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Doctor insights on: Why Would Someone Need Open Heart Surgery

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Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Multiple reasons : The most common cause of heart disease resulting in cardiac surgery is either blocked coronary arteries or a problem with one of the heart valves. ...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


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Why would a person need open heart surgery?

Why would a person need open heart surgery?

It's complicated: That's a very open ended question. Heart surgery is typically indicated when the risks of surgery are outweighed by the benefits. Lots of studies have been done for various conditions to determine when it is a good idea. Considerations like symptoms (eg, chest discomfort, trouble breathing), or risk of dying (eg, large aortic aneurysms, type a dissection) are factored into the decision. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an open heart surgery?

How common is it for someone to need an open heart surgery?

Not too common: Thankfully not too common -- there is proper evaluation beforehand to see if heart surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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If someone has had open heart surgery as a child, would he usually have a shorter lifespan?

If someone has had open heart surgery as a child, would he usually have a shorter lifespan?

What surgery?: It depends on what defect was treated. Some defects can be cured with surgery but others can only be palliated. Either way surveillance is important so follow up with the cardiologist is necessary. Some heart defect do lead to a shorter life span. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery?

What is open heart surgery?

Open heart: When the chest wall is surgically opened and heart is exposed and surgery performed on the heart or it's arteries we refer to this as "open heart surgery". ...Read more

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Who does an open heart surgery?

Who does an open heart surgery?

Heart surgeons: Heart surgeons are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency, and 2-3 years of cardiothoracic residency. Don't let anyone else operate on you. ...Read more

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How risky is open heart surgery?

How risky is open heart surgery?

CABG 1-2 % mortality: For coronary artery bypass surgery generally in the 1-2% mortality range; for valve replacement 4-5%, higher in re-do surgery. ...Read more

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How costly is open heart surgery?

How costly is open heart surgery?

It depends: The cost will depend on your insurance carrier. The hospitals typically bill around $40-$50, 000 for the entire procedure and hospitalization. ...Read more

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Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more