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Is it common to develop heart problems after having lung surgery for cancer?

Is it common to develop heart problems after having lung surgery for cancer?

Somewhat: Heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may occur in up to 10-15% of patients after lung surgery. To prevent a-fib, you doctor may give you magnesium and potassium after surgery to replace your electrolytes. Also, if you were on a beta-blocker medication prior to surgery, those will be restarted. If not, your doctor may temporarily place you on a beta or calcium channel blocker. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

Few: Do you mean pneumonectomy? Total removal of one lung? Well atrial fibrillation may occur in about 20%. Bouts of pulmonary hypertension may cause right ventricular dysfunction. Left pneumonectomy usually better tolerated than right.Depending on preoperative overall ventricular function and the quality of the remaining lung, symptoms minimal to catastrophic. ...Read more

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Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

It Can: Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy. The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart. ...Read more

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Can your heart beat get weaker as time goes? Maybe cancer or heart problems ? I been to heart / lung / ent / hemat doc bunch tests all good except + meth challenge airway disease. Feel lump my throat and cnt feel heart beat in chest at rest or pace.

Can your heart beat get weaker as time goes? Maybe cancer or heart problems ? I been to heart / lung / ent / hemat doc bunch tests all good except + meth challenge airway disease. Feel lump my throat and cnt feel heart beat in chest at rest or pace.

Detailed history: It sounds like you have a complex situation and have already had extensive testing. These little text boxes are not big enough to go through all the details, which is what a doctor would need to be able to help. You might consider a second opinion inbox consult here on HealthTap where you can share the records of your tests and have them reviewed. ...Read more

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Went to the ER with chest and entire back pain. EKG fine. Blood tests fine. Said "I don't know what's wrong." Worried it's cancer or heart problems. ?

Went to the ER with chest and entire back pain. EKG fine. Blood tests fine. Said "I don't know what's wrong." Worried it's cancer or heart problems. ?

Likely neither: It is not likely that you have heart disease or cancer. However, ER is not the right place for continuing healthcare. Please find a primary care provider and follow her/his advise about diet, exercise and healthy habits. Do not use tobacco or alcohol. ...Read more

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Ok, I'm 21 years old. I have chest pain that comes from different things. I've had ammonia before? Don't know if it's breast cancer or heart problems.

Ok, I'm 21 years old. I have chest pain that comes from different things. I've had ammonia before? Don't know if it's breast cancer or heart problems.

This is my advice to: My advice to you is not to think of worst possible causes for your chest pain, like you have listed here. You do not have breast Cancer or heart problems at this young age. If the pain is persistent after 2-3 weeks, you should go see your doctor and have him/her check you with a complete physical examination. If there is any serious concern, he/she may order some tests to make a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is causes me to have sudden shocking like pain in my left mid chest area? I've heard it can be normal but heart problems are common in my family

What is causes me to have sudden shocking like pain in my left mid chest area?  I've heard it can be normal but heart problems are common in my family

Not heart.: Sudden shocking chest pains in an 18 yo male are very likely to be related to the musculoskelatal system and not the heart. Doesn't mean you shouldn't worry, but you can put that worry off for another 30 years. If your family hx is as bad as you say, might be reasonable to obtain a single cholesterol value to make sure you are not at any excess risk. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stop using oxygen? I've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago. My o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

Is it ok to stop using oxygen? I've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago.  My o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

Not until evaluated: By your doctor. You should be re-access under the supervision of you doctor to make sure than you don't desaturate and become hypoxic. ...Read more

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Which is the most dangerous, open heart or open lung surgery?

Which is the most dangerous, open heart or  open lung surgery?

Not a competition: Open chest and lung surgeries were first done by dr. Evarts graham in the mid 1930's. Open heart surgeries were first done in the mid 1950's with dr. John kirklin leading the U.S. Teams, building on principals developed with lung surgery. They are both challenging, helpful, durable and save lives, especially if you need one of these procedures. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my father had open heart surgery. I m now 19. I am fearing in future i may have heart problems . Is there any way to prevent heart problems?

Should i be concerned if my father had open heart surgery. I m now 19. I am fearing in future i may have heart problems . Is there any way to prevent heart problems?

Yes: The cause of coronary artery disease is formation of plaques in the vessels. The best way to avoid it is to prevent the formation of the plaques in the first place. This can be done by controlling blood pressure, controlling diabetes, control cholesterol, watching weight, exercise, and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Are can goods bad for you. Can they cause cancer and heart problems?

Are can goods bad for you. Can they cause cancer and heart problems?

Tend to be salty: Life is a matter of weighing risks and benefits. Stuff that's canned does tend to have a lot of extra salt, and preparing the food well may remove most of this. The current hoopla over a can-chemical with slight estrogenic activities causing breast cancer will probably go the way of the completely-discredited "green" claims of the 1990's about synthetic environmental estrogens. My opinion. ...Read more

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Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Can lysol and irratants like that cause fluid in the lungs if sprayed a lot around person with heart problems?

Possible, unlikely: It's possible if you inhale a really large concentrated amount or are especially sensitive, but millions of people are exposed to Lysol daily over decades and they're not dropping like flies. ...Read more

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What are some possibilities as to what might be wrong with me? Hello doctor, i'm a male, 37 years, pretty good health (with the exception of my undiagnosed symptoms)...No cancer, heart problems, diabetes or any other known diseases. I do not drink, smok

What are some possibilities as to what might be wrong with me? Hello doctor, 

i'm a male, 37 years, pretty good health (with the exception of my undiagnosed symptoms)...No cancer, heart problems, diabetes or any other known diseases. I do not drink, smok

It : It was good that you were explicit. Many doctors have evaluated you and by the diagnosis you present several , rare but possible diagnosis were considered and apparently ruled out . Polymialgia is more a disease of the 50 or more , although i remember having a 40 year old woman with the DX many years ago. You have to have tipical features that you don t describe , a nd it does not seem likely by your description . Chose the physician that you consider more interested in your case and keep been wachtfull for thr correct diagnosis . Fibromyalgia is also a consideration , as it is in your diferential, read about it and discuss it with the physician. ...Read more

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I was wondering what doctor do I go to to check the following diabetes, every cancer, depression, heart problems and etc.?

I was wondering what doctor do I go to to check the following diabetes, every cancer, depression, heart problems and etc.?

Multiple illnesses: Start with a gp (general practitioner) who can examine, order labs & make further referrals to specialists as needed. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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


Dr. Irv Loh
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Heart Problems (Definition)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart ...Read more