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My father underwent 4 CABG and valve repair 8 weeks ago. His

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My father underwent 4 CABG and valve repair 8 weeks ago. His pre op scans showed no signs of scaring in the heart and his ejection fraction was 45%. There were some post op issues with pleural effusion - that was drained 1 week after surgery. He is still very breathless and recent scans show some thickening around the lung and ejection fraction is currently 26%. Will this improve or has his surgery presented more long term issues?

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Yes, this will improve

The heart is always stunned after CABG

It will take about 6 months

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Will the thickness on the lungs recover with increased exercise / mobility? All the research I can find on thickness around lungs is caused by disease and not pleural effusion so I am unsure if this is curable?

Yes, it will

If it wasn't there before surgery, it is reversible

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you