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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Contributions by ColleenO

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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a CABG, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infections
  • Blood clots
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Damage to other organs, such as the kidneys
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Death

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Lung disease, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( emphysema )
  • Prior heart attack or bypass surgery
  • Advanced age
  • Surgical urgency
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision sites
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Gaining more than four pounds within one or two days
  • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs, or sudden shortness of breath or chest pain

In case of an emergency, call 911.

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