Stroke after bypass surgery

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Hello, There are certain risk factors which may increase a person’s chances of having a stroke after bypass surgery. The inflammatory process and hypercoagulability after surgery puts a person at risk which peaks two days after the surgery. If one is able to identify the etiology of this postoperative risk factor for stroke it can lead to better management of patient with risk of stroke. Your husband’s mental status is affected significantly and he is in coma.
It is statistically not uncommon for people to sometimes experience depression and mood changes after bypass surgery--especially if complications have slowed down the recovery period or how long the person thought he/she would be in the hospital. I've seen this happen with both my parents after their bypass surgeries over the past 2 years; they're in their 80s and both were prone to mild to moderate depression prior to their operations. It may take a while for the Zoloft to work.
Has anyone ever heard of someone waking up after major bypass surgery completley blind? This happened to my father 12 days ago and he still cant see anything. The doctors here are stumped and the only thing they can come up with is he has ishmethic optic neaurpothy. Just wondering if anyone has had or heard of this happening and if there is anything we can do.
From what I understand, in this part of the US where we live, most patients are in the hospital for 4 to 7 days after bypass (if the surgery goes well without any problems or complications.) They try to get the patients sitting up and then walking (first with assistance, then on their own) as soon as it is safe to do so. This helps keep them strong and helps prevent pneumonia and blood clots from forming. What has your Dad's doctor said about how he is doing?
Hello, I just red some of the statements posted on this site on bypass surgery and complications after the surgery. My mom is 76 years old and is scheduled to have triple bypass surgery this week. She lives in Poland. After reading all those statements about side effects and complications people have after bypass surgery I got really scared. I am questioning myself, would be better for her to not have the surgery and live with the condition she has or have the surgery and hope for the best?
My husband had 9 bypass in Jan. 99. Following surgery he had dizziness. He has repeatedly gone back to the heart doctors, who didn't know why he would be dizzy. He went to one neurologist, who said it was ear infection. Finally, he was told to get a second opinion with neurologist. They did a MRI on his brain which showed he had a mild stroke, which effects the part of his brain that controls balance. He has not had his follow-up appt.
After my dad had quadruple bypass surgery he has been acting very odd. He is all speedy, talking very fast, acting crazy, irrational, repeating things over and over, not sleeping, mind constantly racing, overly high on life to a point where it's manic-like and he is making all these big decisions that will be devastating if he is not in the right mind to be making them. He is just acting crazy and irrational and possibly delusional and I need to know why. I want my dad back!!!
As sometimes cardiac bypass surgery may impair the body’s mechanism that controls blood flow to the brain, potentially increasing the risk of stroke. The highest risk of stroke after a bypass is in the first day or two after the procedure. Lesions in the brain can sometimes cause an inability to breathe. So, please discuss this with your doctor. And Good Luck. Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
Dear Kram5358, Sorry to hear about the memory loss you have been experiencing following your bypass surgery. Approximately 3 to 6% of people undergoing bypass surgery may experience some type of adverse cerebral outcome which includes stroke, cognitive decline, seizures or memory loss. As people age the incidence of these adverse events increases following bypass surgery. Fortunately, many people do return to their baseline(pre-operative) level of cognitive function.
Well, usually Aspirin is taken for the rest of your life, around 75mg daily to lower the risk of clotting, causing stroke/heart attack. Apart from this you may have to take beta blockers to keep your heart from working too hard and lower blood pressure. If your cholesterol is high you may be put onto a statin for the rest of your life. That's it really. Oh, apart from pain killers of course to help recovery.
Hi, I'm 57 yr old, male, I have bypass surgery scheduled for the next Friday. As it was shown in catheterization results, I have one artery fully blocked and the other one is 30-40% blocked, The heart is fed through three vessels from that other artery. My doctor told me that stent is impractical in my case and advised me for bypass surgery. He also told me that it's not "a question of life and death", but rather "of quality of life", that I will be able to lift weights, etc.
There is NOTHING to do with bypass surgery which limits CPR decisions and his sternum will be very strong after 15 years. Even hours after surgery, CPR can be performed. Does your husband have any condition that may relate to the above list?
