fail. He also has calcified arteries in his heart. How long will he live with all of this? He doesn't want open heart surgery and I don't really think he would ma

My  dad is in end stage renal failure, they told him yesterday that his liver is starting to fail. He also has calcified arteries in his heart. How long will he live with all of this? He doesn't want open heart surgery and I don't really think he would ma

It's his decision: Your father has serious medical problems. It's impossible to accurately gauge operative risk without all the details, but renal and kidney failure complicate the prospect of heart surgery. In any case, the decision to have surgery is in his hands. Get the best information from the medical team, and discuss it with your family. ...Read more

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My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?

My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery.  Does his spleen need to be removed?

Not necessarily: Is he having a lot of pain? Is the original issue that required arterial embolization still active? How much of the vascular arcade was embolized? It is in your husband's best interest to keep in touch with the doc who performed the procedure. ...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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Can i exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70's and had a slight aortic aneurysm. He wants to start exercising in the gym, but i'm concerned it may be dangerous. Are there any particular machines or exercises he should avoid?

Can i exercise with aortic aneurysm? My father is in his 70's and had a slight aortic aneurysm.  He wants to start exercising in the gym, but i'm concerned it may be dangerous.  Are there any particular machines or exercises he should avoid?

Your : Your father should avoid activities that raise the blood pressure excessively. Heavy weight lifting should be avoided at all costs, and he should focus on light aerobic activity such as briskly walking on a treadmill. A good rule of thumb is to exercise just enough to break a light sweat while maintaining the ability to carry on a conversation. I would recommend that he have an exercise stress test with a cardiologist to assess his blood pressure response to exercise and to help develop an exercise prescription. Any chest, back or abdominal pain or pressure with exercise should be taken very seriously and prompt immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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46 years old with bifurcation aorta iliac artery atherosclerosis do I have to wait for a bypass or can a stent be placed severe heart disease in fam?

46 years old with bifurcation aorta iliac artery atherosclerosis  do I have to wait for a bypass or can a stent be placed  severe heart disease in fam?

Get angiogram: If you have aortoiliac iliac disease an angiogram will help define the anatomy.stent are very effective in this location and are really the first line treatment. At age 46 with family history , modification of diet and life style are very important. No smoking! Cardiac evaluation with stress test with be added to your work up almost certainly. ...Read more

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Is unfolding if aorta serious? Fatal or can be treated? Someone close to me has the X-ray showing everythg else ok but unfolding of aorta ...

Is unfolding if aorta serious? Fatal or can be treated? Someone close to me has the X-ray showing everythg else ok but unfolding of aorta ...

Aorta: Unfolding of aorta is a common finding in chest x-ray of elderly individuals seen as senescent changes. It is benign and due to aorta losing some of the elasticity as aging process . Unfolding as such is benign unless associated with aneurysm. ...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