Recovering from heart surgery is harder than most people realize says the Wall Street Journal.
We have all heard about people who required heart surgery, who needed a bypass of a valve procedure and some of them are surprisingly young.
One of my friends had a surgery of this type and he said it is harder than he realized it would be, after having it done at one of the nations finest hospitals.
It is apparently much more difficult to come back from a heart surgery than many people realize. Apparently, the Wall Street Journal decided that it was a good enough subject to look into.
Check out the article here
For Many, Life After Heart Surgery Is Surprisingly Hard
Procedures on the body”™s most vital organ can be especially traumatic
By LAURA LANDRO
June 20, 2016
As heart patients survive ever more complex surgeries, they are often surprised by how tough it can be to bounce back after the operation.
While recovery can be a long slog after any major surgery, invasive procedures on the body”™s most vital organ can be especially traumatic. During heart surgery, the body”™s natural inflammatory response to injury can be dramatically amplified, leading to complications such as altered liver and kidney function. Patients may emerge not only physically frail, but also have trouble with brain function due to heavy anesthesia.
As much as 40% of patients suffer from depression after cardiac surgery, research shows. And in older patients, psychological and social issues such as isolation and a lack of a strong support network can also limit recovery after the stress of cardiac surgery, according to a study published in April in the journal Experimental Gerontology.