Will I Survive? A Look Into The Survival Rates Of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery In Singapore

Many people who suffer from heart diseases owe their lives to heart surgery or other heart procedures.

According to the National University Heart Centre, Singaporeans had more than 500 heart surgeries in 2011. This number has gone up, and many patients who had surgery as children growing into healthy adults.

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.

It also has one of the highest heart surgery survival rates for top heart procedures. These procedures include surgeries like coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), coronary angioplasty, and mitral valve repair and replacement, catheter ablation, and pacemaker implants.

Survival Rates For Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

The National University Heart Centre Singapore defines the 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, a CABG, or a heart bypass, is the top heart surgery performed from 2009-2011 number of operations.

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

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

Since it was first performed in the 1960s, the surgery has prolonged and improved the quality of life. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology even called the heart bypass "one of the greatest success stories in medicine".

CABG surgeries performed in Singapore from 2009-2011 have a survival rate of 97.3%. This is a significant achievement, especially given that heart problems have become more complex over the years. Additionally, there has also been an increase in high-risk patients.

Your Role In The Success Of A CABG Surgery

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

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

Unless you make a change for healthy living - eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise - your heart condition will not improve.

Without positive lifestyle changes, it won't be long before you might need another heart surgery. You might even need another heart bypass to help your heart work again.

If you are considering heart surgery, see our cardiothoracic surgeon at The Harley Street Heart & Vascular Centre. 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


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