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How Do Doctors Perform Open Heart Surgery
Bypass: Blood returning to the heart is diverted and run through a machine that performs the function of the lungs (add oxygen to the blood) and then the blood is directed back to the arterial side of the circulation. So the blood bypasses the heart. This is necessary for operations such as replacing a valve. As the blood is not passing through the heart, the heart can be stopped during the surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Family doc: Your family doctor is your best advocate. He/she will know the best people in your area and have a history of other patients referred. Moreover, open heart surgery doctors are not primary care doctors - no one goes to them for first line treatment. They see patients only on referral. ...Read more
Severity of disease: Angioplasty (usually with a stent too) is done when a blockage is accessible, the right size and when there are not too many. Bypass surgery is needed if there are two many blockages that need to be "fixed, " if the blockages are in areas that cannot be stented, and for other reasons (could fill a book). Talk to your cardiologist about the specific factors that apply to you. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm of 14 I had an open heart surgery at age of 1 I went to a doctor he said that some murmuring sound comes?
Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more
Im 25, had open heart surgery at 4 and my ekgs have abnormal t waves. 3+ doctors heard an arrhythmia and said not to worry. What should I do about it?
Don't worry about it: You have by your own account over 3 doctors tell you not to worry about it. They have the advantage of knowing why you had surgery and what was done. Plus they can examine you & look at your heart with an echo etc. A t wave abnormality is fairly non specific. Same can be said for arrhythmias. Your doctors can take that info and apply it to the proper context. At some point you have to trust them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom had open heart surgery in may but continues to have pain all around the area and the doctors say it's her sternum is it possible
Mother before 10 years conducted the cardiac catheter and open heart surgery and to this time did not go to see doctor cause of feer. Is it in danger?
Bypass: The heart is stopped and the blood returning to the heart is instead diverted to the pump oxygenator, a machine that adds oxygen to the blood which is then pumped back into the aorta. So the surgery can be done with the heart stopped and with the blood bypassing the heart chambers. After the surgery on the heart is completed, the blood is directed back through the heart and lungs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not enough info: Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest. The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel bypass with valve replacement and aneurysm repair. You may also be referring to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which allows surgeons to stop the heart and essentially pumps blood to the other vital organs while the heart is repaired. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definition?: Surgery for trauma on beating hearts successful in Europe in 1890's. Multiple types of surgeries on beating heart done over next 60 years in multiple places including US. First surgery using bypass for bloodless fiels done at University of Minnesota in 1952, and started massive expansion in surgical approaches and abilities that has continued into present day. ...Read more
What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?
Depends: Some problems can be addressed in some patients without surgery. Sometimes one approach is likely to be safer or have better results. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Open heart surgery performed to remove a paraganglioma 3 months ago. Blood pressure has gone up again to high120's/90's w/hr 110's. Possible causes?
Yes: Well, it is technically more difficult for a heart surgeon if the patient has had previous surgery, but it still should be safe and, of course, if the surgery is indicated, that is not a reason not to do it. In deciding about whether to operate on a patient, we compare the risk with the potential benefit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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