HEART BYPASS SURGERY
Heart Bypass Surgery is also known as C oronary Artery Bypass Surgery . This surgery is performed to restore blood flow to the heart muscle by diverting the blood flow around a section of the artery, which is already blocked. This open heart surgery uses blood vessels taken from the leg, arm, chest or abdomen and is connected to the arteries in the heart, such that the blood can be bypassed around the blocked area. This surgery will help to improve the blood flow to the heart.
Heart bypass surgery can help to cure symptoms like chest pain and shortness of the breath, as the result of poor blood flow to the heart. It improves the overall heart function and health condition of the patient.
Why is a Heart bypass surgery done?
There are various reasons for why heart bypass surgery is recommended. However, the surgeon will decide if there are any other options available to choose, such as angioplasty or stenting before choosing heart bypass surgery.
If a patient experiences severe chest pain as the result of narrowing of several coronary arteries, then there may occur shortage of blood supply to the heart. This makes the patient feel uncomfortable. At the same time, if one or more coronary arteries, either partially or fully blocked, then the blood supply to the heart becomes insufficient, causing ischemic heart disease. This will lead to severe chest pain. At this circumstance, an angioplasty or stenting is considered to treat the patient immediately. However, for certain kinds of blockages, which is considered to be complicated, coronary bypass surgery is the only solution.
Risks involved in a Heart Bypass Surgery:
The possible risks involved in the surgery are as follows;
The risks mentioned above solely depend upon the health condition of the patient before the surgery is performed. Prior to the surgery, if the following complications persist, it is imperative to inform the surgeon.
Recovery after the Surgery:
It takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to recover from heart bypass surgery. After the surgery is completed, the patient needs to follow the precautions stated by the surgeon to prevent artery blockage. However, regular exercise and good eating habits with healthy diet can help quick recovery. The patient undergone heart bypass surgery should completely quit smoking, have a control over blood sugar and high cholesterol level.