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Chest pain after laparotomy, family history of heart disease. Do I need to be further checked out?

I had a Laparotomy in Apr2012 followed by an ALIF in Apr2011. Since the laparotomy- I m slow to recover and have chest pain that stops me in my tracks ..............It scares me but the surgeon does not think it s any big deal. I m 50 and was a good athlete- Heart Disease Took all of my Grandparents. My Mom s Dad died at 61. Do I need to be checked out further??? Linda
Asked On : Wed, 9 May 2012
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Thanks for your query.
Chest pain post-laparotomy can be due to procedure related complications like collapse of the lung, pleuritis, inadequate analgesia. What I think you must try to Breath deeply as hard as you can so that your lung gets fully expanded or else you may ask for incentive spirometry.
Secondly considering a strong family history you must be evaluated for any underlying cardiac abnormality for which you may go for stress ECG and echocardiography.
If infection is suspected antibiotics will help...

Best wishes
Answered: Mon, 28 Oct 2013
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