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Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?
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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Blood clot in vein?!
This is not a common symptom following heart surgery.
Of course, anyone can have any symptom, especially if you have been in bed and not using your muscles in one part of the body and they have atrophied. But one thing to rule out is dvt, i.e. Blood clot in veins of the legs. This is not uncommon in people following major surgery, cardiac included, due to inactivity and stasis of blood in the veins.

In brief: Blood clot in vein?!
This is not a common symptom following heart surgery.
Of course, anyone can have any symptom, especially if you have been in bed and not using your muscles in one part of the body and they have atrophied. But one thing to rule out is dvt, i.e. Blood clot in veins of the legs. This is not uncommon in people following major surgery, cardiac included, due to inactivity and stasis of blood in the veins.
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Yes
Could be from vein harvest but also more serious blood clot in calf vein called dvt.
Can be serious.

In brief: Yes
Could be from vein harvest but also more serious blood clot in calf vein called dvt.
Can be serious.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott
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