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Doctor insights on: Heart Lung Bypass

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Could having a heart bypass have made fluid accumulate in my father's lungs a few days later?

Could having a heart bypass have made fluid accumulate in my father's lungs a few days later?

Possibly: The bypass should help heart function. However it is a very stressful surgery. If your father's heart already had poor function and unrecoverable tissue damage, he is at high risk of congestive heart failure. A lot of fluids are needed and how well the heart handles them can be unpredictable. I am sure the surgical team looked for evidence of graft malfunction or clotting, which may need surgery. ...Read more

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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My mother aged 50 a diabetic has had a bypass. Heart is working at 30%.She has fluids in her lungs as a result she coughs non stop. Need meds for cough?

My mother aged 50 a diabetic has had a bypass. Heart is working at 30%.She has fluids in her lungs as a result she coughs non stop. Need meds for cough?

Cough: Her cough is probably related to her poor heart function that allows fluid to build up in the lungs. Ask her physician or cardiologist for advise and help... Don't use otc cough meds since she may need to cough up the excess fluid. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images that show the nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Sternal incision: The sternum- breast bone is cut with a special saw and wired back together at completion and heals well in general.
Done for most congenital, valvular and coronary operations for great exposure and safety and avoids other incisions in chest or groin! ...Read more

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Could heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Could heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Yes: Still the standard way of performing a coronary bypass procedure. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Yes: Most CABG procedures still require opening the sternum (breastbone) to some degree. While thorascopic surgery is done, it is not mainstream, and usually requires an access thoracotomy (small incision) for completion. ...Read more

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Can heart bypass surgery require opening the chest to get to the heart?

Can heart bypass surgery require opening the chest to get to the heart?

Yes: Generally the sternum is divided in the midline with a special saw.
It is then closed with special wires. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily, and alert your doctor if your weight increases
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Take your medications as they are prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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Smoking cigaretts after open heart sergary my friend had triple bypass open heart segary a year ago. He has continued to smoke 4-6 cigaretts a day. Recently he has been complaing of sever chest pains (similar to pains he experience with heart attach) inab

Smoking cigaretts after open heart sergary my friend had triple bypass open heart segary a year ago. He has continued to smoke 4-6 cigaretts a day. Recently he has been complaing of sever chest pains (similar to pains he experience with heart attach) inab

What's your??: If you are asking whether smoking 4-6 cigarettes/d increases his chance of another heart attack or blockage of his bypasses or stents, yes it will (altho not as much as 20 cigs/d). If you are asking what you can do about it, the answer is not much, other than expressing your concern and caring for your friend. Nagging doesn't help, and often makes it worse, because he will avoid you (and others). ...Read more

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I have had breaking. Heart. Bypass 4 years ago. But. The. Problem. Is.That the. Pain. On.My chest never subsides. Please. Offer. Advise.

Description of pain: It seems like you continue to have chest pain despite cabg. It could be that the chest pain is not coming from the heart. Chest wall and GI causes of chest should be be considered. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Do heart bypass surgeries require cracking the chest open?

Do heart bypass surgeries require cracking the chest open?

No: Minimally invasive cardiac surgery has been around for more than 20 years. This can be done thorascopically, or with a minimal chest incision. ...Read more

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31 years old double bypass both chest arteries. Strong undamaged heart controlled diet controlled blood pressure exercise daily controlled cholesterol?

31 years old double bypass both chest arteries. Strong undamaged heart controlled diet controlled blood pressure exercise daily controlled cholesterol?

CAD: If I understand accurately, a 31 yo male has CAD and required double bypass, yet did not or does not have traditional risk factors for CAD.? What is etiology of CAD? Yes, maintaining control and normalcy of BP, chol, TG, glucose, and having an optimal, heart healthy diet IS essential, as is daily exercise, and not smoking and maintaining optimal BMI. Ask your cardiologist about cause of CAD. ...Read more

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85y male, low BP 80/50 past week, sudden presyncope, rhr 39, BP 140/86. No chest discomfort. History of triple bypass. Is it likely to be a heart attack?

85y male, low BP 80/50 past week, sudden presyncope, rhr 39, BP 140/86. No chest discomfort. History of triple bypass. Is it likely to be a heart attack?

Go to hospital now: I'm assuming "additional patient information" refers to you, not 85yo male referenced in question. Elder pts w/low BP should be evaluated immediately especially if feel like about to pass out. While heart attacks can be silent, that's beside the point. If this 85yo has many illnesses & "do not resuscitate" order, then just keep comfortable. But if he wants everything done, don't ignore such low hr. ...Read more

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Is the removal of the wires used to close the sterum after heart bypass sugery a valid option in an effort to reduce non-cardiac chest pain?

Is the removal of the wires used to close the sterum after heart bypass sugery a valid option in an effort to reduce non-cardiac chest pain?

Sternal wires: Its rare that sternal wires are the actual cause of pain.
The pain is more than likely due to scarring from the healing. The pain should also be evaluated by firstly the surgeon and then a pain doctor. Taking the wires out may not solve the problem. ...Read more

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I had bypass surgery quadruple bypass surgery about 4 months ago had chest pains about a week ago is there any way to test for heart attack after week?

I had bypass surgery quadruple bypass surgery about 4 months ago had chest pains about a week ago is there any way to test for heart attack after week?

Yes: Although post operative pain is common, if you have increasing pain a cardiac test may reassrure you about a heart attack. ...Read more

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Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Maybe: He should go to a doctor to be evaluated. Chest discomfort in patients with coronary disease, with or without surgery, can feel like gas pressure. ...Read more

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How do I mataine health heart lungs and kindeys?

Diet & exercise: Attain and maintain normal weight. Follow a vegetarian or mediterranean diet. Exercise 30 minutes or more daily. Don't smoke. Wear your seatbelt. If you own a firearm, keep it locked. Get enough sleep. Keep a cheerful outlook. Stay involved in activities you enjoy and find meaningful. If you're so inclined, help others do the same. ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart or lungs, an incident while jogging?

What do you advise for heart or lungs, an incident while jogging?

?: Since an accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of therapy, I would advise pursuing an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Many!: There are many symptoms patients complain of that may relate to the heart and lungs--shortness of breath, chest pain, chest pressure, wheezing, and cough are common. Doctors will ask more questions and sometimes order certain tests to narrow the focus to a specific organ system. ...Read more

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What heart valve affects the lungs?

What heart valve affects the lungs?

All: Really all heart valves can affect the lungs one way or another. The valves on the left side (aortic and mitral) can do this because when they do not function properly, usually lungs get congested, the valves on the right side (pulmonic and tricuspid) can affect the lungs usually if they are atretic (small) at birth, leading to underdevelopment of the lungs. ...Read more

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What are some exercise for lung and heart issues?

What are some exercise for lung and heart issues?

Walking works: Any exercise is good. Do something you enjoy and you'll be more likely to do it! Walking is perfectly good exercise. Take earphones and your MP3 player or bring your best friend with you. Bicycling and swimming are excellent too. Yoga's good. Golf, tennis, basketball. Go for it! ...Read more

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What to do if dad needs heart and lungs transplant! : (?

What to do if dad needs heart and lungs transplant! : (?

Nothing you can do: Just be there for him. It's scary and he'll appreciate knowing he's not going through it alone. ...Read more