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How come a patient connected to heart-lung machine during double lung transplants?

Oxygenation. The lungs need to be disconnected from the heart and the new once attached. This cannot happen with the heart beating; blood circulation needs to be stopped in the heart and lungs. During this time the machine oxygenates and pumps the blood to the rest of the body. Read more...

Why is it necessary for a patient to be connected to heart-lung machine during double lung transplants?

Poor lung function. Double lung transplants when done "en block" obviously need the heart lung machine. When done asynchronously require bilateral anterior thoracotomies, and one lung anesthesia. If lung function too poor to allow one lung anesthesia then en block is the only option. The transplant surgeon is the only one that can judge which technique is appropiate to his patient. Read more...

Could there be negative affect on lung function slightly below average performance 1yr after being on heart and lung machine for Open Heart Surgery?

Yes, brain, heart & brain, etc. because clots form in blood while being moved through the long plastic, non-endothelium lined tubing between your chest & within the heart lung machine a few feet away from your body. Thus heparin is infused into the blood shortly after leaving you body (too much would cause excess bleeding) yet can never prevent all microscopic clots which block microcirulation after returned to body. Read more...
Unusual. There are multiple reasons for lung dysfunction after cardiac surgery especially if significant transfusions were needed and time on bypass was long. Most of these factors resolve over 1-3 months if healing is adequate and rehab is successful. Diaphragm dysfunction or lung trapping may be reasons for prolonged problems. Get a pulmonary evaluation at this point unless recovery slowed by some issue. Read more...
To a degree. depending on ore existent situation: obstructive lung disease,recent smoking, heart failure and congestion. It is common to have peri operative atelectasis, fluid shifts, blood or fluid in pleural spaces. Read more...

Dot light moves across my field vision and goes (many times)after was on Heart-Lung machine 3 yrs ago for heart valve repair now twice a yr. Ideas?

Whether or not. there's a connection between your mitral valve repair 3 years ago and your symptoms now, you should see an eye doctor. You can start with a licensed optometrist who can then refer you to a ophthalmologist if necessary. Also, at age 50 with history of migraine, it's a good "eye-dea" to have yearly optometric exams anyway. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. Read more...

Blood pressure machine showed I had an irregular pulse 1/4 times. Been feeling weird all day (chest/throat). My cardiologist said my heart is healthy?

Use finger to check. Even sophisticated home BP monitors do not always capture (or "show") every beat--check your pulse with your index finger at the crease in your wrist near the base of your thumb (palm-side), or against the side of your neck. Feel for how rhythmic it is or isn't. Also, occasional beat variability is not necessarily a bad thing, particularly in young. Be sure not overdoing stimulants / energy drinks. Read more...