Friday, June 11, 2010 Norma McCully, Community Member, asks

Q: heart size

I have a friend whose great grandchild just had surgery & we were wondering how big this grandchild's heart was that the dr.'s had to work with.  The baby is 3 months old (after being born) so how big is it's heart. 

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
6/11/10 8:24pm

The size of his fist.

The humans heart is normally always the size of the person's hand with a closed fist, and grows bigger as the fist grows bigger.

 

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Norma McCully, Community Member
6/11/10 11:54pm

thank you.  I kinda thot so but wasn't sure.  You sure did answer faster than I thot u would.  What is your profession as I'm curious.

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
6/12/10 11:02am

I'm not in the medical profession. I just try to learn as much as I can about the heart, since I had a heart attack and open heart surgery this year.

 

I'd always imagined the heart being bigger. And for babies, it's nothing short than a miracle that doctors can operate on something smaller then a golf ball.

I have a hard time changing a watch battery. 

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Norma McCully, Community Member
6/12/10 1:08pm

Now this has turned into more questions that I have if you don't mind.  Sorry about your heart attack.  The reason for the next question is that it''s a good possiblilty that I might have a heart attack in the future as well as all of us.  But my grandma & mom had congestive heart failure & died of it so I'm expecting the same fate.  So the question is what was the pain level on your heart attack from 1-10, 10 being the worst.  And my other question is do you get screened in order to answer these questions or can just anyone answer questions on this site? 

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
6/12/10 4:48pm

I'm a nobody like you, that sign-in and asked a question,  so no, I wasn't screened. You dont' believe a baby's heart can be that small, do you?? lol

Sorry about your mom and granny, but I hope you see a doctor regularly so nothing happens to you.? I never had a doctor, so my heart problem wasn't caught before it was to late at the old age of 39. If you see a doctor about your heart, he can help you from ever having a heart attack or open heart surgery.

Having a heart attack is like getting kicked by a mule. At the time I would have rated it a 10 in pain, but the first couple of days after open heart surgery was much more painful to me. When your having a heart attack it's painful, but because you haven't experienced this type of pain and feelings before you are more SCARED and in SHOCK then in pain. I just remember thinking over and over "am i going to die now or in a few minutes?".

After open heart surgery, most people don't remember the first few days, but I remember them, I even remember the moments right after the surgery. I remember feeling the breathing tube down my throat, I remember that even tho my eyes were closed and I seemed unconscious, I could feel the worse pain I'd ever felt in my whole life and it would not go away. Those two days, was like an elephant had sat on me and broke every single bone in my body and he wouldn't get off of me. I was struggling to breathe. If it wasn't for an angel of a nurse that I could feel holding my hand and I could hear telling me to breathe, I think I would be dead.

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Norma McCully, Community Member
6/12/10 9:29pm

Yes I actually can believe a baby's heart can be that small cuz they are small & everything about them is small except maybe they're big heads compared to the rest of them.  That heart attack of yours is an experience I sure don't want to go thru but millions do.  I think it's pretty up there on the scale of what people go thru along w/ cancer.  My neighbor who was in his 70's & have since passed away had heart surgery but I never asked him what it was like.  He did volunteer that they took his heart out & worked on it on a separate table.  Do they still do it that way I wonder?

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MrQuadruple, Community Member
6/12/10 11:03pm

I know heart surgery has come a long way even in the past 10 years. But I think your neighbor was pulling your leg. You should have talked to him about it, it's not a bad thing to talk about. I couldn't see them ever working on your heart on a seperate table, unless you were getting a new heart. There is way too many viens and arteries coming and going to it. They have to stop the heart to work on it, it would take way too long to disconect the heart and then reconnect it to the body, the heart probable wouldn't start again and you'd surely have brain damage from being on the heart and lung machine too long. 

 

They cut you open, cut your main bone in the center of your chest and then use a clamp on it to open up your rib cage. They may lift your heart a lit bit towards the opening, but not completely out. They then use a Heart and Lung machine, they stop your heart and use this machine to pump your blood and with a big tube down your throat to breathe for you. 

 

The pain a person feels right after open heart surgery is the worse, I don't think anything could be worse. It way more painful the a heart attack. On a 1 to 10 scale, if a heart attack was a 10, open heart surgey would be a 15.

I hear some people that have had open heart surgery more then one time in their life. I don't know how they did it, as I'd rather jump in front of a train.

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Norma McCully, Community Member
6/13/10 9:36pm

I guess my neighbor was pulling my leg.  It's too bad it is so painful. I wish it weren't too as I know you do too.

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