Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Infection, fever, swelling and other signs of inflammation
A reaction to anaesthesia
Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats)
Damage to tissues in the heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs
Stroke, which may cause short-term or permanent damage
Death (More likely to occur in people who are very sick before the surgery)
In general, the risk of complications is higher if heart surgery is done in an emergency situation (for example, during a heart attack). The risk also is higher if you have other underlying diseases or conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease, or peripheral arterial disease.