Facts About Open-Heart Surgery

Open-heart surgery is a major medical procedure and it's important to know the facts.
Open-heart surgery is a major medical procedure and it’s important to know the facts.

Here in Addison and the North Dallas Corridor, there are plenty of opportunities to maintain a positive lifestyle and healthy schedule. This is important, in addition, as it keeps our hearts healthy as well.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women across all races. Fortunately, with technology constantly advancing, there are a number of alternatives to open-heart surgery; in fact, the invasive procedure is commonly referred to as “traditional heart surgery.”

Open-heart surgery, however, is still required depending on the diagnosis. It’s important to know your facts and familiarize yourself with the procedure – as the title can be slightly misleading.

Open-heart surgery is an invasive procedure, which involves opening the chest, not the heart, in order to operate on the muscles, valves or arteries. Generally this type of heart procedure is required for a number of reasons such as a coronary disease that narrows the blood vessel, which provide blood and oxygen to the heart, repairing or replacing damaged heart valves, heart transplantation and more.

Just as with every surgery, there are risks associated with this particular cardiac surgery. In obese or overweight patients (more than others), chest wound infections can sometimes occur, as well as heart attacks, trouble breathing, chest pain, memory loss and more. It’s important that you consult your doctor, especially if you are preparing for open-heart surgery, to make sure you are aware of all of the risks that may be presented.

Following the surgery, patients are generally kept for at least one night in ICU (intensive care unit) for close supervision. Following the first night, the hospital stay is anywhere between three to seven days on average.

Recovery from open-heart surgery can be fairly extensive and it may take up to six weeks before patients feel back to normal again. But it’s important that a strict diet and healthy lifestyle is set into motion, as this may assist in a quicker recovering, and will certainly benefit your health moving forward in years to come!

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