Getting surgery of any kind can be a daunting experience. And, with so much happening, it can be a confusing and worrying time, so it's good to get educated about what to expect, and how to look after yourself post-surgery.
Bypass surgery is a type of heart surgery, where an alternative route past a blockage or narrowing in your artery or vein is made. This helps improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart. It is sometimes known as CABG.
So, if you've had — or are going to have — bypass surgery, you'll need to know what to do following that surgery. This 10 step guide is just for you:
1. Attend regular health check-ups
Your doctor will want to ensure you make a full recovery, so it's important to attend all check-ups to keep an eye on cholesterol, blood pressure, and simply your health in general.
2. Take medications as prescribed
It's important that you take your medication at the prescribed times and doses, to keep your health in check.
What is GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux, also referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is when the contents of the stomach are returned to the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. The LES will normally open to allow food into the stomach and close to prevent it from returning to the esophagus. GERD occurs when the LES is weak or relaxed, and the contents of the stomach return to the esophagus. The severity of GERD is contingent on the level of LES dysfunction. The Causes of GERD Factors that contribute to GERD are hiatal hernia, cigarette smoking, and pregnancy. Diet is also an important factor. Foods and beverages such as chocolate, fried foods or fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol contribute to GERD. Obesity can also be responsible for GERD . Obesity and GERD As noted by Texas GERD Institute, several studies have discovered that excess weight nearly doubles the possibility for GERD symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitati...
Is bypass surgery in your future? What if it doesn't have to be? I had the pleasure of interviewing 61 year-old Don Carrier. Six years ago he was facing triple bypass surgery , but by making necessary diet and lifestyle changes he has changed his future. No bypass surgery and no more medications.
Lisa Nelson RD: Please share details about your health prior to making diet and lifestyle changes, such as your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, as well as your quality of life.
Don Carrier: The best way for me to start out is when I entered Dr. McDougall's 10-day program back in 2003. At that time I weighed over 230 pounds. The main reason I went to his clinic is because I was facing a triple bypass and hoped to find an alternative option to the surgery. I was very sluggish with no energy and overweight. Please keep in mind that I was a life long vegetarian . My cholesterol was well over 200, high blood pressure (in the 160's) and basic quality of life was very poor....
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