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Suggest treatment for accumulation of fluid around the heart post bypass surgery

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Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016
Question: My dad had quadruple bypass surgery two months ago. He cannot walk more than 20'feet without running out of breath. He went back to the hospital a week after the surgery and they said he had fluid around the heart. He was released but has gotten worse. Any ideas?
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Answered by Dr. Mohammed Taher Ali (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Suggestive of heart failure.

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXXXXX Hi & Welcome.
Thanks for posting your query on Health Care Magic.
After having gone through the history given in your query I am of the opinion that your father has symptoms suggestive of heart failure.
He needs to take certain medications like Lasix ('water pill') to reduce the accumulation of fluid around the heart. He may also need drugs like Angiotension converting enzyme inhibitor to prevent further complications.
Beside he also need to have certain life style modifications such as:
1. Restriction of dietary salt
2. To avoid smoking or consuming alcohol (if he is doing so.)
3. His BP, blood glucose, serum cholesterol levels should be well controlled by appropriate medications.
4. Regular exercise (morning/evening walk).
Hope the suggestions given above would be useful.
If you have any follow up query, please feel free to ask.
Best regards.
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Brief Answer: Suggestive of heart failure. Detailed Answer: Dear XXXXXXX Hi & Welcome. Thanks for posting your query on Health Care Magic. After having gone through the history given in your query I am of the opinion that your father has symptoms suggestive of heart failure. He needs to take certain medications like Lasix ('water pill') to reduce the accumulation of fluid around the heart. He may also need drugs like Angiotension converting enzyme inhibitor to prevent further complications. Beside he also need to have certain life style modifications such as: 1. Restriction of dietary salt 2. To avoid smoking or consuming alcohol (if he is doing so.) 3. His BP, blood glucose, serum cholesterol levels should be well controlled by appropriate medications. 4. Regular exercise (morning/evening walk). Hope the suggestions given above would be useful. If you have any follow up query, please feel free to ask. Best regards.