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Dr. Kenneth L. Franco, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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Why is my mom's blood pressure on the higher side after bypass?

There could be several reasons for her blood pressure being higher after surgery, as I do not know her condition before surgery. Perhaps she was not put back on all her meds after READ MORE
There could be several reasons for her blood pressure being higher after surgery, as I do not know her condition before surgery. Perhaps she was not put back on all her meds after surgery becomes her blood pressure was lower after surgery, she is more active now and may have some pain or maybe her heart is functioning better. I would discuss with her cardiologist.

How long will my dad have to be in the ICU after open heart surgery?

Not easy to answer this question without knowing the details of your dad's surgery or where the surgery will be performed. Typically, most patients may spend a day or two in the READ MORE
Not easy to answer this question without knowing the details of your dad's surgery or where the surgery will be performed. Typically, most patients may spend a day or two in the ICU. The goal is to have the patient home when he or she has recovered from the surgery and has not had any complications.

How can I prepare my body better for an open heart surgery?

Follow your physician's instructions. Exercise if you can, watch your diet, take your medications, and make sure you have all your questions answered.

Is it safe to have sex after open heart surgery?

Yes, you can have sex after open heart surgery. I would check with your cardiologist on the exact time to begin again. He or she may want to do a follow-up test before giving you READ MORE
Yes, you can have sex after open heart surgery. I would check with your cardiologist on the exact time to begin again. He or she may want to do a follow-up test before giving you the green light to do so.

I have very high blood pressure . Will it cause any complications if I have heart surgery?

No, your blood pressure will be managed, but the team will take care of you with IV and then po (by mouth) medications.

How do I prevent fatigue and tiredness after a bypass surgery?

Fairly common after surgery. Could be low blood count, not eating or sleeping well, related to meds, etc. Review labs and meds with physician. Eat, rest, and try to slowly exercise. READ MORE
Fairly common after surgery. Could be low blood count, not eating or sleeping well, related to meds, etc. Review labs and meds with physician. Eat, rest, and try to slowly exercise.

Why did my father's angioplasty fail?

Not sure what you meant by failed angioplasty. The cardiologist usually places stents not due to isolated angioplasty. If it failed, then usually emergency surgery is required READ MORE
Not sure what you meant by failed angioplasty. The cardiologist usually places stents not due to isolated angioplasty. If it failed, then usually emergency surgery is required by a cardiac surgeon who does bypass.

Why do some patients need heart surgery after a heart attack?

Probably had significant disease in all of his coronary arteries. If so, would do better with complete revascularization (surgery).

What does a coronary artery bypass surgery involve?

Most CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) operations involve making an incision in the chest to perform the surgery and harvesting the bypass conduits (left internal mammary READ MORE
Most CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) operations involve making an incision in the chest to perform the surgery and harvesting the bypass conduits (left internal mammary artery, possibly the right internal mammary artery), veins from the leg and possibly the radial artery in the forearm depending on how many bypasses will be done. The operation can be done with the heart beating or with the heart arrested on the heart-lung machine. After the surgery is completed, the chest and any other incisions are closed after placing drains. The breathing tube is removed when the patient is stable. Hospital discharge occurs in 4-6 days if no problems arise.

My 4 year old son recently has an irregular heartbeat. Would he need a transplant in the future?

You are jumping way ahead. Your son needs an evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist who will work up his rhythm problem and seek advice if needed by an expert electrophysiologist. READ MORE
You are jumping way ahead. Your son needs an evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist who will work up his rhythm problem and seek advice if needed by an expert electrophysiologist. Only at that point will they know whether any treatment is needed.

What happens in a person to trigger a myocardial infarction?

I am not sure what the final trigger is for an individual to have an MI. I suspect it can be different for many individuals. Ultimately, in patients, the underlying disease is READ MORE
I am not sure what the final trigger is for an individual to have an MI. I suspect it can be different for many individuals. Ultimately, in patients, the underlying disease is atherosclerosis and the risk factors a person has developed over the years like diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lipid disorder, smoking, etc.

