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can open heart surgery cause anemia post op.

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can open heart surgery cause anemia post op.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
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Yes, it is possible that heart surgery can lead to post-operative anaemia. Any major surgery can lead to post-operative anaemia because any major surgery can lead to significant blood loss and consequent anemia.

And the issue is not just the blood loss during surgery, but with any major surgery, there can be some blood loss that occurs in the first days after surgery, and the combination of blood loss during and after surgery can result in post-operative anaemia.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.