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Does Heart Bypass Surgery Increase Longevity In A Person
The cardiothoracic surgeon exposes the heart vessels beyond the arteriosclerotic occlusion, and performs microarteriotomy then anastomoses the end of an internal mammary artery, radial artery, saphenous vein to the coronary. The opposite end of the bypass is anastomosed to the aorta, another arterial inflow, or not at all if the mammary is kept proximally attached. ...Read more
Insulin resistance: Metabolic syndrome is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full blown diabetes, heart disease and htn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seriously? : Tatib5, in medicine, as in life, there are never any guarantees. I tell my patients that i guarantee that i will do my best to help them and i'll be there for them if things go wrong. Bypass surgery is a routine operation with a low operative mortality in most patients guarantees are not possible. ...Read more
Absolutely!: If somebody is diagnosed with coronary heart disease before any damage is done to the heart muscle, we now have the tools to provide a totally normal life in many such patients. By restoring blood flow, and then aggressively preventing this process from coming back (diet, exercise, quitting smoking and aggressive medications), the outlook is often excellent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does obstructive sleep apnea affect heart function or Atherosclerosis in the arteries ? In which way is it a risk factor for heart disease ? Thanks doctors
What to do if a transplanted heart has no nerve supply, how does the cardiac output of a transplanted heart increase and adapt to physiological changes?
Many things: Many things contribute; some modifiable, others not. Things you can't change include family history, gender, genetics (although you can test for the latter). Things you can change or at least affect: smoking (stop!), exercise, diet, cholesterol & other biomarkers, diabetes/prediabetes/insulin resistance, blood pressure, inflammation. These things damage vessel walls & lead to plaque formation/chd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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