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Shortness of breath after surgery
L8Bloomr posted:
I am a 54 yr old female. Less than 5 months after my husband's death, without warning, I found myself having triple bypass surgery. Because of an infection, I was back in the hospital within two weeks for 3 more days. After recovering from the surgery, I have found myself having shortness of breath, with or without exertion. Extensive tests, EKG, echocardiogram, nuclear stress test, etc show nothing abnormal. Now the doctors have fallen back to my age and weight. I am overweight, but was overweight prior to the surgery with no shortness of breath. I am told, it is either depression, my weight, or it will just take time. I need to find answers. I am not accustomed to being idle and would like to get my life back.
CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi: Sorry to hear about your husband. Shortness of breath has various causes (even includes some prescription drugs). Some individuals reported shortness of breath after bypass surgery, taking several weeks or months to resolve. Lung (pulmonary) problems after bypass surgery are a possibility. As applicable, those with pre-existing lung disease are at greater risk of developing further lung problems. A well-known but seldom discussed/talked about complication post-bypass is phrenic nerve dysfunction or damage (dependent on the technique used to access the heart), which affects the diaphragm and breathing. Also, certain blood conditions may/could be present such as anemia. Most important, coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression) condition, requiring a continuum of top notch care, and good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times. Best of luck down the road of life. Take care, CardioStar☆ WebMD community member (8/99) - - b ☑Be well-informed MedlinePlus - Trusted Health Information for You b Difficulty breathing Discovery Health b Shortness of breath - WebMD Living with Heart Disease b Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) CAD is a chronic disease with no cure. When you have coronary artery disease, it is important to take...... This is especially true if you have had an interventional procedure or surgery to improve blood flow to the heart....../It is up to you to take steps...... b Recognize the symptoms...... b Reduce your risk factors...... b Take your medications...... b See your doctor for regular check-ups...... b Coronary artery anatomy ☞Starting with the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery, the most critical coronary artery, next to the ultra-critical left main (LM) coronary artery. - b Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors for atherosclerosis (typically affecting the coronary, carotid, and peripheral arteries), which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction, or mutation), diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes secondhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), diet high in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol, high LDL, high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, LOW HDL (less than 40 mg/dL, an HDL level of 60/65 mg/dL or more is considered protective against coronary artery disease), high homocysteine, and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP). - i Quote "Be a questioning patient. Talk to your doctor and ask questions. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!" - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society . It's your there. :-) . . b ☛WebMD/WebMD message boards does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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