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What Is The Time Line On The Progression Of Heart Bypass Surgery
Bypass longivity: I often hear patients claim they were told bypasses last 10 years... Not true anymore. Maybe so in the past, but no longer with improved treatments available for cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes etc... I have patients who are 20+ years after surgery and doing well, very well indeed. Of course much depends upon what the patient does. My best advice is only as good as it is being practiced. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The cardiothoracic surgeon exposes the heart vessels beyond the arteriosclerotic occlusion, and performs microarteriotomy then anastomoses the end of an internal mammary artery, radial artery, saphenous vein to the coronary. The opposite end of the bypass is anastomosed to the aorta, another arterial inflow, or not at all if the mammary is kept proximally attached. ...Read more
Yes: The effects of the cardiopulmonary bypass during the surgery together with somewhat lower blood flow to the brain and possible embolization of very small clots or calcified plaques from the major blood vessels (the latter two possible even in off bypass surgeries) can lead to memory changes. It is a very well documented side effect of cardiac surgery. In most cases the changes are minimal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One is surgery .: Eecp is external counterpulsation therapy for patients with angina that can not undergo coronary bypass surgery. Coronary bypass surgery requires a surgeon to open your chest and connect an artery or a saphenous vein between the aorta and the coronary arteries beyond the blockages with or without the use of a heart-lung circuit , w/wo stopping heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Heart surgery is definitely major surgery. It requires the coordinated effort of several doctors, nurses, and technicians. Often the patient is placed on the heart lung machine and the heart is stopped temporarily. The arteries on the heart are usually only 1-2 mm in size - the size of a wire in a paper clip. Fortunately the rate of complication is very small. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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