Cardiac Tumor Resection and Reconstruction
|Anatomy of the Heart|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Heart attack
- Damage to the heart, lungs, or other organs
- Excess bleeding
- Blood clots
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia such as lightheadedness, low blood pressure, or wheezing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Soreness in throat
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Your doctor will ask about your family and medical history. You will also have a physical exam and blood tests.
- An electrocardiogram will be done to examine your heart’s electrical activity.
- Your doctor will also need images of the heart and tumor. These may be taken with:
- Talk to your doctor about:
- Any allergies you may have.
- Any medications, herbs, or supplements you take.
- You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the surgery.
- Know what paperwork you will need to bring with you.
- Do not eat or drink the night before your surgery.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will it Take?
How Much Will it Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Move around in bed. It will help circulate the blood.
- Increase your activity level each day.
- Take deep breaths and cough. This will help keep your lungs clear.
- Wear elastic stockings to promote blood circulation.
- Follow instructions on caring for the wound to prevent infection
- Track your temperature and weight as directed
- Avoid lifting, pushing, or pulling anything weighing more than 10 pounds
- Have someone help you around the house
- When it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water
- When you can go back to work and start to drive again
- When you can resume physical and sexual activity
Call Your Doctor
- Pain that cannot be controlled with the medications you've been given
- Leg swelling
- Symptoms of depression that last 2 weeks
- Lightheadedness that leads to fainting
- Squeezing sensation or pressure in the chest
- Radiating pain in one or both arms, neck, back, or jaw
- Shortness of breath
- Drooping or numbness in the face
- Arm weakness
- Difficulty speaking
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -