Q. What are the ways to reduce whole body swelling after bypass surgery?

Answered by
Dr. Tarek Algamal
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M

Hello doctor,

I have an 80-year-old grandmother who went in for a triple heart bypass a year back. But she now suffers from swelling throughout her body. The diuretics will not help. How do we get this fluid out of her?

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Dr. Tarek Algamal

MASTER DEGREE MSC., NEPHROLOGY SPECIALIST., NEPHROLOGY SPECIALIST
Nephrology

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Getting rid of these fluids is dependent on knowing the cause of its accumulation. She may need to increase the dose or change to intravenous diuretics (to be taken in the hospital). We should check also protein levels in the blood and liver and kidney functions. Follow up with cardiologist. Treating the cause is mandatory to prevent further attacks.

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