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Collapsed Lung After Heart Surgery
air in the chest is very common as the very delicate pleura may be entered anytime.
This is called collapse- pneumothorax. The chest tubes drain fluid and air.
Post operative atelectasis is also called collapse and follows chest surgery, pain, poor cough, and improves with incentive spirometry, cough with pain control. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
During an open heart surgery, does the heart stop before they put the heart lung machine or they put it while the heart is beating?
I am 44 yrs old and fit. I had open heart surgery three years ago for a heart defect. (A hole in my heart and two of my veins from my lungs were going into the rt side instead of left of my heart) I am a personal trainer and exercise a lot but can no lo
Congenital Heart: Your question ran out of space;however residual or recurrent symptoms often are present and need appropriate assessment and management- so its imperative you seek consultative input to help you. ...Read more
Cardiopulmonary bypass machine supports the patient.
Tubes- cannulae are placed in the veins to drain by gravity the blood to an oxygenator receptacle, the blood is oxygenated, and pumped through another cannula system to the arterial circulation.,
the are multiple kinds, and sizes of these tubes!
we can place them in any big artery or vein to get the flow we need. ...Read more
Is smoking worse for your heart or lungs ?
If you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery and smoke cig. sometimes, is this bad for the heart ?
Smoking: smoking is bad for everyone except maybe those selling the things ...Read more
Early and late: Early complications can be as minor as a little "shrinkage" f the lung from the anesthesia, and your doc will give you an "incentive spirometer" to encourage you to breath. Still, some people get pneumonia, and this is more serious. During or shortly after surgery, you can get fluid backed up into your lung. Late complications include blood clots, and pleural reactions (fluid around the lung). ...Read more
My sister had a heart surgery the outcame was good but now she has fluids in her lungs. And also breathing problems?
Can metropolol cause shortness of breath if you don't have asthma or any lung disease..Been taking it due to heart surgery?
Possible: It sometimes gives that sensation being sob. But i would suggest to get evaluation before blaming to any drug. It should not be stopped without discussing with cardiologist. ...Read more
I recently had open heart surgery to correct endocarditis effects. Now I am suffering from chest pain and cold sweats during exercise. Is this normal?
No it is not normal.
You need to see the surgeon as soon as possible.
It might be wise to go today to the nearest Emergency Facility to make sure that things are OK for now while waiting for a doctor's appointment. ...Read more
Is having a lot of chest xrays done ok if youve had heart surgery for mitral valve repair? Radiation wont damage after heart surgery
Dad had coronary stents and now he has severe chest pain and dyspnea his cardiac contractility function is 32 % is he in need of open heart surgery ?
Ask docs: Sounds like you want to check with his cardiologist. I would also advise to see a second opinion cardiologist to feel comfortable about decisions. ...Read more
Incision: Usually sharp pain after a sternotomy is incisional. You might have pulled something if you were overexerting yourself. If pain meds don't make it improve then make appointment to see your surgeon. ...Read more
Chest pain that started the night my dad had open heart surgery. I had stress tests and everything says I'm fine. Still have chest pain. Just anxiety?
Most likely: Chest pain in a 23 year old is very unusual for it to be the real thing -- i.e. Coronary artery disease from cholesterol build-up. Probably is anxiety as u know your dad had CABG. BUT if you are diabetic and/or known obesity and/or excess LDL, then chest pain can be real. BUT if you are healthy, young, fit individual without major risk factors then ought not to be coronary artery disease. ...Read more
I had a open heart surgery about a year ago becuz i had a heart murmur. Since then, i sometimes feel pain from my chest and heart, it occur when i walk and lay on my front for awhile. It's that normal?
Get evaluated: One year later, chest pain with exercise should be evaluated. This could be angina. Your age makes it less likely there is coronary artery disease, however you should get testing. Go see a cardiologist. Ask for stress testing or angiogram of your coronary vessels. Be well. ...Read more
Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?
My son is 5 months post op from open heart surgery. He has a rash around his chest scar. It is a red sandpaper feeling. Normal or call the ped.
Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching.Cause for concern?
Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, i found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th
Got to the er for chest pain. Go to the er for respiratory failure (sob, difficulty breathing, air hunger) although it could also be cardiac failure secondary to a heart attack or angina.
Combination of COPD and heart disease is not good so must see cardiologist and pulmonologist/or internist (if comfortable in managing sever respiratory problems). Past h/o a trach makes him high risk. ...Read more
How long does it take for ones chest to heal from open heart surgery? And how long does it take to fully recover?
39 years ago i had open heart surgery at the age of 3. Ever since, I have lived with the sensation that my chest will tear apart. Its getting worse.
What was done?
Or may need additional work.
Get checked by thoracic surgeon for any instability of bone - sternum.
At 39 years should be solid bone unless there was an infection or fibrous non- union and fluid. ...Read more
I had open heart surgery 9 months ago and i still have a lot of chest pain. It is not my heart as we have ruled that out. What could be causing this?
some testing, and see surgeon. ...Read more
Where begins and where ends sternotomy scar on chest after heart surgery and what length is this scar? How long takes complete heal of this scar?
2-3 months: Scar usually from sternal notch to upper abdomen. ...Read more
I am waiting for heart surgery to replace a valve. Having chest pain and i just took my BP and it was 125/106. Took BP several times. Cause for this?
Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and
Yes: Unfortunately, heart failure is very serious and progression is life threatening. There have been great strides in improving outcomes, but any effective treatment relies on patients learning about the disease and knowing how to respond to symptoms, how to effectively manage fluids, and how to make heart healthy lifestyle decisions.If the chest pain is new, head to the ED tonight. ...Read more
My mother had passed away after heart surgery.i feel shortness of breath after sex and had chest pain .my ECG and echos r normal.i am just 22 now.
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My cousin 6 weeks baby you just had heart surgery, fluid in her lungs, & other problems, she notice a white spec inside one her pupil. Is it danger?
Probably Not: Spots in pupils generally do not indicate anything serious. They can actually be quite common. But if still worried, please talk with your child's cardiologist to learn more about their specific issues. ...Read more
CHF: Fluid in the lungs after heart surgery is usually due to congestive heart failure. CHF is not an uncommon complication, depending on the condition before surgery and the type of operation but it can be managed efficiently and well by the surgical team. Follow their advice, take medicines as prescribed, don't smoke, and you'll have done all you can do. ...Read more
Could there be negative affect on lung function slightly below average performance 1yr after being on heart and lung machine for Open Heart Surgery?
Yes, brain, heart &: lungs, etc. because clots form in blood while being moved through the long plastic, non-endothelium lined tubing between your chest & within the heart lung machine a few feet away from your body. Thus heparin is infused into the blood shortly after leaving your body (too much would ↑ bleeding) yet can never prevent all microscopic clots which block microcirulation after blood is returned to body. ...Read more
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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