Heart Bypass Risks

November 5, 2007 by admin in Heart with 1 Comment

When you have heart bypass surgery there will be risks involved. It is always important to know about any risks so that you can be prepared just in case. So doing some research will help you be more informed and will help the surgery not be as frightening. You need to talk to your doctor about the risks. They will know better than anyone what they are.{mosgoogle right}

Here are some of the heart bypass surgery risksthat you need to be aware of.

  • The return of chest pain, also known as angina is a common problem after you have surgery. There have been studies done that show that 98% of the people who have heart surgery will not have recurring chest pain for one year after the coronary artery bypass graft surgery , which is also known as CABG. It has also been shown that ten to twelve years after your surgery that only half the people will be free of angina. Usually angina will come back because of plaque that builds up continuously in the grafted arteries and other coronary arteries. After five years, two to three percent of the people who have this surgery will need to have another operation. For the people who have had vein grafts will often need to repeat the CABG surgeries more than the people who had artery grafts.
  • Risks associated with anesthesia. Everyone reacts differently to anesthesia. You will need to ask your doctor about the anesthesia risks.
  • Death is always a risk no matter what type of surgery you under go.
  • Heart attack. You will need to pay attention to your body so that if you feel any symptoms of a heart attack you can get to your doctor right away. You don’t want to ignore your body’s health but it is especially important after you have had surgery.
  • Stroke. Again you need to pay attention to your body. You will also need to go to the doctor on a regular basis. This is very important because your doctor can find health problems that you could be unaware of.
  • Excessive bleeding. This is something that you will have to watch and your doctor will be watching for it to.
  • Infection. Again this is always another risk of coronary artery bypass surgery . Right after you have surgery you will be put into intensive care so that the doctor and nurses can keep an eye on this. They won’t release you from the hospital until you have a lot less chance of getting an infection.
  • You may also experience subtle problems with your long term memory, comprehension, calculation skills and concentrations. You can ask your doctor about this to find out how long it will last and if there is anything you can do to help with this if it becomes a problem.

Before you have surgery your doctor will go over with you everything that will happen before, during and after the surgery. They will tell you what the risks are and you can ask any questions that you have. You want to make sure that you understand everything that will happen so don’t be afraid to ask.

Though surgery of any kind but especially heart surgery is frightening, you can prepare yourself for it. All you need to do is to learn as much as you can about it. The more you know the less apprehensive you will feel when the time comes for you to have surgery. Even though there are risks involved having the surgery is a must because without it you will more than likely not survive.

One Comment

  1. Manju ChakrabortyMarch 8, 2014 at 8:30 amReply

    I am 59 years old housewife. I had a CABG in January, 2013. Three arteries were bypassed. This January the symptoms were repeated. I had undergone CAG. I have been advised for a repeat CABG for main two arteries. What are the risks involved in the operation within 14 months ? What precautions should be taken ?

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