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What Changes Should I Make Before and After Heart Surgery?

What Changes Should I Make Before and After Heart Surgery?

No matter what stage of life you are in, healthy nutrition is important to maintain good health, prevent many diseases, feel good, and is vital for our hearts. In this blog we will answer the question, what changes should I make before and after heart surgery. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of women and men in the United States. If that doesn’t alarm you I don’t know what will. If heart surgery is on the horizon for you, you can prepare with some lifestyle changes and know what needs to change once you are in recovery.  Changes to Make Before Heart Surgery Quit smoking because it inhibits the body’s ability to heal.  If you have diabetes be sure to keep your blood sugars well controlled. High blood sugar also makes it hard for our bodies to heal.  You want to have quality nutrition before entering surgery. Our bodies get stressed when we are sick or have surgeries, so it is important to have good nutrition before surgery to help you heal faster after your surgery is completed. If your normal routine is healthy then don’t change your system. If you notice you’ve had a poor diet and haven’t been eating normally and have lost some weight, try finding foods and drinks you can have that will give you the calories you need. You don’t want to be losing weight and on a strict diet before surgery.  Changes to Make After Heart Surgery After heart surgery, you will again want to be having good nutrition. After heart surgery, your body will need more protein and enough calories...

What Causes Pulse Deficit?

When you are enjoying an athletic activity you will notice your heart beats faster than when you are just resting and reading a book. When you exercise your body may need three to four times your normal cardiac output. This happens because your muscles need more oxygen when you exert energy. So what causes pulse deficit and what is it? Pulse deficit is when one finds a difference in count between heartbeat and peripheral pulse. So what causes pulse deficit in people? In this blog, we will address what pulse deficit is, the causes, how to take a pulse, symptoms, and treatments. What is Pulse Deficit? Pulse deficit occurs when the heart is contracting and the pulse is not reaching the periphery. Pulse deficit can be dangerous if not treated properly, this is especially true if heart conditions run in your family. No need to worry because once you know the signs and what causes pulse deficit you will know to reach out to a doctor to get help for yourself or a loved one.  Taking a Pulse If you are wondering if your family member has a pulse deficit it is important to know how to properly take a pulse. You can begin taking a pulse by putting two fingers on a person’s neck or wrist.  When Measuring Pulse in Someone’s Wrist: Have the person’s arm held out straight, with the palm of their hand facing upwards Place your first finger and middle fingers on their wrist, near the base of their thumb Pull out a clock that shows your the seconds clearly, count how many beats you...

Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Minimally invasive heart surgery utilizes healthcare professionals in cardiac, surgery, cardiac anesthesiologist, perfusionist, assistants, and nurses in the operating room. Each professional brings their specialized and unique expertise which is important to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient. There are some disadvantages to consider when looking into minimally invasive heart surgery. There are also some great advantages.  Disadvantages of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Not Everyone is a Candidate To be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery you have to have a blocked or diseased vessel on the left side of the heart only. Or a requirement can be you had not previously had bypass surgery as well as no preexisting scar tissue on the heart or chest. A disadvantage of minimally invasive heart surgery is not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Surgeons are researching new ways to apply the surgery so overtime more and more people will be able to benefit from the procedure.  Long Time in the Operating Room  Another disadvantage of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery is the surgery takes a longer time in the operating room.  Advantages of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Shorten Recovery Time  There is a smaller incision during minimally invasive surgery, which means there is less of a wound to heal. When less healing is needed, your body can heal quickly and reduce the recovery period from four to eight weeks with conventional open surgery to two to four weeks with minimally invasive surgery. There will also be less pain and the incision will go away more quickly because of the smaller incision. This allows for the advantage of...

What is Pulse Deficit?

What is a Pulse Deficit? The concept of a pulse deficit can be both confusing and frightening if you’re not a member of the medical community, but it has a direct bearing on the health of your heart and can be life threatening if not treated properly and allowed to get worse. It sounds confusing, but is quite simple. When your heart beats, it sends blood through the arteries of your body. This produces a noticeable pulse which can be felt. Normally these two events are in synch, but it is when they are not in synch, the pulse and the beat of your heart, that problems can arise. What Causes a Pulse Deficit? There are several causes for a pulse deficit, some of which are not necessarily indicators of heart disease, such as heavy exercise. Other causes of a pulse deficit are not so innocent, however, and can include low blood pressure, periods of extreme anxiety or stress, extended periods of chronic pain, and bodily injury or trauma, including blood loss. What happens when there is a pulse deficit is that when the heart beats, but there is no pulse of blood that comes after. This creates a pulse deficit. How is it Treated? Observing that someone has a pulse deficit is fairly straightforward. A doctor or nurse listens to your chest with a stethoscope and notes the heartbeat, but when they attempt to take your pulse, do not notice the same number of pulse beats. The symptoms of pulse deficit include a noticeably decreased resting heart rate and a long-term consistent history of having a different resting...

All About LIMA LAD

LIMA LAD is a life-saving procedure for your heart. What LIMA LAD does is open your heart’s blood flow by involving two different arterys. These are the left internal mammary artery and the left anterior descending artery, or LIMA LAD for short. This minimally invasive procedure results in a tiny scar that hides under the fold in your breast. What Do The LIMA LAD Organs Do? Your LAD is meant for being able to carry your blood around the heart. It does this by traveling between your right ventricle at the front of your heart and the left as well. When blocked, blood can’t make its way to its appropriate destination. When this happens, it means your heart struggles as well. The LIMA, on the other hand, is on the heart’s left side. When blockages settle in the vessels around your heart due to heart disease, it puts a strain on your heart. That, in turn, will keep your heart from pumping the way that it should. When you can receive a heart surgery that is both bloodless and invasive on a minimal level, it will create a new route for your blood to flow. A catheter will be placed into the area of the blockage, and it has a balloon tip. The balloon is inflated to stretch the vessel gently. When it does this, it will release the blockage.   What Benefit Do We Receive from a Minimally Invasive Surgery? When you have minimally invasive surgery, particularly a bloodless one, the procedure is low impact and one of the best options. With these new techniques being adopted, the...

Bloodless Heart Surgery Recovery

Heart surgery is one of the most sophisticated and complex types of surgery. It is demanding and requires an excellent team of physicians, assistants, and support personnel. Minimally invasive heart surgery significantly decreases the amount of trauma and damage to the patient and makes for a much easier recovery. What is Bloodless Heart Surgery? Related to advances in heart surgery, bloodless surgery has made great strides since the 1990s. Instead of using transfusions to replace blood lost during surgery, great efforts are made to reduce bleeding during surgery and harmonic scalpels clot blood while cutting tissue. Hemostatics stop bleeding before, during, and after surgery. Bleeding vessels can be sealed by an argon beam coagulator. Also, what blood is lost during the procedure is collected and returned to the patient’s circulatory system. Bloodless surgery avoids complications of transfusion, including disease (negligible risk), depression of immune system function, allergic reaction to additives in stored blood, and inflammatory response. Avoiding transfusions can make for a better recovery after heart surgery. Combining minimal blood loss with minimally invasive heart surgery can give excellent results for recovery, even with elderly or frail patients, who would have been a poor risk with earlier kinds of techniques. Still, the doctor’s skill and experience are important factors in how well the surgery, and the recovery, go. Does This Surgery Cause Scarring? Usually, minimally invasive heart surgery is done with a two-inch incision between the ribs. So, unlike earlier versions of heart surgery, bones do not have to be broken to gain access to the heart. Given time after surgery, the scar can fade to where it is...