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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What is the best way to approach post open heart surgery rage and depression?

What is the best way to approach post open heart surgery rage and depression?

Open heart surgery: Have a conversation with a mental health practitioner so that you can find new ways to deal with the anger and depression that are natural consequences of heart surgery in a lot of people. There is good help available for this. It's important to deal with these emotions as soon as possible, otherwise they create stress which can affect the whole body, and the heart. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sharp pain around my arm pit left side of my brest bone after open heart surgery. please help.?

What to do if I have sharp pain around my arm pit left side of my brest bone after open heart surgery. please help.?

Not from heart: If you had a coronary bypass then the sharp pains to the left of the sternum may be due to the harvesting of the Internal mammary artery which requires cutting the pleura on either side of it. The pleura is highly innervated and cutting the sensory nerves produces a numbness over the left chest for many patients and then "pleuritic " pain as the nerves grow back. See your Surgeon if worried though ...Read more

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Are there common long-term psychological side-effects to having open-heart surgery ?

Are there common long-term psychological side-effects to having open-heart surgery ?

Psychological effect: Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery. You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a mental health evaluation in consultation with your PCP. ...Read more

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Bioxsine serum is it good and does it have any side effects? Can a person who recently had an open heart surgery use it too?

Bioxsine serum is it good and does it have any side effects? Can a person who recently had an open heart surgery use it too?

Nobody really knows: There are thousands of supplements and "serums" advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements or "serums" have real research studies to show benefits and prove safety (their manufacturers and sellers make claims based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... but not based on real research). Real research is hard to do well, and is expensive. ...Read more

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Small red veins at the sides of my 15 month olds eyeballs are often visable.Can the fact that he had open heart surgery at 1 week have anything to do?

Small red veins at the sides of my 15 month olds eyeballs are often visable.Can the fact that he had open heart surgery at 1 week have anything to do?

without seeing these: Vessels, it is difficult to comment. Try taking a picture of them and show to your pediatrician. If they are quite dilated, then consider a pediatric ophthalmology visit. ...Read more

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I am 44 yrs old and fit. I had open heart surgery three years ago for a heart defect. (A hole in my heart and two of my veins from my lungs were going into the rt side instead of left of my heart) I am a personal trainer and exercise a lot but can no lo

I am 44 yrs old and fit.  I had open heart surgery three years ago for a heart defect.  (A hole in my heart and two of my veins from my lungs were going into the rt side instead of left of my heart) I am a personal trainer and exercise a lot but can no lo

Congenital Heart: Your question ran out of space;however residual or recurrent symptoms often are present and need appropriate assessment and management- so its imperative you seek consultative input to help you. ...Read more

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For how long does open heart surgery last?

For how long does open heart surgery last?

It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Talk to your doctor if the operation lasting as long as possible is very important to you. This consideration can inform some choices for particular operations, such as heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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How much time does open heart surgery last?

How much time does open heart surgery last?

Open heart surgeryy: Open heart surgery encompasses lots of different procedures. It generally implies being placed on a heart lung machine during the surgery. The time differs depending on what procedure(s) is/are being performed. In general the range is 90min to many hours such as 4 to 6 depending on the complexity of the problem being operated. ...Read more

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How does your age or sex affect open heart surgery?

How does your age or sex affect open heart surgery?

Age only: In general males and females have almost the same results after cardiac surgery. Women have a slightly worse outcome given that they present later in their disease process. Older patients generally have more comorbidities and hence are at higher risk for cardiac surgery. ...Read more

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Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

NO.: Standard midline sternal approaches take two months to heal completely. Less invasive approaches may heal more quickly and allow for quicker return to activities and work. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

In general, yes: Having your heart operated on, by itself, does not affect the ability to have children. Specific medications, like coumadin, (warfarin) or your particular heart condition, may affect this however. It is best to talk to your physician for specifics. ...Read more

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When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read more

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What is the difference between open heart surgery and by-pass surgery?

What is the difference between open heart surgery and by-pass surgery?

Not much: Open heart surgery is any surgery in which the chest cavity /sternum is opened. It doesn't necessarily mean bypass surgery is performed. Bypass surgery is a type of open heart in which blockages are bypassed with conduits that are arterial or veinous. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how open heart surgery and bye pass surgery differ?

Can you please tell me how open heart surgery and bye pass surgery differ?

Overlap: Coronary artery bypass operations are heart operations done for atherosclerosis with obstruction to blood flow and symptoms of angina or heart attack. Heart surgery includes coronary, congenital, valves, tumors, etc. Truly open heart surgery is inside the heart, and coronary is on the surface, but the terminology has become commonplace. ...Read more

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Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

ASD: Talk to your doctor. If your repair was successful and things otherwise are good, exercise will be recommended to you. Discuss the form(s) of exercise appropriate for you with the doctors who know you and your condition. ...Read more

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How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

May not: Sometimes blood still flows through the coronaries, or the heart is cooled, potassium arrested with solution called cardioplegia. The techniques are selected specific to the operation to be done. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery now having sharp pains in the chest what could be the problem ?

I had open heart surgery now having sharp pains in the chest what could be the problem ?

Incision: Usually sharp pain after a sternotomy is incisional. You might have pulled something if you were overexerting yourself. If pain meds don't make it improve then make appointment to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

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


Dr. Tanya Russo
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Side Effect (Definition)

In medicine, a side effect is an effect, whether therapeutic or adverse, that is secondary to the one intended; although the term is predominantly employed to describe adverse effects, it can also apply to beneficial, but unintended, consequences of the ...Read more