What Can You Expect Without Open Heart Surgery?

What can you expect without open heart surgery? You should be aware that without bypass surgery, you will remain at risk for the progression of a serious and life-threatening illness. It is important to note that if your symptoms persist and worsen, the risk of complications associated with having bypass surgery at a later time rises dramatically. And by this point, you may not even be a candidate for open heart surgery anymore.

(Technically speaking, an open heart surgery is any procedure where the chest is opened, which certainly includes procedures beyond a heart bypass (a valve replacement, for example). However, because a heart bypass is the most common type of open heart surgery, for the purposes of this article, we will be using the terms "bypass" and "open heart surgery" interchangeably.)
 

An Overview of What You Can Expect Without Open Heart Surgery

Even if open heart surgery is recommended by your doctor, it is always your choice to have or not to have the surgery. However, it is important to understand the possible consequences of delaying or refusing open heart surgery.
 
Without bypass surgery, you will remain at risk for the progression of a serious and life-threatening illness. Though no one can truly predict the outcome of your specific situation, it is possible that you will continue to experience poor health and possibly the loss of your life. Furthermore, if your symptoms persist and worsen, the risk of complications associated with having bypass surgery at a later time rises dramatically. And by this point, you may not even be a candidate for open heart surgery anymore.
 
The final decision to have or not to have heart bypass surgery rests with you, but all concerns related to this decision should be discussed with your doctor at length. You and your doctor can discuss your individual situation and come up with a treatment method that is comfortable for you.
 
 
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