Hey everyone. I just found out my 59 year old Dad needs a 5 vessel CABG. Understandably, both as his oldest daughter & an RN, I'm very concerned!
Dad's a NIDDM type 2, mostly diet controlled, though his doc just started him on glipzide 5 mg po QD. No hx htn according to Dad, but he has just recently developed some exercise induced angina pain.Cariologist started him on beta blocker (toprol) few days ago after CP induced on stress test. Also was given prn ntg rx. He had heart cath this am (he lives out of state & my step mom tells me the info) & docs say he needs a 5 vessel CABG.
I don't get many post CABG on my floor, as I work med/tele/renal and we only get post EP study, post heart cath, post pacers, more stable teles. I have floated to step down, and I've seen post CABG, but not really knowing what to expect. My memory is, anyone needing multivessel CABG has some serious cardiac dz & comorbidities.I did some internet searches & it looks grim, with his DM and family hx of cardiac dz (his dad died of MI, older sis had MI x4 and also has DM).
My husband & I are flying out to be with Dad & family in a day or two.In the meanwhile, I'm feeling mixed emotions. On one hand, glad they caught this before an MI (Dad says his cardiologist states no cardiac muscle damage). Though I don't know any details, getting it all second hand. Don't know if LAD is blocked & how much, don't know ej. fraction.
Dad used to smoke for 20+ years, but has been compliant w/ diabetic diet & non smoker for 10 years.Blood sugars recently "high" per Dad at 150s (and just started glipizide). Excercises regularly. Not overweight- never has been more than 20 lbs overweight. 5 ft 10, 160 lb now.High stress job, though. Owns his own business & has been working 14 hr days.
I am going to be supportive, strong & put on a happy face for Dad, but I am very worried! Even with surgery going well w/o complications, I wonder what the post surg. survival rate is for multivessel dz & DM? The internet info I read looked grim. Anybody have any tips or words of hope? He's only 59, and I don't want to lose him.