Failed grafts after bypass surgery

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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 2/13/2011 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I'm new to this forum.  I had quadruple bypass surgery last Oct. and during my last week of cardiac rehab I started having chest/back pain and ended up having stents put into my two most clogged arteries (3 in each).  Apparently, two of my grafts failed. 
Has anyone had experience with this?  I didn't even realize they could fail like this.  I'm having a hard time mentally because I'm 45 and have a 10 year old and 6 year old.  I don't want to leave them motherless.

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   Posted 2/13/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I am so sorry to read of your outcome from the bypass and I am sure you are very anxious right now but I think you have a right to be.
When clogged plaque narrows an artery that feeds the heart, the body responds by trying to bulk up tiny blood vessels in the heart. As these so-called collateral vessels grow more muscular and interconnected, they begin to reroute some of the blood flow around the blockage.
I think the good news is that 2 of the grafts worked well and the stents are in place on the 2 that failed. I know this may soaund trite but take things easy, and try not to get frustrated.
My prayers go out to you as my sister had bypass surgery at  78 years old. 
Keep us updated here and know we care.
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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 2/13/2011 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response. I will take it easy and I'm trying to get on top of the anxiety. I go back to cardiac rehab next week so we'll see how things go.


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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/24/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
dear heart45,

I just came on here today to check the ulcerated colitise board, havent been on in a long time. then came to this site, I just had a double bypass on Jan. 11,2011. I am 54, and I had my first heart attack at 47 had 3 stents put in then. I havent started rehab yet I have 2 more weeks before I see my regular cardialigist, then he will set me up with rehab. my worse fear is this operation not working. how are you doing with it all now if you dont mind me asking. I am overall feeling pretty good, still have some pain but mostly when the weather is rainy are cold. I have trouble sleeping at night, I just cant get comfortable. I guess that is to be exspected. The nurse told me it would be a good six months before I really felt back to normal. It is all so very scary so I know how you feel. I hope that you are doing better now.
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