Anxiety regarding going under the knife. Heart surgery sched. At the end of this month. What kind of mental therapy is avail. In a hospital?

Surgery anxiety. is certainly understandable. See a mental health professional prior to surgery to prepare. Systematic desensitization or clinical hypnosis can be very helpful. In the hospital you might consider speaking w/someone from the pastoral care department if you have a spiritual or faith-based aspect to your world view. Peace and good health.
Multiple resources. Start by talking to your cardiologist and surgeon and making them aware of your feelings. They may have patients you can talk to who have already been through the procedure. Also they may already have a psychiatrist or psychologist they work with because you are not alone in your anxiety and because depression is a common post op problem,usually temporary.

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A friend of mine was in the hospital, and she said she had to get an ablation on her heart. What does that mean? Is that like open heart surgery?

Ablation. In this procedure a device is introduced into the femoral artery in the groin and treaded up to the heart. The device has an RF tip (radio frequency) which can be used to burn the superficial tissue in the heart in the attempt to disrupt aberrant pathways. These pathways are causing an irregular heart rate. Once these pathways are carefully mapped the cardiologist ablates the abnormal pathways. Read more...

My sister had an open heart surgery onths ago now she is in hospital with congestive heart failure what's the chance to survive?

Ask her doctor. With her permission. We do not have enough information to make that assessment. Her cardiologist is in the best position to make that assessment. Wish you and her the best. Read more...
Multiple variables. Survival in this setting depends on the amount of cardiac damage (lv function), upon the severity of CHF symptoms, the associated systemic tissue perfusion, and other comorbidities (like renal function, diabetes, bp, and cardiac arrhythmias that might be present. Overall, the pre-bypass heart function coupled with such comorbidities will dictate long term prognosis.Respiratory status. Read more...
Depends. Sorry your sister is sick. Prognosis with heart failure depends on a lot of things like age, other illnesses, heart function, the reason for the heart failure, and the extent to which this can be addressed. Read more...

Father in the hospital with a bacterial infection in his toe, possibly in bone. What tests can be run to confirm this prior to amputation? He needs heart surgery so they want to be sure no infection.

They will. Probably do X-rays with bone windows of his toe to look for infection in the bone. If they really can't tell maybe a bone scan but that probably won't be needed . Read more...
MRI. x-rays and an MRI will usually indicate if there is a bone infection. Read more...
Circulation OK? In addition to diagnosing his osteomyelitis (bone infection) they need to make sure his circulation is OK. This can be done by physical exam to make sure he has good pulses or doing a non-invasive arterial exam. . Read more...

For the recurrence of endocarditis, any possible treatment other than heart surgery or taking anti-biotics for life time? Success examples?

Sorry. I don't know of any other treatments. Medicine is changing every year. If i could advice you as a family doctor, continue your treatment pattern with antibiotics and surgery if needed. Also our health community is working on treatments for you and maybe tomorrow your day will be there. Keep yourself as healthy as possible until your answer comes. Read more...
Endocarditis. Bacterial endocarditis can destroy heart valves and may even spread to the heart muscle with abscess formation thus it can be lethal. The treatment is prolonged antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria and possible valve replacement if the valve is sufficiently destroyed to pose a risk to life. Read more...

For the recurrence of endocarditis, any possible treatment other than heart surgery or taking anti-biotics for life time? Success examples?

Endocarditis. If endocarditis recurs, especially after valve replacement surgery, it is very difficult to eradicate. This is because the antibiotics are unlikely to ever fully contact the artificial valve. The reason why antibiotics are prescribed for life, is that as soon as they are stopped, the infection of the valve is likely to blossom again. Surgery is the treatment of choice for infected artificial valve. Read more...
Well. . . Antibiotics are your first line, and you may need them for quite a while. If you do not respond or the endocarditis has sufficiently damaged a valve, you may need surgery. Remember, endocarditis is a very serious condition. Talk to your doctor and do not be afraid to get a second opinion. It is your life and body, after all. Read more...