Frequently Asked Questions: Cardiac Bypass SurgeryTuesday, March 20, 2012 - 17:32
Here are some frequently asked questions related to cardiac bypass surgery.
Q: Are there any new developments in coronary bypass surgery?
A: Recent advances in stabilizing the heart as it beats allows surgeons to do coronary bypass surgery without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. This is known as beating heart surgery. There are several stabilizers available that immobilize the heart at the point of the graft. This allows the surgeon to do the grafting on immobilized tissue while the rest of the heart beats. Advantages of beating heart surgery include the decrease in the inflammatory response, decreased bleeding, and improved organ function. Disadvantages include the difficulty in accessing areas of the heart that continue to beat.
Q: Why is aspirin helpful in preventing blockages?
A: Aspirin is usually used to relieve a headache or a fever. But because it thins the blood, aspirin also can prevent blood clots from forming. These are the same kind of blood clots that can block the
Q: What is normal blood pressure?
A: Normal blood pressure is stated as 120/80. In the measurement, the top number (systolic pressure) represents the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts. The bottom number (diastolic pressure) is the minimum pressure in the
Q: Are there any alternative therapies available?
A: Several dietary supplements show promise in preventing heart disease. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil have been shown in studies to be preventive. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant which has been thought to be important in the protection against cardiovascular disease. Several alternative practices including yoga and meditation are excellent stress management tools. Studies using these therapies in combination with a very low-fat diet and physical activity have showed great promise in treating heart disease.