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Why do patients often develop tracheomalacia after cardiac surgery?

Why do patients often develop tracheomalacia after cardiac surgery?

Very rare: Patients do not often develop tracheomalacia after heart surgery. It is very rare for that to happen. When it does occur it is related to prolonged need for a ventilator and a breathing tube that is inverted prior to surgery. Usualy that tube is removed immediately after surgery of 4-6 hours later. If it is needed for more than 10-14 days then a tracheostomy is done to prevent such problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Cardiac (Definition)

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What patients can benefit from cardiac rehab?

What patients can benefit from cardiac rehab?

See below: Patients who have had a heart attack, angioplasty & stent, bypass surgery, and valve replacement are candidates for cardiac rehab. Also patients with angina pectoris (chest pain) who are treated with medical therapy would benefit from rehab. ...Read more

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For a cardiac patient, how to pick a pcp?

For a cardiac patient, how to pick a pcp?

See below: Ask your cardiologist. They get referrals from pcps all the time, tend to know them very well, and it's important that they communicate with each other well on your behalf. ...Read more

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Is pamelor (nortriptyline) the safest trycyclic for cardiac patients?

Is pamelor (nortriptyline) the safest trycyclic for cardiac patients?

Others preferred: In gereneral tricyclic antidepressants including Pamelor (nortriptyline) are relatively less safe than other classes of antidepressants. This is especially true if "cardiac disease" means recent (within approximately 6 months) heart attack. Zoloft (sertraline, an ssri) may be relatively safer. Untreated depression contributes to worsened prognosis for certain types of heart disease. ...Read more

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Is anafrinal safe to use in a cardiac patient with 2 stents?

Is anafrinal safe to use in a cardiac patient with 2 stents?

Probably not: Anafranil (clomipramine) does carry cardiac risk. It can prolong the QT interval putting one at risk of dangerous heart rhythms. A recent heart attack&AV BLOCK are known listed contraindications to using it. Common cardiac side effects are tachycardia, less common side effects include arrhythmias. And more rare side effects include low platelets, which may be an issue if on antiplatelet meds. Hope this helps ...Read more