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Many people who suffer from congenital and coronary heart diseases owe their second life to heart surgery and other heart procedures.

In Singapore, more than 500 heart surgeries were performed in 2011, according to the National University Heart Centre. This number is seen to rise as many patients who had been operated on in infancy are now surviving into adulthood.

If you are considering heart surgery in Singapore, you have come to the right place. Singapore is one of the first countries in Asia to have pioneered open heart surgery in 1965. Singapore is also one of the countries in the world with the highest heart surgery survival rates for top heart procedures such as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), coronary angioplasty, and mitral valve repair and replacement, catheter ablation, pacemaker implant, among others.

Survival Rates For Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

The National University Heart Centre Singapore defines survival rate for heart surgery as “no deaths within 30 days of surgery or within the same hospital admission (as the heart surgery).”

In Singapore, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, also known as heart bypass, is the top heart surgery performed from 2009-2011 in terms of number of operations.

In 2011, a total of 513 heart bypass operations were performed at the NU Heart Centre.

In a heart bypass, a cardiothoracic surgeon uses a healthy artery from another part of the patient’s body to ‘bypass’ a blocked artery, thus restoring blood flow to the heart.

Ever since heart bypass was first performed in the 1960’s, the success of this heart surgery in prolonging and improving the quality of a patient’s life has been so significant that the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has called the procedure “one of the greatest success stories in medicine.”

CABG surgeries performed in Singapore from 2009-2011 registered an actual survival rate of 97.3%.

This achievement is made even more significant taking into consideration the fact that heart problems have become increasingly complex through the years, and the number of high risk patients has continued to increase.

Your Role In The Success Of A CABG Surgery

After surviving a CABG or any other heart surgery, you can expect to experience less of the symptoms of your heart condition. If, before the heart surgery, you had shortness of breath or fainting spells, heart murmurs and chest pain, then the heart surgery is supposed to reduce these symptoms.

Remember, a heart surgery like CABG does not offer to cure your congenital heart disease. Instead, the heart surgery will only alleviate the symptoms of your heart problems.

Unless you make a change for healthy living, such as eating healthy food and doing some regular exercises, then your heart condition will not improve.

Moreover, without any positive lifestyle changes, it would not be long before you might need another heart surgery to clean up clogged arteries and help your heart work well again.

If you are considering a heart surgery, see our cardiothoraric surgeon at The Harley Street Heart & Vascular Centre today. Thorough and patient, our doctors know how to conduct a CABG surgery with great success.
References:

http://www.nuhcs.com.sg/about-us/clinical-outcomes/heart-surgeries.html

http://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/heart-health-22/coronary-and-artery-news-356/heart-surgery-weighing-the-options-645667.html

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Coronary-artery-bypass/Pages/Introduction.aspx