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Bypass heart surgery risks?

Bypass heart surgery risks?

Many but uncommon: Bypass surgery is major surgery. There are risks although the majority of patients don't get them or at most one. Rhythm disturbances, bleeding, and infection are the commonest. Congestive failure, collapsed lung, torn sternal wire from coughing occasionally occur. Nerve damage, stroke, heart attack, death are rare but sometimes occur (<1-2% generally). ...Read more

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (Definition)

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a procedure for getting oxygen into the blood ...Read more


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Information/experiences with pulmonary valve replacement risks?

Information/experiences with pulmonary valve replacement risks?

Indication?: Assuming an adult patient, it would be important to determine if replacement is truly necessary. If the valve is very tight and creating right heart failure or low output syndrome (quite rare), valvuloplasty or removal without replacement may suffice. If the valve is infected, other complications may be present. Best left to the attending cardiologist and consulting surgeon. ...Read more

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Are there risks involved with cardiac rehab programs?

Are there risks involved with cardiac rehab programs?

Minimal: Cardiac rehab is conducted under EKG monitoring just like in a hospital. The majority of patients have undergone angioplasty/stent placement or bypass surgery. Such patients have been "revascularized." prior to being enrolled in rehab, a patient has a stress test to be certain there are no significant signs of ischemia (inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle). Rehab strengthens the heart. ...Read more

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Are there risks involved with cardiac rehabilitation programs?

Are there risks involved with cardiac rehabilitation programs?

Cardiac rehab: Cardiac rehabilitation is targeted to help minimize risks. For less stable patients, we monitor them during the exercise phase. The risks are pretty minimal but since patients have cardiac problems as the reason they are there, as the saying goes stuff happens.......But rarely. ...Read more

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Mortality rate with mechanical ventilation?

Mortality rate with mechanical ventilation?

Varies: Why the patient has to be ventilated, other medical or surgical issues the patient has, and how much support the patient needs are somewhat predictive of survival. Most patients with respiratory failure recover. ...Read more

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

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 risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Way too complex: This question is way to complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discussion needs to be with a live cardiologist and/or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Cardiologists, what are the risks congenital heart defect corrective surgery?

Cardiologists, what are the risks congenital heart defect corrective surgery?

Depends on defect: Many factors contribute to risks of congenital heart disease Very simple defects usually routinely repaired and uneventful. More complex lesions more difficult and intricate to repair. Some fixes require multiple surgeries. Usually should be performed by experienced pediatric cardiac surgeons, Support personell help things run smoothly.Age of child and any associated comorbidities. ...Read more

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How rare are fatal complications for mothers when delivering a baby? Examples including amniotic embolism.

How rare are fatal complications for mothers when delivering a baby? Examples including amniotic embolism.

Maternal death: 37 F asks: How rare are fatal complications for mothers when delivering a baby? Examples including amniotic embolism. ANS: rare but this depends on age, ethnicity, social class, access to prenatal care and past history of preg complications. So share you question with your Drs and discuss with them. Let us know what they say. ...Read more

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Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Are there risks for patients receiving blood transfusions?

Of course but low: Viruses and disease, allergic reaction, lung damage. Please reed the folowing article for explianitions. The chances are low bout real.Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Mortality rate from mechanical ventilation?

Mortality rate from mechanical ventilation?

Depends: Much depends on the reason for intubation. If done to maintain airway during surgery the rate is almost zero. If done because of an underlying illness which effects pulmonary ventilatory capacity it will depend on the disease, age of patient, underlying issues. ...Read more

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Who benefits from coronary artery bypass surgery?

Who benefits from coronary artery bypass surgery?

You,the patient: Triple vessel disease, left main coronary critical stenosis, selected double or single vessel disease specially if mammary to lad involved, patients with diabetes. ...Read more

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What are the risks involved with heart stents?

What are the risks involved with heart stents?

See below: Heart attack due to coronary dissection or thrombosis resulting in heart attack (myocardial infarction), shock or death. Access site bleeding, hematoma, fistula, or pseudoaneurysm. Allergy to the medications given or the contrast agent (dye) used, including anaphylaxis and death. That said, it's a very safe procedure. ...Read more

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Are instrumental deliveries safe?

Are instrumental deliveries safe?

Yes: Instrument deliveries are another name for "forceps-assisted" deliveries. There are countless number of "horror stories" regarding forceps deliveries, but the truth is forceps deliveries, in the hands of well-trained obstetricians, have saved the lives of millions of mothers and babies in distress. ...Read more

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Does minimal-access aortic valve replacement reduce the incidence of postoperative complications?

Does minimal-access aortic valve replacement reduce the incidence of postoperative complications?

Not proven (yet): Minimally-invasive heart surgery, including for aortic valve replacement, has not been proven to reduce postoperative complications in randomized studies of both approaches. The one important exception is postoperative pain and immobility; the minimally-invasive approach allows patients, on average, to be pain-free sooner, and become active and return to work, quicker. ...Read more

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What risks and complications are associated with Mohs surgery?

What risks and complications are associated with Mohs surgery?

Minimal: The Mohs procedure itself has few complications. Occasionally a wound infection and rarely, significant bleeding. But the procedure often takes a while (local anesthesia) and may leave a cosmetic defect that requires a complicated procedure to reconstruct. (But it has a very HIGH rate of total removal of the skin cancer) ...Read more

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What are the risks involved with minimally invasive heart surgery?

What are the risks involved with minimally invasive heart surgery?

Similar to standard: For most minimally invasive heart surgery the main difference is the means to access the surgical site. Though less trauma may be needed, the actual surgical procedure itself will be similar and therefore have comparative risk to an "open" case. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with epidural anesthesia misplacement/ dural puncture?

What are the risks associated with epidural anesthesia misplacement/ dural puncture?

The risks of epidura: Placed incorrectly include headache, high spinal, intravascular injection, and non-functional epidural. Your anesthesiologist will test the catheter and watch it set up. Most of these concerns will be eliminated at that time. ...Read more

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