What are the risks of an open heart surgery for a hypertension patient?

Not sure what open heart operation he is having, but some of the typical risks include infection, bleeding, stroke, renal insufficiency, wound problems, and arrhythmias. I am sure READ MORE
Not sure what open heart operation he is having, but some of the typical risks include infection, bleeding, stroke, renal insufficiency, wound problems, and arrhythmias. I am sure the surgical team will do what it can so your family member does well.

What does an angioplasty procedure involve?

You have coronary artery disease (blockages in the arteries on the surface of the heart). Your cardiologist, based on your symptoms and the angiogram, feel some of the blockages READ MORE
You have coronary artery disease (blockages in the arteries on the surface of the heart). Your cardiologist, based on your symptoms and the angiogram, feel some of the blockages may be severe and account for your symptoms. They will do an angioplasty, which involves placing a wire across the blockage and blowing up a tiny balloon to dilate the blockage. Usually, they then place a stent to keep the area of the blockage open. This can be performed in several of your blocked arteries. You will need to take medicine like ASA and plavix after the procedure.

I have been detected with a growth in my esophagus. Should I consult a cardiothoracic surgeon?

Not sure where the growth is or how it was found. Either way, you need to see a GI physician, a thoracic oncologist, or a thoracic surgeon so they can take a good history, do a READ MORE
Not sure where the growth is or how it was found. Either way, you need to see a GI physician, a thoracic oncologist, or a thoracic surgeon so they can take a good history, do a physical exam, and order the appropriate tests to work up the growth you have so a diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan developed.

What is the difference between a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon?

Cardiologists help with the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems related to the heart. They can also do procedures like cardiac caths, PCI (stents), etc. Cardiothoracic READ MORE
Cardiologists help with the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems related to the heart. They can also do procedures like cardiac caths, PCI (stents), etc.
Cardiothoracic surgeons help with the surgical treatment of diseases of the heart, lungs, and esophagus. Cardiologists will refer them patients that need CABG, valve procedures, etc.

My son is 8 years old and has been detected with a hole in the heart. Is surgery the only option?

Not sure where the hole in the heart is (atrial septum or ventricular septum). Either way, if surgery is needed, it is very safe and effective (complications are not very common READ MORE
Not sure where the hole in the heart is (atrial septum or ventricular septum). Either way, if surgery is needed, it is very safe and effective (complications are not very common unless your son is very sick or has problems with elevated pressures in the heart or heart failure). You should consult with a interventional pediatric cardiologist to see if there is a possible option of closing the hole with a device and not having open heart surgery.

After my bypass surgery, I am having heavy bleeding during my periods. Could there be a connection?

You need to notify your ct surgeon and let him know what is happening. It may be related to anitplatelet meds or anticoagulants you may taking. He can also determine if you need READ MORE
You need to notify your ct surgeon and let him know what is happening. It may be related to anitplatelet meds or anticoagulants you may taking. He can also determine if you need a gyn exam.

How can I tell if it's a heart attack or just a chest pain?

There can be many reasons for chest pain. The simple way for you to address this issue is to see a cardiologist who can take a good history, review your symptoms in detail, and READ MORE
There can be many reasons for chest pain. The simple way for you to address this issue is to see a cardiologist who can take a good history, review your symptoms in detail, and order appropriate lab and other diagnostic tests as needed. Sometimes, chest pain related to the heart can be missed. Not good if that is the case.

My grandfather is 87 years old and has suffered a heart attack. What should we do?

He should see a cardiologist who will asses his heart function and evidence of CAD. A cardiologist will also asses his risk factors and develop a treatment plan for him.

Would LAD lesion cause tachycardia?

You need to see a cardiologist for the LAD lesion and an electrophysiologist for your tachycardia. They will help sort out your problem.