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Open heart surgery for an 86 yr old woman?

My grandma has a heart valve which does not close properly. as a result, there has been a leakage of blood which is making her very short of breath. from what i understand her heart has been enlarged for a while now as well. we asked her whether she wanted to go through with the surgery or not and she opted for it, b/c she did not want to be gasping for air for the rest of her life (would bring down the quality of her life). her surgery is scheduled for next wednesday. aside from having a poorly functioning heart for a while now, she is in good health. just how much risk comes along with surgery like this with a woman her age? I am so scared that she will not make it thru it, or that she may have a stroke or something afterwards. plz enlighten me on the situation w/ some medical advice. thanks! Thanks for the kind words everyone...
Wed, 14 Sep 2011
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open heart surgery or coronary artery bypass graft aims at making new channels for oxygen deficent heart areas .like any other surgery it has its own specific or general risk and advantages .doctor or expert choose different method of intervention for different people based on age,general health etc.the old age is one of the major risk itself and you must seek other option such as medical intervention ,which aims at dissolution of clot by medicines.however one must consult multiple experts to make final choice.
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