Bypass Surgery

Bypass surgery is done on the heart to improve blood flow to the heart. Blood vessels are harvested from other parts of the body, and the damaged blood vessel of the heart are bypassed. A damaged or blocked heart blood vessel increases the risk of heart failure, heart attack, etc.

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I have been suggested with open-heart surgery or angioplasty to remove the block. Which is better?

Query: Hello doctor, Do we need to do open-heart surgery to remove the block? And I already know about angioplasty, and some people suggest open-heart surgery.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for the query and description of your problem. This particular angiogram (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) shows the left main disease. That is the feeder vessel to all the left-sided blood vessels of the heart. A few years back, the safest...  Read Full »

Can a smartwatch be used in an 80-year-old male with heart problems?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather is over 80-years-old and has suffered from severe heart conditions for quite a long time. He underwent a bypass surgery 12 years back and has a heart valve replacement which is not functioning normally; he is considered unfit to undergo surgery to correct it due to his ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I read about the smartwatch. As your grandfather has breathing difficulty, this watch would help monitor his SpO2 (percentage of oxygen in the blood) levels. It would alert if there are any variations in hear...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for severe recurrent chest pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My dad who is 70 years old, recently had a severe chest pain which started three weeks ago. Since it was of a recurring type, we visited a hospital for a check-up. They initially conducted ECG and then, a 2D echo, after which they said there is a problem but, a minor one and that ...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through all the test reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a significant evidence of blockage of multiple vessels, which are over 70 and 90 % blockages. In the case of a coronary artery disease ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my father's weight loss from 55 kg to 38 kg after a heart bypass surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My father underwent heart bypass surgery due to a heart attack and heart block three years ago. Then he suddenly got a stroke and came back to normal after medications. Now he cannot walk, feels very tired always, has dizziness, headaches, poor appetite, and dyspnea. His weight is red...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. In such cases, severe weakness can be due to recurrent infection, decreased appetite, nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin D3, Calcium, vitamin B12, and dehydration. This dehydration becomes the leadin...  Read Full »

My 79-year-old father had a bypass in the past, and his present ECG shows mild changes. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 79-years-old and diabetic for the past 30 years. He has had a bypass in the past and also a stroke. He is taking the following medications: 1) Mixtard Insulin 30/70 - 50 units in morning,13 units night. 2) Glycomet GP2 one in the morning and night. 3) Linagliptin 5 mg one...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Does he have any symptoms like chest heaviness or breathlessness on exertion? Can you share the previous echocardiogram and ECG (electrocardiogram)? Both ECG and echocardiogram (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) show some abnormalities (not ...  Read Full »

What is the risk of postponing an angiography?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. My height is 184 cm and weight is 97 kg. I have breathlessness on exertion. I get some pain in my throat while walking, but not always. I had a TMT test which was positive. I did TMT for 6.3 minutes and stopped due to breathlessness. The ECG showed ST depression o...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I welcome you and want to assure you do not worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted in for. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns.  Read Full »

Kindly go through my father's medical report and share your opinion.

Query: Hi doctor, My father has got a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital. He had chest pain, shortness of breath and no palpitations. He also has diabetes. I will post the picture of the medical report. Please share your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to He has got heart attack and also had old asymptomatic heart attacks which were painless due to diabetes (attachment removed to protect patient identity). At present, his heart function is weak at around 30%. Normally, it is more than 55% and due to which his blood ...  Read Full »

Can you still have a heart attack after bypass surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, Based on the reports I have uploaded, I want to know what your recommendation is. Does my dad need to go through an open heart triple bypass surgery, or can it be fixed by a stent angioplasty?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If the surgeon agrees on bypass, this is the best strategy. If the surgeon says that bypass is not possible due to diffuse disease or small vessels, then angioplasty should be done. Such cases are usually discussed in the meeting of specialist doctors team comprising...  Read Full »

What happens if three arteries are blocked?

Query: Hi doctor, This is for my dad, who is 64 years old. His blood pressure went up to 220 mm Hg, and then they took him to the cardiologist for an opinion, and they did all the tests and said he has three blocks in three of the main arteries and needs triple bypass surgery. I need your second opinion i...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen all your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). 1. Heart surgery is not associated with blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for coronary artery disease, and controlling blood pressure with medicines and lifestyle...  Read Full »

My father developed a lung infection after bypass surgery. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 60 years old. Last month, he had some breathing problem and so, we hospitalized him to the nearest available hospital. In the hospital, we came to know from the doctors that he is having triple artery blockage. The doctors advised for a bypass surgery as his condition wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly share the medical reports again with the latest kidney parameters and the discharge summary along with treatment papers. As per the history reported by you, chest infection is one of the commonest complications after a bypass surgery. The presence of morbidities...  Read Full »

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