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Is it common to develop heart problems after having lung surgery for cancer?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Somewhat

Heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may occur in up to 10-15% of patients after lung surgery.
To prevent a-fib, you doctor may give you magnesium and potassium after surgery to replace your electrolytes. Also, if you were on a beta-blocker medication prior to surgery, those will be restarted. If not, your doctor may temporarily place you on a beta or calcium channel blocker.

In brief: Somewhat

Heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may occur in up to 10-15% of patients after lung surgery.
To prevent a-fib, you doctor may give you magnesium and potassium after surgery to replace your electrolytes. Also, if you were on a beta-blocker medication prior to surgery, those will be restarted. If not, your doctor may temporarily place you on a beta or calcium channel blocker.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Eric Toloza
A-fib can happen even as high as 25-30% of patients after lobectomy (removing one lobe of the lungs) and as high as 40-50% after pneumonectomy (removing an entire lung).
Dr. Jon Spiers
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Some

It is not uncommon for a patient to have some abnormal heartbeats (an arrhythmia) after lung surgery.
Usually it can be managed with medication, and is often limited in duration - but not always. It is important to discuss this with your doctor if it happens to you.

In brief: Some

It is not uncommon for a patient to have some abnormal heartbeats (an arrhythmia) after lung surgery.
Usually it can be managed with medication, and is often limited in duration - but not always. It is important to discuss this with your doctor if it happens to you.
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