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Doctor insights on: How Many People Die From Heart Bypass

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How many people die due to a heart bypass?

How many people die due to a heart bypass?

Not many: There are many coronary bypasses done. Less than2% die within the first 30 days of surgical issues. All of us die sometime! ...Read more

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Why some die immediately when they have an heart attack while some survive, have a bypass and live on?

Why some die immediately when they have an heart attack while some survive, have a bypass and live on?

Sudden death: 10-25% of heart attack deaths are from arrhythmias that occur within the first few hours after occlusion of a coronary artery which is the cause of a heart attack. This is a huge reason to get a person to a hospital early in the course of a suspected heart attack. ...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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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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Can you let me know how many heart bypasses can a person have?

Can you let me know how many heart bypasses can a person have?

No set rule: But i've seen a few people have 3. Nowadays, it isn't as necessary to have a redo bypass since modern drug eluting stents make a very satisfactory treatment for failing grafts. ...Read more

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How many heart bypass operations can someone have?

How many heart bypass operations can someone have?

More than one.: After the first one, the risk goes up due to the presence of adhesions, which can increase the risk of excessive bleeding. Most will receive no more than two, at which point one must ask whether the risky surgery is the answer. ...Read more

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How many arteries can be treated with a heart bypass?

Can vs. Should: Since coronary artery disease can affect all the major coronary arteries, the presence of significant blockage may occur in many vessels & branches. So the answer is dependent on the skill & courage of the operators, whether it be angioplasties & stents, or coronary artery bypass by arterial or venous grafts. Most patients get less than 6, but i've had colleagues that did up to 15 (in 1 patient). ...Read more

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Do people need veins for heart bypass?

Do people need veins for heart bypass?

Sometimes.: The best vessels for bypass surgery are the internal mammary arteries (there are two). In patients that require more than two bypass, leg veins (saphenous) are often used but generally don't last as long as mammary arteries. ...Read more

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How many hours does heart bypass surgery go on?

How many hours does heart bypass surgery go on?

Depends: It varies by how many bypasses need to be done and what is used to bypass as well as the experience of the surgeon. For a typical 3 vessel bypass using the interal mammary artery and leg vein, an average time would be 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

Variable: Depends on age, left ventricle, other risks etc. Depends on conduits- internal mammary grafts. The point is that most do well and for along time. I have patients at 30 years. ...Read more