Doctor insights on: Life expectancy after heart bypass surgery

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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)

Heart bypass surgery is for coronary artery atherosclerotic disease. Arteries and veins are used as bypass grafts to bring new blood supply into coronary arteries beyond these blockages. These operations are done usually with cardiopulmonary bypass via a sternotomy incision. Relief of angina, improved survival and heart function ...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?

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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What is the medical term for ongoing sterum pain after heart bypass surgery. Currently at 7 months post op.

What is the medical term for ongoing sterum pain after heart bypass surgery. Currently at 7 months post op.

Sterna Pain: But needs evaluated for infection, instability, non-union of the bone sections.
Wire fracture and tenderness.
See the surgeon to assess, this is longer than common. ...Read more

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Having same symptoms 2 months after heart bypass surgery. Jaw pain when walking at moderate pace?

Having same symptoms 2 months after heart bypass surgery. Jaw pain when walking at moderate pace?

Jaw pain: Jaw pain is one symptom of a heart attack or cardiac insufficiency.
Make an appointment to see your cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Does 5th heart bypass surgery exist?

Yes: You can have a quintuple (5x) coronary-artery bypass. For example, you can use 5 bypass grafts utilizing one artery from each arm, one from each leg, and the left internal mammary artery. ...Read more

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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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Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Yes: The effects of the cardiopulmonary bypass during the surgery together with somewhat lower blood flow to the brain and possible embolization of very small clots or calcified plaques from the major blood vessels (the latter two possible even in off bypass surgeries) can lead to memory changes. It is a very well documented side effect of cardiac surgery. In most cases the changes are minimal. ...Read more

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Does heart bypass surgery increase longevity in a person?

Yes in some patients: In some patients with a damaged ventricle and left main or triple vessel coronary artery disease it does. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

One is surgery.: Eecp is external counterpulsation therapy for patients with angina that can not undergo coronary bypass surgery. Coronary bypass surgery requires a surgeon to open your chest and connect an artery or a saphenous vein between the aorta and the coronary arteries beyond the blockages with or without the use of a heart-lung circuit, w/wo stopping heart. ...Read more

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When was the first successful heart bypass surgery performed?

When was the first successful heart bypass surgery performed?

1964: The first successful bypass surgery was done in russia by dr kolesov in 1964. In the us dr favaloro at the cleveland clinic is credited with the first in 1967. He presented a paper describing a series of several successful cases. Cases. ...Read more

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Is triple heart bypass surgery a serious and complicated surgery?

Is triple heart bypass surgery a serious and complicated surgery?

Yes: Heart surgery is definitely major surgery. It requires the coordinated effort of several doctors, nurses, and technicians. Often the patient is placed on the heart lung machine and the heart is stopped temporarily. The arteries on the heart are usually only 1-2 mm in size - the size of a wire in a paper clip. Fortunately the rate of complication is very small. ...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