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Know About Life Post Bypass Surgery
Published by: Abhilash Rathore (16) on Wed, Apr 14, 2021  |  Word Count: 693  |  Comments ( 0)  l  Rating
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The unforeseen occurrence in your forties or fifties might have come as a rude awakening. An occluded coronary artery was discovered as the cause of harmless heartburn (which you had attributed to acidity). Things happened at a faster pace than you anticipated, and now you are recovering from bypass surgery!

Is this to imply that all good things in life have come to an end? Does it mean you to give up everything and stay at home? The response is a resounding, emphatic "NO."

Here are a few things you probably did not know about bypass surgery:

  • Coronary artery disease obstructs arterial blood flow to the heart, causing symptoms ranging from shortness of breath to incapacitating chest pain.
  • Bypass surgery only addresses the flow problem. Your blood flow will get improved by using a graft. Coronary artery disease, on the other hand, remains diseased and can worsen over time.
  • Bypass surgery is just one component of the operation. You would have to keep taking your drugs, change your diet, and develop healthy habits.

What is coronary bypass surgery?

Coronary bypass surgery, also known as CABG, is the most common open-heart procedure performed worldwide. When a coronary artery is blocked, surgery may get used to establish a new blood supply path. A connection is made between the body's main blood vessel, the aorta, and the blocked coronary artery, outside the region of obstruction, using various conduits (leg veins or other arteries harvested from the patient's own body). 

Even if the block does not get removed, blood is still delivered to the heart by the "bypass," thus the term "coronary bypass surgery."

Bypass surgery in progress

  • During the first few weeks following surgery, it is normal to feel drained and exhausted. There could be some discomfort where veins got extracted in the chest and legs. Backache, shoulder pain, lack of appetite, and insomnia are also possible symptoms. After being discharged, one may immediately start walking as an exercise, including climbing stairs. 

In the fourth to sixth week, you should be able to resume your normal activities. For the first three months, stay away from tasks that require a lot of physical exertion. After six weeks, you can resume passive sex. Any exercise that does not cause undue effort, breathlessness, or chest pain should be permitted. 

  • High blood pressure, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity are all causes of coronary artery disease that must get treated in the postoperative period. 
  • While medical therapies for heart disease have advanced significantly, reducing risk factors is still the most effective way to avoid illness and death from coronary artery disease. After a bypass procedure, patients can undergo thorough training on how to reduce these risk factors.

Following a strict diet, exercising regularly, and taking all the drugs prescribed by your doctor will help your heart recover and avoid another heart attack. It is beneficial to give up smoking. Losing weight and walking every day will help you feel more fit and energetic.

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