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Dr. Matthew Cooper
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: I ask my patients to walk 10-20 minutes twice daily right away but caution that they are not expected to set land speed records. This should be combined with a cardiac rehab program and increase to one hour twice daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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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. Arthur Heller
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
37 years in practice
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What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

Valve or vessel?: Prudent diet good idea for all. Avoid high fat, sugary, high salt, processed meats, processed grains. Eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole train bread, cereal, pasta, low fat or no fat dairy, poultry, fish. Dash diet (online): dietary approach to stop hypertension is tasty, nutritious, easy, has data supporting its use. There are others as well. Talk to dietician. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Mark Stern
Board Certified, Cardiology
40 years in practice
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What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

Low cholesterol diet: To slow down the atherosclerotic process, a low cholesterol, low sodium diet with fish instead of red meat and polyunsaturated instead of animal fats is ideal. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Mott
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
23 years in practice
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What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

Unknown: Most people after heart surgery are at the mercy of their disease. Surgery will prolong survival in all patients which is why it is chosen. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Walking: The easiest and safest exercise is walking, but consult with your cardiologist before starting an exercise program and periodically afterwards. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
32 years in practice
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After open heart surgery if as of now i bench 225.. After surgery when would i be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

Minimum 3 mo: I restrict my patients to 10 lbs with arms for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with limits of 25 lbs. Also no pushing or pulling. After the 3 months you can begin building back up slowly. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Kwon
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
18 years in practice
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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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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Board Certified, Cardiology
42 years in practice
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
10 years in practice
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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Stages: "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
33 years in practice
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Will i lose weight after open heart surgery?

Will i lose weight after open heart surgery?

Likely be advised to: People tend to lose weight after heart surgery more so because of being advised that their bad food habits have to change for them to have a chance of a prolonged life. So if you are having surgery at age 36 then your doctors will definitely talk to you about getting cholesterol under control and any other medical issue like diabetes, stopping cigarette smoking and adding exercise to your routine. ...Read more

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Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more


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