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Why could smoking be harmful after heart bypass?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Many reasons

Healing after surgery is markedly impaired by smoking, which constricts the blood vessels that supply us with oxygen and nutrients.
Heart bypass is done because of arteriosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries, " so when you keep smoking, the new vessels in your heart begin the same process of narrowing down until they don't carry blood, resulting in new heart attacks.Also damages lungs&rest of u.

In brief: Many reasons

Healing after surgery is markedly impaired by smoking, which constricts the blood vessels that supply us with oxygen and nutrients.
Heart bypass is done because of arteriosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries, " so when you keep smoking, the new vessels in your heart begin the same process of narrowing down until they don't carry blood, resulting in new heart attacks.Also damages lungs&rest of u.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Thomas Person
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Causes blockages

Smoking increases blockages in the arteries on the heart (as well as the rest of the body).
This is at least as true after bypass. Continuing to smoke significantly increases the chance of the grafts failing as well as new blockages and increases the chance you will need another operation.

In brief: Causes blockages

Smoking increases blockages in the arteries on the heart (as well as the rest of the body).
This is at least as true after bypass. Continuing to smoke significantly increases the chance of the grafts failing as well as new blockages and increases the chance you will need another operation.
Dr. Thomas Person
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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: YES

Yes ! smoking accerates the process of hardening and narrowing of the arteries which is what made the bypass necessary in the first place.

In brief: YES

Yes ! smoking accerates the process of hardening and narrowing of the arteries which is what made the bypass necessary in the first place.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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