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Is It Safe To Have A Cough After Heart Bypass Surgery
The cardiothoracic surgeon exposes the heart vessels beyond the arteriosclerotic occlusion, and performs microarteriotomy then anastomoses the end of an internal mammary artery, radial artery, saphenous vein to the coronary. The opposite end of the bypass is anastomosed to the aorta, another arterial inflow, or not at all if the mammary is kept proximally attached. ...Read more
Yes: As long as they use sterile equipment to assure you don't get an infection. Go to a reputable practitioner with a good record. ...Read more
2-6 weeks: If you're recovering well, 2 weeks would be early but possible. 6 weeks would be entirely reasonable. ...Read more
Depends: People recover at different rates. One person may leave the hospital in just a few days whereas another may be in the hospital for weeks. When you can resume normal activities including flying in a plane depends on whether there are complications. So there is no one answer to this question. The surgeon and cardiologist will advise you depending on how quickly you recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In moderation: The answer is everything in moderation. The american heart association and butter busters are reasonable places to start. Watch the salt (adjust to the natural taste of things), minimize the fats, if not off limits a bit of red wine is good, all combined with graduated exercise. For more detail, ask your doctor about a nutritionist or for additional materials he/she may have prepared. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends.: Bypass surgery helps to enhance blood flow to the heart muscle. It doesn't cure the disease. Prognosis depends on the extent of heart damage which may have occurred. It is vital that risk factors for progression of plaque buildup be controlled. Cessation of smoking is essential. Control of hypertension and cholesterol are important. Diabetics must achieve good control. Exercise is important too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the medical term for ongoing sterum pain after heart bypass surgery. Currently at 7 months post op.
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