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What are the risks of coronary artery bypass surgery?

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Every surgery comes with risks, and coronary artery bypass surgery is no different. Some of those include:

Many things affect these risks, including your age, how many bypasses you get, and other medical conditions you have.

  • Blood clots that could lead to a stroke, heart attack, or lung problems
  • Bleeding too much
  • Infection
  • Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Pneumonia
  • Problems breathing
  • Fever and pain
  • Kidney failure
  • Memory loss and trouble thinking clearly

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?”

National Institute of Health: “What is Cardia Rehabilitation?”

MedlinePlus: “Coronary Artery Disease”

Mayo Clinic: “Coronary Bypass Surgery”

Cleveland Clinic: “Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?”

National Institute of Health: “What is Cardia Rehabilitation?”

MedlinePlus: “Coronary Artery Disease”

Mayo Clinic: “Coronary Bypass Surgery”

Cleveland Clinic: “Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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