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Dr. Mark Stern Dr. Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
42 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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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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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. Louis Grenzer Dr. Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
51 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Kwon Dr. Kwon
Surgery - Thoracic
20 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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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. Arthur Heller Dr. Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
39 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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. Matthew Cooper Dr. Cooper
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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. Eric Toloza Dr. Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
26 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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 Dr. Binford
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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?

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. Sergio Schabelman Dr. Schabelman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
44 years in practice
University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

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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Dr. Stephen L Roth Dr. Roth
Internal Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Many reasons: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Hennig Dr. Hennig
Surgery - Thoracic
15 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

Yes, but...: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How to prevent infection after open heart surgery?

How to prevent infection after open heart surgery?

Multiple: Well cleaned preop bactrian nasally excellent prophylactic antibiotics given on time careful prep of skin excellent surgical technique and tissue handling and careful closure ?ll are standard practices but there is still an incidence if infection: diabetes obesity contamination etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Alon Gitig Dr. Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?

Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?

Blood clot in vein?!: This is not a common symptom following heart surgery. Of course, anyone can have any symptom, especially if you have been in bed and not using your muscles in one part of the body and they have atrophied. But one thing to rule out is dvt, i.e. Blood clot in veins of the legs. This is not uncommon in people following major surgery, cardiac included, due to inactivity and stasis of blood in the veins. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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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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Dr. Umesh Patel Dr. Patel
Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
University of London School of Medicine, University College
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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

Dr. Frederick Tibayan Dr. Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
19 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala Dr. Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
12 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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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. Daniel Zanger Dr. Zanger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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How long until edema resolves after open heart surgery? Why does it happen?

How long until edema resolves after open heart surgery? Why does it happen?

Edema: Alot will depend on underlying heart function. If heart function is weak edema may represent cardiac faliure and require medical treatment . If cardiac function normal it should resolve in 7-10 days . Ask your cardiologist !! ...Read more

Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha Dr. Kulshrestha
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
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After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

Rash : Most likely fro the tape or dressing. Redness may be just normal healing or inception. It needs to be serially followed. The incision needs to be washed with soap and water. ...Read more

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman Dr. Schabelman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
44 years in practice
University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine
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I feel dizzy spells after open heart surgery?

I feel dizzy spells after open heart surgery?

Have it checked: After surgery you may have anemia (low blood count) or hypotension/ dehydrtation, etc. You should have it checked by your cardiologist or pcp. Could need something as simple as adjusting medications. ...Read more

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