Coughing after heart bypass surgery - Doctor answers

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

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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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When does the pain stop after heart bypass surgery?

When does the pain stop after heart bypass surgery?

Immediately: If the bypass is successful, the pain should no longer be present after the surgery. However, the incision itself will be painful for a while, but that should be a differnt type of pain. ...Read more

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What should I eat and what not to eat after heart bypass surgery?

What should I eat and what not to eat after heart bypass surgery?

In moderation: The answer is everything in moderation. The american heart association and butter busters are reasonable places to start.
Watch the salt (adjust to the natural taste of things), minimize the fats, if not off limits a bit of red wine is good, all combined with graduated exercise.

For more detail, ask your doctor about a nutritionist or for additional materials he/she may have prepared. ...Read more

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How long after after heart bypass surgery can you fly?

How long after after heart bypass surgery can you fly?

2-6 weeks: If you're recovering well, 2 weeks would be early but possible. 6 weeks would be entirely reasonable. ...Read more

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How soon can you fly in a plane after heart bypass surgery?

How soon can you fly in a plane after heart bypass surgery?

Depends: People recover at different rates. One person may leave the hospital in just a few days whereas another may be in the hospital for weeks. When you can resume normal activities including flying in a plane depends on whether there are complications. So there is no one answer to this question. The surgeon and cardiologist will advise you depending on how quickly you recover. ...Read more

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Is It Normal To Feel Very Tired After Heart Bypass Surgery?

Is It Normal To Feel Very Tired After Heart Bypass Surgery?

CABG fatigue: Fatigue is common after coronary artery bypass surgery however it is prudent to see your surgeon or provider to assess for other causes of fatigue such anemia or infection. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a patient after heart bypass surgery?

What is the life expectancy for a patient after heart bypass surgery?

It depends.: Bypass surgery helps to enhance blood flow to the heart muscle. It doesn't cure the disease. Prognosis depends on the extent of heart damage which may have occurred. It is vital that risk factors for progression of plaque buildup be controlled. Cessation of smoking is essential. Control of hypertension and cholesterol are important. Diabetics must achieve good control. Exercise is important too. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for ongoing sterum pain after heart bypass surgery. Currently at 7 months post op.

What is the medical term for ongoing sterum pain after heart bypass surgery. Currently at 7 months post op.

Sterna Pain: But needs evaluated for infection, instability, non-union of the bone sections.
Wire fracture and tenderness.
See the surgeon to assess, this is longer than common. ...Read more

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Having same symptoms 2 months after heart bypass surgery. Jaw pain when walking at moderate pace?

Having same symptoms 2 months after heart bypass surgery. Jaw pain when walking at moderate pace?

Jaw pain: Jaw pain is one symptom of a heart attack or cardiac insufficiency.
Make an appointment to see your cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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What is heart bypass surgery?

What is heart bypass surgery?

Bypass blockage: In simple terms, when you the arteries that take blood to the heart muscles are blocked, blood does not reach the further parts of the distribution area. So bypass literally bypasses the blockage with another artery supplying blood to the part of the heart distal to the blockage. ...Read more

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Does 5th heart bypass surgery exist?

Yes: You can have a quintuple (5x) coronary-artery bypass. For example, you can use 5 bypass grafts utilizing one artery from each arm, one from each leg, and the left internal mammary artery. ...Read more

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What happens in heart bypass surgery?

See below: A vein can be taken from the leg, sewn to the aorta and the other end is sewn to the coronary artery beyond a blockage. Thus blood flows from the aorta, through that vein, and then into the coronary artery bypassing the blockage. Alternatively, the internal mammary artery can be connected to the coronary artery. ...Read more

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What is a triple heart bypass surgery?

What is a triple heart bypass surgery?

3 coronaries bypasse: The heart, in general has 3 major arteries
(left anterior, circumflex and right)
but there can be a lot of variation and branches like highways and streets to get the blood traffic distributed.
We bypass those with wrecks- stenosis obstructions.
3-4 is common on the average.
More is possible depending on the anatomy and disease. ...Read more

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How is heart bypass surgery performed?

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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How long does heart bypass surgery last?

How long does heart bypass surgery last?

It varies.: The average cardiac surgeries take about four hours but the actual time on the heart lung machine (bypass time) is about two hours. These time vary depending on the complexity of the procedure being performed. ...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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Is triple heart bypass surgery dangerous?

Define dangerous: It is major surgery. People who need it are already in danger, in danger of a heart attack, or a sudden life threatening rhythm disturbance. Every case is individualized; some patients (and mds) may opt for medical management. The best surgical results come from places and docs that have high volume (not a "factory"), not the occasional case. Can get info state by state re: success and complicatio. ...Read more

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


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