My dad is having a triple bypass tomorrow...

  1. and, I want to know from all you with cardiac experience, how worried should I be about this?!? Okay, I know it's serious, it is his heart after all! But, I am wondering what the mortality rate is of heart bypass. Especially in pts who have not had an MI already.

    My dad went to his PCP last week for his annual exam and the MD heard a murmur. He had a cardiac cath last week and it was decided the damage was more than what an angioplasty could help. So, it was decided last Tuesday they were going open him up tomorrow.

    My dad quit smoking years ago, more than ten, I think, and he lost approx 30 pounds this past winter. He says he's p*ssed because he has been everything right and he still has to go through this. I just told him, if he hadn't done everything right, he'd probably be dead already!
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   zambezi
    I wish your dad luck tomorrow...as you know there are many risks that go along with cardiac surgery...numbers are hard to know without knowing your dads age, history, etc...it is very individualized...the doctor may have given your dad a mortality rate during the consent talk....most of our patients do really well..the best thing to do is talk with the nurse and doctor about how things are going...they will be the ones that can update you on all of the details..Anyway...I wish your dad luck (and you for having to wait through it...)
  4. by   dekatn
    From my family to yours, our thoughts and prayers are with you, I had triple by-pass in 1999, so we know what you are going through. Please keep us posted.
  5. by   rollingstone
    Good luck to your Dad. When he's extubated the focus is pulmonary toilet. He should be diligent with using his incentive spirometer ten repetitions every hour or so while awake. Follow this with coughing while splinting the sternal incision with a pillow. I always encourage family members to assist in this important routine. Make sure he takes his po analgesia to keep incisional pain under control. In general, once he's transferred out of ICU he should be ambulated at least three times per day.
  6. by   NCgirl
    1-2% M&M without prior MI.
  7. by   camay1221_RN
    My dad lives in NC!


    Quote from NCgirl
    1-2% M&M without prior MI.
  8. by   camay1221_RN
    Thanks for all the thoughts, advice and prayers!!!

    Perhaps I am a little overly optimistic at times, but I truly think he will get through this just fine. He is a young pup of 61, and with the positive changes he has made in his life, I am just that much more optimistic. Hey, I am also doing alot, alot, alot of praying our Good Lord will let him stay here for a few years longer!

    Many Thanks, again!!!
  9. by   NRSKarenRN
    My 75yo Dad went for a "routine stress test" in November 03, recomended cath for checkup. He is 18yrs post only MI and has had them done yearly since.

    Imagine his surprise when Cardiologist said "your staying" and Cabg x2 turned out to be CABG X4 after surgeon reviewed cath film with me. After all he had just bowled a 240 game effortlessly three days prior to cath! :chuckle

    With the right mental attitude and good surgeon hands, he should do well at his age.

    Exactly 6 weeks post op, Dad back to bowling--has had even higher games and his team won the first half season. He promises not to climb on the roof of this three story apt house for repairs, but won't give up inside repairs: replacing plaster from roof leak, painting and doing three sets of steps in one climb.

    Good article for advice:
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002946.htm
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    Your dad should do fine---the pts look HORRIBLE that first day, thank goodness they don't remember anything about that first day but i have seen grown sons cry when they see loved ones....just keep in mind that they have highly trained personnel in icu one on one and they do this every day so they know what to watch for give your dad a kiss for us
  11. by   Tweety
    Hope all goes well. Best wishes for a fast recovery.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    BEST wishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! let us know how he does ok?
  13. by   Energizer Bunny
    I know nothing about it, but Good Luck to your dad. I'll say a prayer for him!!!!!! please let us know how he does.
    Last edit by CNM2B on May 25, '04 : Reason: typo
  14. by   camay1221_RN
    My stepmother called me earlier today and said the MD told her my dad's surgery went very well! She was chomping at the bit to see him, but when she called me, dad was still in recovery.

    I hate being so far away, I'm in WI and dad is in NC. Right now, the finances don't allow me the opportunity to get a plane ticket to see him. Besides, when I asked him last week if he wanted me to come, he said, "Don't be ridiculous!" Okay, then!!!

    Thanks again to all of you for your wonderfully kind thoughts and wishes!

    God Bless you all!!

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