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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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How can someone who has had a triple bypass surgery still die of a heart attack?

How can someone who has had a triple bypass surgery still die of a heart attack?

Secondary prevention: By 10 years after bypass, there is a 50% risk of having experienced closure of one or more vein grafts . Bypass is not a cure. Atherosclerosis is an ongoing problem and requires lifelong treatment of risk factors. ...Read more

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Is there ensurance of no heart attack after bypass surgery of heart for 80% blockage on all vessels?

Is there ensurance of no heart attack after bypass surgery of heart for 80% blockage on all vessels?

No: At one operation, we fix all we can. Some people persist with the same high risk behaviors. Future blockage can occur in the native arteries or the grafts. No guarantee, but good results. ...Read more

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Can you have pre-emptive heart bypass surgery to mitigate the risk of death by heart attack?

Can you have pre-emptive heart bypass surgery to mitigate the risk of death by heart attack?

NO: There is not such a thing as "per-emptive" bypass surgery. If you are worried about heart attack, you have to address risk factors, including: Smoking, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Exercise and a prudent diet will help you more than anything else. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a second heart attack 10 years after bypass surgery. Does the risk increase if you are an insulin dependant diabetic?

What are the chances of a second heart attack 10 years after bypass surgery. Does the risk increase if you are an insulin dependant diabetic?

Second MI: Yes! Having diabetes of any kind quadruples your risk of a heart attack or stroke. It is fairly common for patients to have issues with their coronary artery disease a few years after bypass or a stent. ...Read more

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What to expect after a massive heart attack coupled with paralysis for a patient who has had a bypass surgery in the past?

Heart attack: The prognosis from out here doesn't sound good at all. Talk to the patient's doctor who has the best knowledge of what's going on. ...Read more

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My dad has heart disease, having had heart attack and triple bypass surgery a few years ago. Is heart disease hereditary? Should I be concerned?

Can be: yes it can be but good healthy lifestyle; no smoking, aerobic exercise like walking 20-30min/day average, healthy normal weight, no excess drinking alcohol , for woman 12 oz beer or 6 oz wine or 1 shot liquor only /day . get lipid profile ,cvc cmp labs, see your dr for keg , do stress test if any chest pain see cardiologist ...Read more

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What would be the reason why someone would need second heart bypass surgery?

What would be the reason why someone would need second heart bypass surgery?

Progressive disease: After a first coronary operation, control of risk factors is preventive. Non smoking weight control exercize blood pressure and lipid monitoring and control either other native blood vessels, or the grafts can be involved with progressive atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial infarction, or heart attack, is a condition where part of the heart muscle loses its blood supply due to calcification in and ...Read more