Is a vascular ultrasound always done before heart bypass surgery?

Vascular ultrasound. Vascular ultrasound is often a part of a complete vascular workup before bypass is needed. It may not be necessary for emergency surgey.
Echocardiography. Echocardiograms are ultrasound type test looking at how efficient the heart is working and how the valves are doing and yes it is part of the evaluation that can lead to a recommendation for heart surgery.
Yes . Some kind of ultrasound imaging is almost always done before heart surgery. Carotid artery screening or saphenous vein mapping would be most common.

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Has a doctor ever done heart bypass surgery laproscopically?

Yes. In the chest, it's not laparoscopy/laparoscopically, it's called thoracoscopy. Specialized cardiac surgeons do heart bypass and heart valve surgery thoracoscopically at specialized centers daily. Midcab (minimally-invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting) and tecab (totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting). http://goo.gl/w8gmtb. Read more...
Yes sort of. There have been been several techniques developed to do minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery. Midcab involves a small left chest incision and bypasses to the front and left of heart on a beating heart. Some have done the same with robotic technology and small incisions. Popular now is hybrid procedure where a graft is done to front of heart and other arteries are stented. Read more...

What can be done for implantable cardioverter defibrillator versus heart bypass surgery?

Different indication. Aicd for arrhythmias and ventricular tachycardia and does not revascularize. Bypass for coronary blockage (which can have arrhythmias) to improve circulation and sometimes stops arrhythmias induced by ischemia- low flow. Read more...

What to do if I am due to have minimally invasive heart bypass surgery soon and wondered if anyone else has had it?

Nothing. You don't need to do anything other than keeping healthy and not smoke. It will help your progress overall. There are a few types of minimally invasive heart surgery procedures, but overall your progress tends to be a bit faster. Read more...
Guided imagery CD. It wouldn't hurt to listen to a pre-surgery guided imagery cd (ex, healthjourneys.Com). Many have found them useful. Read more...