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Doctor insights on: Coughing After Heart Bypass Surgery

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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

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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Do you need to follow a diet and exercise program after heart bypass surgery?

Do you need to follow a diet and exercise program after heart bypass surgery?

Yes: Yes you should, unless you want to get another bypass sooner rather than later. ...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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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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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 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

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How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

Not very: As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep. By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest. ...Read more

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What does heart bypass surgery do in the heart?

What does heart bypass surgery do in the heart?

Improves blood flow: Bypass surgery is done for blockages in the heart arteries. Essentially we add more blood vessels to the heart to deliver blood to the areas blocked off. We go around the blockages (bypass). We're plumbers :). We put new pipe in by hooking up before and after the blockages. Unfortunately I can't go to home depot and buy pipe so we get it from veins in legs and arteries from breast bone and arms. ...Read more

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How many hours does heart bypass surgery go on?

Depends: It varies by how many bypasses need to be done and what is used to bypass as well as the experience of the surgeon. For a typical 3 vessel bypass using the interal mammary artery and leg vein, an average time would be 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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What to do if pre-emptive heart bypass surgery?

What to do if pre-emptive heart bypass surgery?

No such thing: There is no such a thing as pre-emptive heart bypass. By pass surgery is only done when there is already severe coronary artery disease (blockages) and never before. ...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 is the success rate of heart bypass surgery?

Bypass surgery: The overall mortality of bypass surgery is 3 percent. ...Read more

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Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Yes: The effects of the cardiopulmonary bypass during the surgery together with somewhat lower blood flow to the brain and possible embolization of very small clots or calcified plaques from the major blood vessels (the latter two possible even in off bypass surgeries) can lead to memory changes. It is a very well documented side effect of cardiac surgery. In most cases the changes are minimal. ...Read more

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Does heart bypass surgery increase longevity in a person?

Yes in some patients: In some patients with a damaged ventricle and left main or triple vessel coronary artery disease it does. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

One is surgery.: Eecp is external counterpulsation therapy for patients with angina that can not undergo coronary bypass surgery. Coronary bypass surgery requires a surgeon to open your chest and connect an artery or a saphenous vein between the aorta and the coronary arteries beyond the blockages with or without the use of a heart-lung circuit, w/wo stopping heart. ...Read more

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When was the first successful heart bypass surgery performed?

When was the first successful heart bypass surgery performed?

1964: The first successful bypass surgery was done in russia by dr kolesov in 1964. In the us dr favaloro at the cleveland clinic is credited with the first in 1967. He presented a paper describing a series of several successful cases. Cases. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to recover from heart bypass surgery?

I need some tips on how to recover from heart bypass surgery?

Walking: Cardiac rehab. Consists of walking and supervised upper extremity excersises. In general, the longer you get to walk, minding hydration and moderation, the better off you are. The sternum takes 6 weeks to begin new bone formation, so in general no push ups or similar activity for 3-6months. You'll feel most comfortable standing up or being straight up, as this improves yourlungfunction. Sleeplazyboy. ...Read more

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How long on average does it take to do a heart bypass surgery?

How long on average does it take to do a heart bypass surgery?

2-4 hours: It depends :
first operation
how many blockages
which grafts (? Artery or vein)
experience of surgeon and team

other risk factors
plavix or other causes of bleeding
heart function
obesity
combined surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about minimally invasive heart bypass surgery?

Be more specific: It's a huge topic. There are different definitions of 'minimally invasive' all over the literature. And the options differ for different diseases. ...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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What is the definition or description of: heart bypass surgery?

What is the definition or description of: heart bypass surgery?

CABG Surgery: 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 are the expected results. ...Read more

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Is triple heart bypass surgery a serious and complicated surgery?

Is triple heart bypass surgery a serious and complicated surgery?

Yes: Heart surgery is definitely major surgery. It requires the coordinated effort of several doctors, nurses, and technicians. Often the patient is placed on the heart lung machine and the heart is stopped temporarily. The arteries on the heart are usually only 1-2 mm in size - the size of a wire in a paper clip. Fortunately the rate of complication is very small. ...Read more

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What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read more

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What are the the risks & drawbacks of heart bypass surgery - not the benefits?

Low risk: For coronary bypass operations:the list includes dying, bleeding and reoperation, infection treated by antibiotics, stroke which is rare unless other risks.
Those who need the surgery have higher risks of these items without having an indicated operation.
In general the risks added together are less than 2% even in these ill persons. ...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