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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches: Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as:
- when did it start?
- how often do they happen?
- are they getting more frequent or more painful?
- how long do they last?
- what does the headache feel like and can you point to it?
- does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day?
- what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache?
- have you had any big life changes?
- how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising?
- are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much?

Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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


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Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Yes: Got to the er for chest pain. Go to the er for respiratory failure (sob, difficulty breathing, air hunger) although it could also be cardiac failure secondary to a heart attack or angina.
Combination of COPD and heart disease is not good so must see cardiologist and pulmonologist/or internist (if comfortable in managing sever respiratory problems). Past h/o a trach makes him high risk. ...Read more

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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches: Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as:
- when did it start?
- how often do they happen?
- are they getting more frequent or more painful?
- how long do they last?
- what does the headache feel like and can you point to it?
- does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day?
- what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache?
- have you had any big life changes?
- how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising?
- are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much?

Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

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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How many people have open heart surgery a year?

How many people have open heart surgery a year?

Almost 500, 000: Difficult to get exact numbers. Close to 300, 000 coronary artery bypass, although this number is trending down due to stents, anticholesterol meds, smoking sessation, etc.
Then there are surgeries for aneurysms, valvular disease and many different pediatric heart surgeries. So somewhere around 450k to 500k. ...Read more

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How to help a baby who has had open heart surgery?

How to help a baby who has had open heart surgery?

Follow instructions: You should ask that question to the surgical team that did the surgery.
There are generalized answers but also there may be specific instructions depending of the kind of surgery the baby had. ...Read more

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Who can receive the benefits of open heart surgery?

Who can receive the benefits of open heart surgery?

Anyone with a heart: Heart surgery of any type is designed to relieve symptoms, prolong life. No surgeon is going to operate on a patient who doesn't need it. ...Read more

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How can you stay health after an open heart surgery?

How can you stay health after an open heart surgery?

Lifestyle changes: Everything we should do before open heart surgery - reasonable diet, exercise, stress relief, medications if needed. Your cardiologist and cardiac rehabilitation specialists should be able to help you. ...Read more

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How can you stay healthy after an open heart surgery?

How can you stay healthy after an open heart surgery?

Diet exercise meds: Watch diet, exercise, take medicines as directed, and see your doctor regularly. ...Read more

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Can you have children after having open heart surgery?

Can you have children after having open heart surgery?

Yes as long as: You recover well, there are no complications etc. But simply having open heart surgery does not preclude someone from having children in the future. ...Read more

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When and where was open heart surgery first performed?

When and where was open heart surgery first performed?

About 1953 Phily: John gibbon and his team fixed an atrial
septal, defect.
Many closed operations lead up, to the development of the bubble oxygenator and subsequent pump systems. ...Read more

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What is the procedure involved with open heart surgery?

What is the procedure involved with open heart surgery?

Depends on operation: Heart transplant; sternotomy, institution cardiopulmonary bypass bi caval cannulation after suitable replacement heart in room, clamp&transect aorta, pulmonary artery, amputate ventricles on atrial side of av groove, anastomose new heart to atrial cuffs 3-0 prolene, aortic anastomosis 4-0 prolene, then pulmonary atery anastomosis, release cross clamp, wean off cardiopulmonary bypass, dry&close up. ...Read more

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Why do heroin addicts often end up needing heart surgery?

Why do heroin addicts often end up needing heart surgery?

Endocarditis: Intravenous drug use is can introduce bacteria into the blood stream either from the needle or the skin. These bacteria can infect the heart valves. This is called endocarditis. This can sometimes be treated with antibiotics (and treatment for drug addiction), but sometimes also requires surgery. ...Read more

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Grandmother undergoing open heart surgery, what can we expect.?

Grandmother undergoing open heart surgery, what can we expect.?

Depending on what: Is wrong, when a patient is to have open heart surgery, the surgeon is trying to get a good result. ...Read more

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What should I avoid eating before and after an open heart surgery?

What should I avoid eating before and after an open heart surgery?

Nothing after midnit: There are really no dietary restrictions before heart surgery really. After you will have to follow a low salt low fat diet with limited fluid intake. ...Read more

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Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Mostly....: The biggest difference is usually the incision size, with minimally invasive being smaller and often avoiding opening the breastbone. The actual surgical procedure, such as valve repair or bypass is often identical to the traditional approach. ...Read more

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How to find open heart surgery doctors?

How to find open heart surgery doctors?

Family doc: Your family doctor is your best advocate. He/she will know the best people in your area and have a history of other patients referred. Moreover, open heart surgery doctors are not primary care doctors - no one goes to them for first line treatment. They see patients only on referral. ...Read more

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How do doctors perform open heart surgery?

Bypass: Blood returning to the heart is diverted and run through a machine that performs the function of the lungs (add oxygen to the blood) and then the blood is directed back to the arterial side of the circulation. So the blood bypasses the heart. This is necessary for operations such as replacing a valve. As the blood is not passing through the heart, the heart can be stopped during the surgery. ...Read more

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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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Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

Depends: Traditionally, this involved an incision throught the length of the sternum (breastbone). Newer techniques can be used, robotic bypass surgery, which use several smaller incisions. The cost is about $8, 000 more but this also results in a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery, and perhaps better overall results. ...Read more

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Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

Where?: 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. ...Read more

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What is the open heart surgery survival rate by age?

What kind?: Which type of cardiac surgery you are referring to? Repair of av canal, transposition, tetralogy, tapvr, erbs, tricuspid atresia, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia intact ventricular septum, dorv, dolv, vsd, asd, hypoplastic arch, aortic valve mitral valve, coronary revascularization, maze, ventricular aneurysm repair, aortic dissection repair to include some. ...Read more

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Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

ASD: Talk to your doctor. If your repair was successful and things otherwise are good, exercise will be recommended to you. Discuss the form (s) of exercise appropriate for you with the doctors who know you and your condition. ...Read more

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Can you have a baby if you once had open heart surgery?

Can you have a baby if you once had open heart surgery?

Depends: For many, this just fixes things enough that they will have a normal life thereafter, including having children. For others with a complex congenital defect, it just gets them stable enough to survive. Open heart surgery by itself does not end a persons potential to be a mom. The condition that lead to it or the condition afterward would decide that. ...Read more

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How dangerous is open heart surgery with a 100% blockage?

How dangerous is open heart surgery with a 100% blockage?

Very low risk: If you have already survived a 100% blockage having a bypass surgery on that is very low risk. ...Read more

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Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

Major life event: Heart surgery brings one to recognize one's vunerability and some react with fear and depression - can be treated with medications. Others react with a positive change in their attitude towards loved ones and life generally. ...Read more

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How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

May not: Sometimes blood still flows through the coronaries, or the heart is cooled, potassium arrested with solution called cardioplegia.
The techniques are selected specific to the operation to be done. ...Read more

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How long will sundowning continue after open heart surgery?

How long will sundowning continue after open heart surgery?

It varies: If indeed it is sundowning, and not something else (medications, hypoxias, infections, metabolic, etc), it should improve within days as the brain recovers and a more normal routine is instituted. Sometimes, recovery is not complete until the patient is home amidst more familiar surroundings. ...Read more

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...Read more