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Doctor insights on: Fluid In Lungs After Open Heart Surgery

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What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

Early and late: Early complications can be as minor as a little "shrinkage" f the lung from the anesthesia, and your doc will give you an "incentive spirometer" to encourage you to breath. Still, some people get pneumonia, and this is more serious. During or shortly after surgery, you can get fluid backed up into your lung. Late complications include blood clots, and pleural reactions (fluid around the lung).

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

Cardiopulmonary: Cardiopulmonary bypass machine supports the patient. Tubes- cannulae are placed in the veins to drain by gravity the blood to an oxygenator receptacle, the blood is oxygenated, and pumped through another cannula system to the arterial circulation., the are multiple kinds, and sizes of these tubes! We can place them in any big artery or vein to get the flow we need.

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I am 44 yrs old and fit. I had open heart surgery three years ago for a heart defect. (A hole in my heart and two of my veins from my lungs were going into the rt side instead of left of my heart) I am a personal trainer and exercise a lot but can no lo

I am 44 yrs old and fit. I had open heart surgery three years ago for a heart defect. (A hole in my heart and two of my veins from my lungs were going into the rt side instead of left of my heart) I am a personal trainer and exercise a lot but can no lo

Congenital Heart: Your question ran out of space;however residual or recurrent symptoms often are present and need appropriate assessment and management- so its imperative you seek consultative input to help you.

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39 years ago I had open heart surgery at the age of 3. Ever since, I have lived with the sensation that my chest will tear apart. Its getting worse.

39 years ago I had open heart surgery at the age of 3. Ever since, I have lived with the sensation that my chest will tear apart. Its getting worse.

Unlikely: What was done? Cured? Or may need additional work. Good choices: no smoking weight control. Get checked by thoracic surgeon for any instability of bone - sternum. At 39 years should be solid bone unless there was an infection or fibrous non- union and fluid.

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I had open heart surgery now having sharp pains in the chest what could be the problem?

Incision: Usually sharp pain after a sternotomy is incisional. You might have pulled something if you were overexerting yourself. If pain meds don't make it improve then make appointment to see your surgeon.

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Chest pain that started the night my dad had open heart surgery. I had stress tests and everything says I'm fine. Still have chest pain. Just anxiety?

Chest pain that started the night my dad had open heart surgery. I had stress tests and everything says I'm fine. Still have chest pain. Just anxiety?

Most likely: Chest pain in a 23 year old is very unusual for it to be the real thing -- i.e. Coronary artery disease from cholesterol build-up. Probably is anxiety as u know your dad had CABG. BUT if you are diabetic and/or known obesity and/or excess LDL, then chest pain can be real. BUT if you are healthy, young, fit individual without major risk factors then ought not to be coronary artery disease.

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I had a open heart surgery about a year ago becuz I had a heart murmur. Since then, I sometimes feel pain from my chest and heart, it occur when I walk and lay on my front for awhile. It's that normal?

I had a open heart surgery about a year ago becuz I had a heart murmur. Since then, I sometimes feel pain from my chest and heart, it occur when I walk and lay on my front for awhile. It's that normal?

Get evaluated: One year later, chest pain with exercise should be evaluated. This could be angina. Your age makes it less likely there is coronary artery disease, however you should get testing. Go see a cardiologist. Ask for stress testing or angiogram of your coronary vessels. Be well.

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I recently had open heart surgery to correct endocarditis effects. Now I am suffering from chest pain and cold sweats during exercise. Is this normal?

I recently had open heart surgery to correct endocarditis effects. Now I am suffering from chest pain and cold sweats during exercise. Is this normal?

Exercise: No it is not normal. You need to see the surgeon as soon as possible. It might be wise to go today to the nearest Emergency Facility to make sure that things are OK for now while waiting for a doctor's appointment.

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Dad had coronary stents and now he has severe chest pain and dyspnea his cardiac contractility function is 32 % is he in need of open heart surgery?

Dad had coronary stents and now he has severe chest pain and dyspnea his cardiac contractility function is 32 % is he in need of open heart surgery?

Ask docs: Sounds like you want to check with his cardiologist. I would also advise to see a second opinion cardiologist to feel comfortable about decisions.

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Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Preparation: You are having surgery for a reason. Preparation makes the surgery safer by finding issues that would be problems if they were not known. Overall, the better prepared you and you surgeon are, the better the results.

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Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Yes: Got to the er for chest pain. Go to the er for respiratory failure (sob, difficulty breathing, air hunger) although it could also be cardiac failure secondary to a heart attack or angina. Combination of COPD and heart disease is not good so must see cardiologist and pulmonologist/or internist (if comfortable in managing sever respiratory problems). Past h/o a trach makes him high risk.

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Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and

Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and

Yes: Unfortunately, heart failure is very serious and progression is life threatening. There have been great strides in improving outcomes, but any effective treatment relies on patients learning about the disease and knowing how to respond to symptoms, how to effectively manage fluids, and how to make heart healthy lifestyle decisions. If the chest pain is new, head to the ED tonight.

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Could there be negative affect on lung function slightly below average performance 1yr after being on heart and lung machine for Open Heart Surgery?

Could there be negative affect on lung function slightly below average performance 1yr after being on heart and lung machine for Open Heart Surgery?

Yes, brain, heart &: brain, etc. Because clots form in blood while being moved through the long plastic, non-endothelium lined tubing between your chest & within the heart lung machine a few feet away from your body. Thus heparin is infused into the blood shortly after leaving you body (too much would cause excess bleeding) yet can never prevent all microscopic clots which block microcirulation after returned to body.

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My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

My father in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to the t8 vertebrae and is in the lymph nodes. He only has one kidney due to kidney cancer, he had bladder cancer, has mds, had open heart surgery with 4 bipasses and a heart at

What is the question: We need more info. This request says 80 year old Female...is that you or the patient??? Tell us if you have shown this person to an oncologist for treatment consideration. Radiotherapy/ and chemotherapy may be useful but a good medical oncologist is what you need first. Please send us your question (say it clearly) about his lung Cancer (only)

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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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Pulmonary Edema (Definition)

The lungs are the organ that exchange oxygen and shouldn't have fluids. In pulmonary edema they fill up with fluids most commonly, from heart failure. This causes shortness of breath. Other causes are kidney and liver failure. Low protein in blood or allergic reactions. Treatment usually require diuretics or water pills ...Read more