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Diabetes and Beating Heart Bypass Surgery

If you have diabetes, and beating heart bypass surgery has been recommended to you, it is important to understand the higher risk of complications. Symptoms of abnormal blood sugar levels, such as weakness, vision difficulty, or anxiety, could signal serious problems following the surgery. Tell your healthcare provider if something doesn't feel right following beating heart bypass surgery, as immediate action could prevent further complications.

Diabetes and Beating Heart Bypass Surgery: Complications

As a person with diabetes, your risks for beating heart bypass surgery complications are higher. Although problems don't happen very often, it's more likely for you to have infections or to take longer to recover.
For these reasons, it's important for you to go to all of your follow-up appointments after the surgery. You should also call your healthcare providers if you have any of the symptoms of high or low blood sugar or symptoms of possible complications.
Infections can be a serious problem, especially for people with diabetes. If your doctor thinks you might have an infection, you may need medicine and treatment immediately.
Because there are risks with beating heart bypass surgery, you should talk to your healthcare team if something doesn't feel right -- no matter how small it seems.

Diabetes and Beating Heart Bypass Surgery: Leaving the Hospital

As someone with diabetes, you probably know a lot about the signs and symptoms that go along with abnormal blood sugar levels.
These include:
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty with your vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Feeling slow or tired
  • Not getting better from a cold or flu
  • Having infections that don't go away or don't get better
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Needing to go to the bathroom a lot
  • Feeling hungry all of the time.
After your beating heart bypass surgery, these symptoms may indicate a problem. For example, an infection at the procedure site can make it difficult to control blood sugar and may require IV antibiotics to treat the infection. To help identify what is causing the symptoms, you may be asked to check your blood sugar more frequently. It is important to report any changes to your doctor as soon as possible so that the appropriate treatment can be started, if necessary.
Also, if you take medication for your diabetes, you may have to go on insulin following the procedure due to the stress of the surgery. However, this should only be temporary.
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