life expectancy after open heart surgery

Will i lose weight after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
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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.
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Are hernias common after open-heart surgery?

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Dr. Mark T. Hoepfner
General Surgery
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Not often


Usually hernias do not occur often after heart surgery. One site where they may occur would be below the sternum or breast bone.
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What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Mark J. Stern
Cardiology
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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
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Heart Surgery? Two internal mammary arteries as grafts are better than just 1 + 1 saphenous vein graft.

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Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Matthew E. Hennig
Thoracic Surgery
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You need to wait at least a couple of months for the sternum to heal completely. Early activity can lead to sternal dehisence (the breastbone splits open) which can have deadly consequences. After everything has healed, you can do everything you did before surgery.
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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Stephen L Roth
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There are many reasons why arteries are closed after coronary artery surgery. Remember that surgery "bypasses" and does not remove blockages. Most importantly surgery does not chnage the medical problems which caused the blockages (such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle) and unless these are addressed the arteries will continue to close.
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Heart Surgery? Post-op, I recommend pycnogenol and horse chestnuts for support of blood vessels.

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When can i drink coffee after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery
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If you are the individual with the heart surgery, I am concerned of a more complex cardiac history. A 33 year old having undergone significant cardiac surgery should directly discuss all these matters with both surgeon and cardiologist. Diet after any surgery is discussed with specific surgeon. Coffee is often started with regular diet.
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How to prevent infection after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
General Surgery
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Well cleaned PREOP Bactrian nasally Excellent prophylactic antibiotics given on time Careful prep of skin Excellent surgical technique and tissue handling and careful closure Ŕll ARE STANDARD PRACTICES but there is still an incidence if infection: Diabetes Obesity Contamination Etc
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Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
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Any incision may have some bleeding- -and a hematoma may develop. This can become a seroma over time as the blood is resorbed. OR some lymphatic s are disrupted and fluid escapes into tissue. Tissue juices and serum can remain in a wound as well. Most are temporary. All are resolvable . See the surgeon.
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What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

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Non likely known


Well one of my patients had the surgery in 1972 so that's about forty years. She is doing fine so maybe she will be #1 someday but I doubt if anyone knows. I'm sure someone can beat 40 years.
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Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Christopher Kwon
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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.
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