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mouzie posted:
I had a triple bypass November 2011, I had no symptoms of heart issue prior to the surgery, now when I walk for exercise I get a burning sensation in my throat and have to stop and start walking again, Could this be related to my surgery, my Dr. prescribed a medication but I don't want to start popping pills, what could be the problem?
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"Could this be related to my surgery?"

Anything is seeminlgy possible today.

"What could be the problem?"

One could only guess or speculate here.

Worth mentioning, in various medical forums, some individuals, with or without cardiac conditions, have reported a burning sensation in the throat (with or without chest pain or discomfort involvement, before or after eating) upon exercise due to acid reflex or GERD, though of course, there can be other causes, but Priority 1 should be to make sure that the bypass grafts are widely patent (open for brisk blood flow).

"I had no symptoms of heart issue prior to the surgery"

As reported, the symptoms of artery-narrowing atherosclerosis are highly variable. Those with mild atherosclerosis may present with clinically important symptoms and signs of disease and heart attack, or absolute worst case scenario, sudden cardiac death (SCD) may be the first and only symptom of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, many individuals with anatomically advanced disease may have no symptoms and experience no functional impairment.

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is just a clever way of circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), as it does not treat the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable condition (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression), requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor-patient, patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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