What is the age limit of heart bypass surgery?

There is no set age . However, as with any medical procedure, one must weight out the risks/benefit ration. As one gets on in age, the risks of undergoing this procedure increase, perhaps to the point where the risk of death outweighs any potential benefit. The doctor and patient must then explore all possible options. Also remember, some 80 year olds are healthier than others.

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What age does someone have to be to get coronary heart bypass surgery?

See below. It is not a matter of what age you have to be. The disease tends to be more likely to be present in older people. So as you get older you are more likely to need it. If necessary, the surgery can even be done in very old patients so that age is not really a limiting factor. A child would very rarely need this type of surgery. Read more...
Usually adult. It is treatment for angina-chest pain so one has to have coronary vessels blocked. It is not an operation done without specific indications of disease some very aged, frail, high risk persons may not be candidates. Read more...

What is the risk for a patient, age 82 years who will undergo an open heart bypass surgery?

Depends. The answer depends on several factors mainly having to do with how healthy the heart muscle is and how healthy the other organs are such as kidneys, lungs and blood vessels to other organs. It could range from low (2 -3%) to high (>25%). Read more...
It varies. Coronary bypass 1-3% is range this is 80 % of many practices aortic valve 3-5 % mitral valve slightly higher congenital heart has many variables! the society for thoracic surgeons has a database to enter some of the patient variables to get a reasonably accurate % important to know other risk factors for any individual. Read more...

What is a triple heart bypass surgery?

3 bypasses. Triple heart bypass refers to 3 bypass grafts ( tubes ) placed to deliver blood downstream of diseased ( occluded ) heart arteries. Usually refers to 3 vein bypass grafts. Read more...
3 coronaries bypasse. The heart, in general has 3 major arteries ( left anterior, circumflex and right) but there can be a lot of variation and branches like highways and streets to get the blood traffic distributed. We bypass those with wrecks- stenosis obstructions . 3-4 is common on the average. More is possible depending on the anatomy and disease. Read more...

Who performed the first heart bypass surgery?

Dr. Debakey. Officially, dr. Rene favaloro published the first paper regarding coronary bypass surgery. However, the first operation was performed by dr.S debakey and sabiston on an urgent basis when a patient's planned coronary endarterectomy resulted in irreparable damage to the coronary, forcing the bypass operation. Read more...

How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

Not very. As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep. By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest. Read more...

What does heart bypass surgery do in the heart?

New Blood Vessels. Healthy blood vessels are taken from other locations, such as the chest wall, left arm, or leg, and used to provide a new source of circulation to a heart with coronary arteries that are blocked with cholesterol. Read more...
Improves blood flow. Bypass surgery is done for blockages in the heart arteries. Essentially we add more blood vessels to the heart to deliver blood to the areas blocked off. We go around the blockages (bypass). We're plumbers :). We put new pipe in by hooking up before and after the blockages. Unfortunately i can't go to home depot and buy pipe so we get it from veins in legs and arteries from breast bone and arms. Read more...

What to do if pre-emptive heart bypass surgery?

No such thing. There is no such a thing as pre-emptive heart bypass. By pass surgery is only done when there is already severe coronary artery disease (blockages) and never before. Read more...

What is the success rate of heart bypass surgery?

Good for pain. Bipass is very successful in relieving angina pectoris, pain related to blockage in the arteries. In most circumstances, there is not good evidence that it also lengthens life. Whether you have surgery or not, it is critical to address your risk factors such as smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, diabetes, obesity, lack of exercise, etc. Read more...