stefan asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 month ago

What is an emergency sternotomy?

It’s something they have in hospitals.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's when the sternum is split to access the chest.

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  • 1 month ago

    it sounds like some type of surgery

  • 1 month ago

    It's when they cut down the center of your chest, usually for a CABG or a coronary artery bypass graft. They open your heart and take a small artery from somewhere on your body and place it so it let's blood go around a blocked artery. It's for people who have had heart attacks.

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    • marys.momma
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      1 month agoReport

      Generally they take a vein from your leg, not another artery.  Leg veins have little one-way valves, so they have to be careful to use them in the right direction for optimum blood flow to the heart muscle when they do bypass grafting (CABG, which is sometimes referred to as a "cabbage procedure").

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  • 1 month ago

    Nor "have",  its "do", its an emergency cutting down the center of the sternum to get into the chest cavity.

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