Hello I'am 49. At 47 I under went quintuple bypass surgery after which I had memory loss,confusion, can't process information and a very uncontrolable anger problem which I take 80 mg of citalophram a day along with several other meds. Is there a own going study of this ? It seems to me there writing this of as several different reasons, heart disease, alzhiemers and so on......When I went in before surgery I had none of the problems I stated but these are all post surgery problems .. 1.
Bypass surgery always carries a risk, but to calculate it is really difficult. The trouble is, there are far too many parameters to incorporate. For example, how diseased are the arteries, how weak is the heart, what is the general condition of the patient, what experience does the surgeon have. There are lots of factors but putting a value on them is virtually impossible. However, if the surgeon says he is very worried, this would cause alarm bells to ring in my head. Is he experienced enough?
The mental side of recovery from bypass or any traumatic surgery can be overwhelming for some people. I remember after bypass surgery, they removed the respirator tube and everything felt very different. The tube did all the work for me and there was no discomfort from surgery at all. When the tube was removed I had to do everything for myself, and expanding my ribs to draw air into my lungs was both painful and hard work.
I will be 51 two days after christmas '08. I had my intestinal bypass surgery June 1978 in Warwick, RI by Dr. Danial Reardon. I was 321 lbs the day of surgery and 9 months later I was 164 lbs. I gained back to 187 and stayed at that weight for about 20 years. I had been pretty acive up to about 5, 6 years ago when things just started catching up. I had several other surgeries during that time.
My 77 year old Dad ad bypass surgery 8 weeks ago and is doing well given his age -- he is walking and doing phydical therapy with weights, etc. He has lost his apetite and is rqapidly losing weight --down to 219 from 240 --all good I think. The issue is he has stomach pain all of the time - and it is intense and he is very upset by it. He has been to his primary care doc and they want to do some tests - colonoscopy, etc -- he had those a year ago.
I had a triple-bypass and open-heart surgery, ten months ago after a heart attack (in May 2010). At first, I could barely walk, being terribly short of breath. Thankfully, it was water on the lung, which was resolved after another 10 days in the hospital. My age is 56. I now have arrhythmia and an implanted defribillator. As an athlete all my life, I sought to resume my exercising. First I had to walk, then, walk and run. Now, I can run a 3.
My dad is 69 had triple bypass surgery, he went into the surgery under duress not sure if he should do it. The Doctors told him he would not live if he did not go through with it. We are day 6 after the bypass, dad is on calming medications, and still sedated. Every time they try to bring him to the awake stage, he becomes very aggetated and tries to pull his mask off, and wants to get out of bed, they have his hands restrained and it is just killing me to see this.
Most likely what happened after her bypass surgery is that the bypass did not heal in properly and dissolved. This happened to my mom and they had to put a balloon in which worked for a numbers of year and then she needed a stent. Stents are like band-aids is the way a heart surgeon put it to me. It buys time, but does not fixed the problem. Once stents get plugged up with cholesterol, it is hard to fix them through the catheter. Hopefully, they will have better success next time.
I was told in most cases patients who has had a Triple bypass respond in a day or two after the surgery. As soon as I Speak with the doctor i will let you know. As you can tell I am not a doctor (That's For Sure) lol Doctor will have to explain all this to me like a two yr old. By The way, He is Diabetic. (Type 1). The doctors are still running some tests to found out why my dad has not been responsive. its been almost two weeks.
Firstly, you do feel very dopey after bypass surgery due to heavy sedating medication. This helps with both the experienced trauma and the pain. It is also not uncommon for temporary memory loss. After such trauma different people are affected in different ways and all I kept thinking for the first two days was "What the heck have I let them do to me". They will see any physical problems with the scan and the neurologist will do tests and give his opinion.
yesterday when I asked if he wanted to go to rehab, kind of rolled his eyes like it was useless. He is 68 and was very active before his bypass surgery and stroke (3 days later) and this attitude was very surprising. He has always been a VERY upbeat person, very on the go. I think he is depressed, esp. since he is being fed with nasogastric tube and therapy people have not helped him with going to the bathroom by himself.
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