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What is the life expectancy for a patient after heart bypass surgery?

What is the life expectancy for a patient after heart bypass surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Robert Binford
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Heart Bypass Surgery (Definition)

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


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Can the person who went through heart bypass surgery live a really long life ?

Can the person who went through heart bypass surgery live a really long life ?

Probably: Depends on the overall heart function and severity of disease. In general patients do very well if they follow their treatment plan, stop smoking, control blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Each case is different however. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person who went through heart bypass surgery to live long life?

Is it possible for a person who went through heart bypass surgery to live long life?

Yes.: For some people, having heart surgery is the best strategy for them to live a long life. A lot of factors go into how long you live after bypass surgery, but there are plenty of people walking around 20 years later. One key is to remain active and control things like smoking, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. ...Read more

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How long after after heart bypass surgery can you fly?

2-6 weeks: If you're recovering well, 2 weeks would be early but possible. 6 weeks would be entirely reasonable. ...Read more

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How soon can you fly in a plane after heart bypass surgery?

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 more

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Is It Normal To Feel Very Tired After Heart Bypass Surgery?

Is It Normal To Feel Very Tired After Heart Bypass Surgery?

CABG fatigue: Fatigue is common after coronary artery bypass surgery however it is prudent to see your surgeon or provider to assess for other causes of fatigue such anemia or infection. ...Read more

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When does the pain stop after heart bypass surgery?

When does the pain stop after heart bypass surgery?

Immediately: If the bypass is successful, the pain should no longer be present after the surgery. However, the incision itself will be painful for a while, but that should be a differnt type of pain. ...Read more

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What should I eat and what not to eat after heart bypass surgery?

What should I eat and what not to eat after heart bypass surgery?

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 more

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Is it safe to have a cough after heart bypass surgery?

Is it safe to have a cough after heart bypass surgery?

Yes, but: It hurts. Hold your chest with a pillow when you cough. If you have fever or sputum that is changing color or bloody, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more