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Fly Plane Heart Bypass
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-6 weeks: If you're recovering well, 2 weeks would be early but possible. 6 weeks would be entirely reasonable. ...Read more
Depends: Immediately should be with care. After a month or so, same as most flyers, presuming all checkups are on target! ...Read more
Death, Heart Failure: The worst consequence of all would be death, but others would include heart failure (a weak heart), infection (mediastinitis), pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart), stroke, heart attack and others. Fortunately, in good hands these are pretty rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: The most concerning complications are stroke, kidney failure, pneumonia, bleeding and infection. These are rare. The most common complications are irregular heart rhythm, constipation and fluid retention. The vast majority of patients (98%) have minimal self limiting complications, go home in three days, and are driving and back to work (not strenuous) in 3-4 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heart attack, death: The technique of coronary bypass has matured over the years, and now carries an operative mortality of about 1-2%. Factors that increase risk are smoking, obesity, redo procedure. At 41 years old, assuming you are not a heavy smoker, you should do well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but also if not: Open heart cardiac bypass surgery has many potential risks during the surgery and during recovery- rhythm problems, fluid buildup around heart/in lung cavities, infection, etc. These potential problems are monitored closely and treated if they occur. The risk of severe obstructive coronary artery disease (requiring bypass sugery) is also very significant and life threatening if not treated. ...Read more
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