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Do some patients have altered mental status over a week past open heart surgery?

Do some patients have altered mental status over a week past open heart surgery?

Yes: If properly tested with neuropsychological tests many patients have mild memory problems up to a year after ohs. Fortunately the vast majority have no obvious changes noticeable to them or their family members. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

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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Why do hair fall to a open heart surgery patient with two volves replaced?

Why do hair fall to a open heart surgery patient with two volves replaced?

It's complicated.: Hair loss can happen for a number of reasons, lots of them unrelated to surgery. However, the stress and trauma of surgery, as well as medications to treat heart problems or blood pressure, or anemia after surgery can contribute. You should see a doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What are the consequences after an open heart surgery on a patient?

What are the consequences after an open heart surgery on a patient?

It depends: Hopefully improvement in symptoms. If the surgery is for coronary disease and chest pain, doing away with the pain. If it is for a leaking or too tight valve, improvement in things like fatigue and shortness of breath. There of course can be bad consequences such as rhythm problems, kidney failure, anemia, fluid around the lung, pain in the incision, stroke, and even death. ...Read more

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Why are post open heart surgery patients strict I&O and daily weights?

Why are post open heart surgery patients strict I&O and daily weights?

Edema: because of swelling and edema -- so we are trying to monitor the volume by weight and urine output ...Read more

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What could I do to make a open heart surgery patient comfortable after surgery?

What could I do to make a open heart surgery patient comfortable after surgery?

Lovely question!: First: just be there! it's very reassuring to know you're not alone. Second: they'll be weak and will need help for a few days. Meals, assistance getting to/from the bathroom. Next: find out their worries: bills need to be paid? Walk the dog? Feed the cat? Finally: distraction. When they're feeling better, bringing reading material, music, tv, shopping, cleaning the house. ...Read more

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A geriatric patient who has had open heart surgery years ago and recently had a stroke and is on blood thinners, can he take aleve (naproxen)?

A geriatric patient who has had open heart surgery years ago and recently had a stroke and is on blood thinners, can he take aleve (naproxen)?

I will avoid: Nsaid's like Naproxen in geriatric patients specially if they are in blood thinners. 50 millions american have gastritic/ulcer disease induced by nsaid's and around 3% of those will bleed from the disease. Also nsaid's are associated with stroke and heart attacks. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) without using more than 3, 000 mg a day. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

Major life event: Heart surgery brings one to recognize one's vunerability and some react with fear and depression - can be treated with medications. Others react with a positive change in their attitude towards loved ones and life generally. ...Read more

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Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Complex issue: Kids who have a normal intellect at birth tend to lag far behind their age equivalent peers on academic progress if they have complex congenital heart disease, this disparity tends to increase with increased time for hospital care and away from school. For others, the chd is just one parameter of a genetic or chromosome disorder that has reduced intellectual abilities to start with. ...Read more

Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more