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Heart Lung Bypass
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
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
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 dad had a bypass in Dec 2015 & in Aug this year had a stent put in. Is there a special diet that he could follow to improve the condition of his heart. He still complains of pain in his chest when he walks an incline & has difficulty bending down?
Stainless steel wire: Wires are the most common way, but cables and steel plates are also used. ...Read more
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
Yes: Still the standard way of performing a coronary bypass procedure. ...Read more
Generally the sternum is divided in the midline with a special saw.
It is then closed with special wires. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
445 lb gas. Bypass patient/f/21 chest pain and racing heart. Sev ER visits and cardiologist appts. All clear. Anxiety or something else? Angio done.
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?
73 year old woman with healthy heart and lungs has been put on oxygen because of low oxygen stat. It will drop for no reason to 70's then go up.
Hypoxia: Need more info - why is the O2 sat being monitored in an otherwise healthy pt. ...Read more
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
?: Since an accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of therapy, I would advise pursuing an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Skin and bones!: Our skin and muscles offer protection to other internal organs! ...Read more
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
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
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