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What is the life expectancy for a patient after heart bypass surgery?

What is the life expectancy for a patient after heart bypass surgery?

It depends.: Bypass surgery helps to enhance blood flow to the heart muscle. It doesn't cure the disease. Prognosis depends on the extent of heart damage which may have occurred. It is vital that risk factors for progression of plaque buildup be controlled. Cessation of smoking is essential. Control of hypertension and cholesterol are important. Diabetics must achieve good control. Exercise is important too. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more


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My father aged 59 was found to have 3 heart blocks...Now he underwent bypass surgery with 2 bypasses..What is his life expectancy?

My father aged 59 was found to have 3 heart blocks...Now he underwent bypass surgery with 2 bypasses..What is his life expectancy?

It depends: His surgeon would be a better resource. Life expectancy depends on several things. How well does his heart squeeze? Were all the blockages bypassed? How healthy are the rest of his arteries? Does he have lung disease, diabetes, other health issues? Is he smoking? Will he change his risk factors? Assuming no other issues and normal heart function then he should do very well. ...Read more

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What percentage of triple bypass surgery patients live 5 years?

What percentage of triple bypass surgery patients live 5 years?

Excellent: Depends on the specifics like age, extent of disease, and comorbid conditions but the ball park for all comers is in the range of 80-90%. ...Read more

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What percent of triple bypass surgery patients live beyond 5 years?

What percent of triple bypass surgery patients live beyond 5 years?

Many: Dont know the exact % but 5 year survival typically increases significantly in patients with 3 vessel disease when they have been revascularized. ...Read more

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What patients should have heart bypass surgery?

What patients should have heart bypass surgery?

Many vessels blocked: The two standard reasons for a coronary artery bypass operation are "triple-vessel" disease in which 3 or more of the primary or secondary vessels have significant blockages and "left-main" disease in which the main left coronary artery has a major blockage before it branches into the left anterior descending (lad) & circumflex arteries. There are other indications depending on the situation. ...Read more

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How long it will take to recover after bypass surgery? is saying any bad news bad for the health of the patient?

How long it will take to recover after bypass surgery? is saying any bad news bad for the health of the patient?

Months, variable: Everyone is different. A lot depends on age, severity of illness and degree of vigor vs. frailty. On average younger people can expect to be back at full strength in 2-3 months. Over age 70, it is more like 3-4 months. The stronger you are going in to surgery, the quicker the recovery. It varies from person to person. ...Read more

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Why put a patient in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery?

Why put a patient in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery?

Why induce coma: 33F asks why put a pt in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery. Many reasons but first would be suspect brain injury due to low BP during surgery and want to protect brain. First ask the person's team why? And go to ScientificAmerican.com and look at What is a Medically induced Come and why is it use? B David Biello Jan 10, 2011. ...Read more

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What are important precautions when a patient initially gets home from triple bypass surgery?

No push ups 3 mo.: Given that there are no medical issues, healing of the sternum as with any bone in the body, occurs slow. It takes 6 weeks post sternotomy for new bone to start forming. During that time maneuvers that can result in sternal malunion or non union should be avoided. Like falling with outstretched hands, push ups, pushing a car or refrigerator, you may put if you golf but no swinging a bat or club. ...Read more

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What reasons would a person not be able to have bypass surgery perform on 3 arteries blocked over 90%? Patient is 36, 6'1", 200 lbs.

What reasons would a person not be able to have bypass surgery perform on 3 arteries blocked over  90%? Patient is 36, 6'1", 200 lbs.

Usually can: Diffuse distal atherosclerosis and no place to do the hookup. Other would be some life risk or expected short life expectancy. Most can be bypassed. Seek thoracic surgical opinion if not done already. At 36 and not huge, would seem to be worth doing. ...Read more

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