Open Heart Bypass Surgery

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Open Heart Bypass Surgery: Sparking Hopes of A Better Heart

The heart, which every beat means Life, is an organ people either love or fear. Those with healthy ones have the chance to enjoy their hearts not just on the Month of Love but, lucky for them - their entire lifetime.

On the contrary, people with heart ailments probably never had the chance to say, “My heart is a happy and a healthy one!” considering all the things that they should and shouldn't do to protect their vulnerable organ. We all know what a weak heart means. And we all know what “no intervention” or “no cure” means too.

When the hope began

In the year 1960, the 2nd of May to be exact, weak hearts surely began to have high hopes in the breakthrough of what we call the Open Heart Bypass Surgery. Through this, people have had greater chances of having “better hearts” everyday of their lives depending also on the outcome and the percentage of the success of the procedure. Although this medical breakthrough seem to be the light and hope, a lot of things has to be greatly considered for this.

What is an Open Heart Bypass Surgery?

An Open Heart Bypass Surgery, more commonly known today as CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft) is the surgery of choice for people with severe Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) or the narrowing of the coronary arteries resulting to a decreased blood supply in the Myocardium.

An Open Heart Bypass Surgery refers to the replacement of the blocked arteries in the heart, or the rerouting of the blood supply around the blockage through the use of grafts.

The Procedure

The Open Heart Bypass Surgery procedure shall begin with the General Anesthesia to make the patient unconscious throughout the whole operation. It requires the use of the heart-lung machine, which would function as the mechanical heart, pumping blood into the system, while the real one is stopped for the procedure.

Grafts will be needed either to “replace” the blocked arteries or to “reroute” them around the blockage. Possible blood vessels to be used as grafts are the saphenous veins, radial artery, and the internal mammary artery mainly because they are straighter than the others. The length of the procedure varies from the speed of the surgeon, and the number of blocked arteries that has to be replaced or rerouted.

Post-surgery considerations

There are also a lot of medical advises that should be followed after an Open Heart Bypass Surgery procedure, while on recuperation. Some of those are as follows:

Do not push, pull, or lift objects greater than 10 lbs for 4-8 weeks.
Do not drive, sit in front of a vehicle and in front of an airbag for 4-8 weeks.
Sexual intercourse can usually be resumed after 4-6 weeks or when a patient can take two flights of stairs without chest pain.

Open Heart Bypass Surgery, in the recent years, through lots of research and practice, has had higher rates of success. The procedure may seem too invasive on the part of the patient, but with proper education and medical assistance, this might be just the solution to a better and longer life for patients with blocked arteries.

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