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How can someone who has had a triple bypass surgery still die of a heart attack?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Secondary prevention

By 10 years after bypass, there is a 50% risk of having experienced closure of one or more vein grafts .
Bypass is not a cure. Atherosclerosis is an ongoing problem and requires lifelong treatment of risk factors.

In brief: Secondary prevention

By 10 years after bypass, there is a 50% risk of having experienced closure of one or more vein grafts .
Bypass is not a cure. Atherosclerosis is an ongoing problem and requires lifelong treatment of risk factors.
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Dr. Daniel Engelman
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple reasons

Either one of the bypass grafts had closed or an area of the heart that hadn't received a bypass graft can still get a heart attack.

In brief: Multiple reasons

Either one of the bypass grafts had closed or an area of the heart that hadn't received a bypass graft can still get a heart attack.
Dr. Daniel Engelman
Dr. Daniel Engelman
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Blocked blood vessel

A bypass surgery basically provides new plumbing for the heart, adding new pipes to carry blood because the old pipes are blocked.
Unfortunately, the same problems that caused blockages in the old pipes can affect the new ones, causing blockages in the bypass blood vessels. These blockages in turn can lead to a heart attack.

In brief: Blocked blood vessel

A bypass surgery basically provides new plumbing for the heart, adding new pipes to carry blood because the old pipes are blocked.
Unfortunately, the same problems that caused blockages in the old pipes can affect the new ones, causing blockages in the bypass blood vessels. These blockages in turn can lead to a heart attack.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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