Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Do I Need Coronary Bypass Surgery?

man wearing glasses standing over pink background smiling with hands on chest with closed eyes A healthy heart plays a critical role in maintaining a robust and healthy body. When your heart function suffers, it can have a significant impact on your health and quality of life. One of the more significant problems that patients can experience with their heart health is having a blocked coronary artery. The coronary arteries are responsible for making sure the heart receives its blood supply, helping it to function at its best. A coronary artery failure can be dangerous and require immediate medical intervention. The team of Suffolk Vein & Vascular specializes in treatments that can help address compromised blood flow and help avoid life-threatening complications. Here are a few signs you may need a coronary artery procedure and how our office can help.

Symptoms of Coronary Issues

Your coronary arteries deliver blood and nutrients to the heart, which, in turn, circulates blood throughout your body. Disruptions to this flow can be dangerous because your body is not getting an adequate supply of the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood it needs. Poor circulation in the coronary arteries typically comes from a buildup of plaque in the arteries, a condition known as coronary artery disease.

Patients with coronary artery disease can experience symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Arm pain

Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease

Several factors play a role in patients developing coronary artery disease. For instance, some people have a genetic predisposition to develop the condition. However, some cases of coronary artery disease can result from your lifestyle. Having a diet that is high in cholesterol and salt, being overweight, and smoking are some of the factors that can put you at risk. High blood pressure and diabetes can also increase the likelihood of coronary artery disease.

How We Help

Suffolk Vein and Vascular offer patients the essential and potentially life-saving treatments they need to correct blocked coronaries. Our specialists can implement plans that suit your situation and do not take a one-size-fits-all approach. One such treatment is coronary bypass surgery which clears blockages from coronary arteries and helps restore proper circulation to and from the heart. For more on coronary bypass surgery and if it’s the best treatment for you, please schedule a consultation by calling today at (631) 476-9100.

Preparing For Bypass Surgery

happy smiling dreamy lovely granny hold hands chest The thought of heart surgery can be scary. Uncertainty about the procedure and your life afterward can make for an intimidating idea. But, with preparation, you can help ease your concerns and prepare for a healthy life after your procedure.

Why Bypass Surgery Is Necessary

For many reasons, the arteries surrounding your heart can become clogged with plaque, making it harder for your heart to pump blood through your body. Clogged arteries can have severe consequences on your health, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Clogged arteries also increase your risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

CAD can result in symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the feet and hands
  • Fatigue

It’s worth noting that some people don’t experience symptoms of CAD in its early stages, but the disease can still progress to lead to a heart attack from the blockage.

How to Prepare

Asking your doctor questions is crucial to ease concerns about bypass surgery. Your doctor can answer your questions and explain the details of your procedure. Also, your doctor gives you a thorough exam to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery. Along with following your doctor’s advice, there are several steps you can take to prepare. First, quitting smoking before your procedure can help. Chemicals from cigarettes can create fatty deposits in your arteries and contribute to the problem.

Next, make a trip to your dentist. Since heart and oral health share a surprising connection, you may need clearance from your dentist before your procedure. Bacteria from gum disease can create problems for your heart. Your dentist can examine you can write a clearance letter to confirm your oral health.

Also, preparing your family and friends is crucial to aid in your recovery. For the first few weeks after your procedure, you will need help to complete tasks such as cooking, bathing, and changing bandages.

Bypass surgery is an essential tool to help restore your health. Preparing for your procedure can help you deal with concerns before and after surgery. If you want to learn more, please reach out to Suffolk Vein and Vascular. Schedule a consultation today by calling (631) 476-9100 to reach any of our 3 locations.

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